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Strzok Testimony Suggests Steele Dossier Did Help Launch FBI’s Trump Investigation

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15.03.2019

Yesterday Rep. Doug Collins, the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, released the transcript of the committee’s June 2018 interview of former FBI agent Peter Strzok. Unfortunately, because of the ongoing special counsel investigation, the attorney representing the FBI’s interests directed Strzok to keep mum on the most significant questions. Other important queries went unanswered because Strzok claimed they touched on classified information that could not be disclosed in the unclassified setting.

Nonetheless, Strzok’s testimony, when considered in conjunction with the recently released transcript of the House’s questioning of DOJ attorney Bruce Ohr, provides additional texture helpful for understanding the FBI’s launch of Crossfire Hurricane on July 31, 2016. Together the testimony of the duo further calls into question Democrats’ claim that the salacious Steele dossier played no role in the FBI’s decision to target the Donald Trump presidential campaign, but that instead the FBI “initiated its counterintelligence investigation” based on Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos’ purported foreknowledge of the WikiLeaks hack of the Democratic National Committee’s emails.

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat, made this assertion in his minority response to Republican Devin Nunes’ memorandum on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse. In his memo, Schiff unequivocally stated “Christopher........

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