U.S. officials leaked new information to CNN today, and consequently, the infamous Steele dossier just got mainstream credibility. CNN reports that the FBI cited it to get a FISA warrant to monitor Trump’s former advisor, Carter Page. Seth Abramson, editor, attorney, freelance journalist, and professor revealed as much last month on Twitter. Now, we know the dossier has elements that must be credible indeed.
“Officials familiar with the process say even if the application to monitor Page included information from the dossier, it would only be after the FBI had corroborated the information through its own investigation. The officials would not say what or how much was corroborated.”
Seth Abramson believes that FBI Criminal Division leaks to Team Trump led to the murder of Oleg Erovinkin and other sources of dossier information by Vladimir Putin within days. The same leaks resulted in James Comey’s letter to Congress on October 28, 2016, about Hillary Clinton’s emails. Abramson believes these leaks resulted in Trump’s election win.
Two revealing tweets from Abramson:
7) These leaks between the FBI’s Criminal Division and Team Trump had been responsible for the Comey Letter _and_ Trump’s election victory.
8) Steele’s sources were SAFE when FBI CI had the dossier, SAFE when McCain had it, and DEAD or IN HIDING once the dossier went to FBI CD.
The individual tweets can be seen at the thread below:
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) April 18, 2017
Carter Page is responding by planning to take Obama officials to court:
“I look forward to the Privacy Act of 1974 lawsuit that I plan to file in response to the civil rights violations by Obama administration appointees last year…The discovery process will be of great value to the United States, as our nation hears testimony from them under oath, and we receive disclosure of the documents which show what exactly was done in 2016,” Page said in a statement.
Legal analysts at LawNewz.com tried to decipher what civil rights violations Page is referring to.
The “somewhat outdated” Privacy Act of 1974 is meant to prevent the government from releasing a person’s personal information without prior authorization. National security law expert, Bradley Moss, suggested Page may be referring to leaks to the press about details in the DOJ’s affidavit to the FISC (secret FISA court). He also said the law was a “paper tiger statute” gutted by the SCOTUS in 2012.
Page seems to be taking a page from Trump by attacking Obama when all signs point to the dossier bearing out more each day. When asked point-blank by Anderson Cooper if Page thought Moscow tried to interfere in the presidential elections, Page claimed, “I don’t think about those things.” He calls intel reports like the dossier, “all politics.” We’re betting he and Trump are thinking a whole lot about those things today, and politics is the least of their concerns.
Watch Carter Page recently getting grilled by Anderson Cooper on his admitted Russian contact below: