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Friday, February 09, 2018

Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released a minority view analysis on behalf of all Judiciary Committee Democrats of the Christopher Steele criminal referral sent last month by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). "The criminal referral of Christopher Steele has nothing to do with accountability," Feinstein said. "Clearly its goals included undermining the FBI and Special Counsel Mueller's investigation, attacking Christopher Steele and deflecting attention from collusion and obstruction of justice investigations. Not a single revelation in the Steele dossier has been refuted. Unfortunately, the claims in the criminal referral rely on classified information, so it's difficult to fully repudiate them here. However, as much as possible using unclassified information, the following points lay out the flaws in the criminal referral."

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The following analysis rebuts a series of claims in the Grassley-Graham criminal referral:

1. The criminal referral is not based on any allegation that Steele lied or misrepresented facts about Carter Page or what is included in the Steele dossier.... 2. The criminal referral omits key facts.... 3. The criminal referral fails to make a case that Christopher Steele lied to the FBI.... 4. Christopher Steele is a respected and reliable expert on Russia.... 5. Mr. Steele came forward voluntarily out of concern for U.S. national security.... 6. The criminal referral contains no new information.... 7. The facts about Carter Page are not disputed. As has been widely reported, the FBI was aware of Page's extensive connections to Russia several years before he joined the Trump campaign.

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Friday document dump that may go largely unreported. But it pretty much eviscerates the narratives smearing former British MI6 official Christopher Steele who should be viewed as a hero, not as some anti-Trump pariah.

Let the facts speak for themselves.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-02-09 06:48 PM | Reply

Pretty common for a minority review analysis be released on any criminal referral, it will remain to be seen what, as Tony notes, shakes out in the long run.

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-02-09 07:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Not a single revelation in the Steele dossier has been verified.

#3 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-02-09 09:52 PM | Reply

"Not a single revelation in the Steele dossier has been verified. "

YOU LIE.

www.newsweek.com

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/456079/republican-house-releases-fisa-memo-confirms-steele- dossier-suspicions

Even National Review admits the verified parts.

Which begs the question: why do YOU still fall for the lies the liars are telling?

#4 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-02-09 10:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#4. He's not falling for lies he's growing them.

#5 | Posted by Zed at 2018-02-09 10:02 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Correct link for above:

www.nationalreview.com

#6 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-02-09 10:05 PM | Reply

Not a single revelation in the Steele dossier has been verified.
#3 | Posted by sawdust

carter page himself verified some of it.

#7 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-02-09 10:31 PM | Reply

Not a single revelation in the Steele dossier has been verified.
#3 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

How the once mighty have fallen into incoherent babble....

Verified Claims from the Steele Dossier

Verified: Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page met with representatives of Russian state-owned oil giant Rosneft.
Verified: The Kremlin targeted educated youth and swing state voters during its cyber attacks in the 2016 campaign.
Verified: Trump maintains ties to rich businessmen from Azerbaijan.

#8 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-02-09 10:58 PM | Reply

My mistake.

As was the case with Feinstein, I have a bad cold.

#9 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-02-09 11:03 PM | Reply

Not a single revelation in the Steele dossier has been refuted.

Including the pee-pee dance.

#10 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-09 11:03 PM | Reply

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Wow. More revelations from the Steele dossier have been verified than refuted. I wonder if Hannity or Rush have bothered to acknowledge as much.

#11 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-09 11:07 PM | Reply

Interesting if this was a sterling piece of investigation by a sterling foreign agent why would Comey call it "salacious and unverified."

But to say that not a single revelation has been verified is an overstatement. Just as to say that not a single revelation has been refuted.

#12 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-02-09 11:38 PM | Reply

Comey said parts of the dossier were salacious and unverified. He did not say all of it was.

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-09 11:47 PM | Reply

Just as to say that not a single revelation has been refuted.
#12 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

Everything but the pee-pee dance.

#14 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-09 11:49 PM | Reply

What is needed is full disclosure and transparency.

#15 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-02-10 11:35 AM | Reply

Dissecting the Grassley-Graham Letter's Criticisms of the Carter Page FISA Application

www.justsecurity.org

#16 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-11 09:52 AM | Reply

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