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1. John Solomon: "Christopher Steele credibility highly questionable"
In Feb 2016, Steele's Orbis security company emailed to potential private-sector client documents and cover email with provocative claim: Putin might be losing his grip on power.
thehill.com/hilltv/rising/…
2. The CIA declared on Feb. 9, 2016, just a day after Steele sent the email, that Putin appeared emboldened for a "more assertive foreign policy approach" and a Western disinformation campaign because his popularity was soaring in his homeland.
3. FBI counterintelligence analyst Jon Moffa recently told congressional investigators in a transcribed interview that the bureau was still trying to verify the Steele dossier when it was submitted as evidence for the FISA warrant.
4. "Our work on verifying facts of the FISA would have been - facts of the reporting would have been ongoing at the time the FISA was generated," Moffa told House investigators, according to the transcript.
5. Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page told Congress past summer that in May 2017 - 7months after FISA warrant was issued, and 9 months after the Russia probe was started - the FBI had not corroborated the main allegation in Steele's dossier about collusion between Moscow and the Trump.
6. Comey testified in June 2017 that the dossier was considered unverified and salacious.
Yet it was used as evidence to justify FBI spying on the campaign of a duly-elected GOP presidential nominee's campaign.
7. Even though it started as political opposition research paid for by the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton's campaign.
Even Steele's former boss, Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson, expressed uncertainty about some of the Russia intelligence Steele was providing.
8. Simpson told Ohr that Steele's main source wasn't in Moscow but, a former Russian intelligence figure in Washington, the notes show.
9. "Much of the collection about the Trump campaign ties to Russia comes from a former Russian intelligence officer (? not entirely clear) who lives in the US,"  Ohr wrote in his notes, quoting Simpson.
10. What makes the entire case exquisitely startling is that the FBI exercised no diligence in corroborating the authenticity of Christopher Steele's claims.
Both the CIA intelligence as well as his Orbis private client claims would have destroyed his credibility at the onset.
11. He appears to have no actual Russia expertise, at least not currently, even if he did many years ago.
His "Russian" sources deserve the quotes used to connote incredulity at their actual existence.
12. The other thing that leads one to conclude positive momentum in FISA case is counter-messaging from CNN and Maggie Haberman, both reliable Democrat mouthpieces.
The turn of the screw produces reliable squeaking, and that's what we're hearing.
-fin
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