Noted hoaxer, Christopher Steele was found guilty of defamation against two Russian bankers he accused of paying off Vladimir Putin and was included in the Steele dossier.
He has been ordered to pay Mikhail Fridman and Petr Aven, two owners of Alfa Bank $18,000 pounds each for lying about them in the dossier without even trying to verify his facts.
Steele claimed that the bank made illicit payments to Putin and continued to do significant favors for him still. The ruling, handed down by Sir Mark Warby, a justice on the high court of England and Wales marks the first court defeat for Steele but will hardly be his last.
Warby determined that Steele’s allegation about illicit payments was false and that he made no attempt to verify his information before publishing his fake dossier. Warby ruled that Steele’s allegations were “inaccurate or misleading as a matter of fact.”
“The steps taken to verify [this] proposition fell short of what would have been reasonable,” the justice also said, adding that “the allegation clearly called for closer attention, a more enquiring approach, and more energetic checking.”
“My findings are analogous to a finding of liability for libel.”
Warby emphasized Steele’s admission during cross-examination in mid-March that the dossier contained inaccurate information regarding a Russian he claimed served as the bag man for an alleged scheme between the bankers and Vladimir Putin.
Steele alleged that Oleg Govorun made the secret payments on Alfa’s behalf to Putin when he served as deputy mayor of St. Petersburg.
But the bankers’ lawyer, Hugh Tomlinson, forced Steele to concede that the allegation was inaccurate because Govorun did not start working for Alfa Bank until after Putin was no longer deputy mayor of St. Petersburg. Steele testified that he conducted a single internet search regarding Govorun before adding the information to the dossier.
“It is unclear what efforts Mr. Steele made to verify this allegation, other than the one relevant internet search to which he has referred,” Warby said in his ruling. “Mr. Steele’s evidence as to the single relevant internet search he undertook was unimpressive.”
Former British spy Christopher Steele, the author of the anti-Trump dossier of salacious and unverified claims about the president’s ties to Russia, has agreed to be questioned by investigators from the United States, according to a report in Britain.
The Times (UK) cited sources close to Steele on Tuesday in reporting that the 54-year-old is set to be interviewed in London within weeks. The development comes as attention has returned to the dossier authored by Steele — especially since its more sensational claims were not substantiated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose report found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.
The paper did not specifically say who Steele would be interviewed by.
But there are several ongoing investigations in the U.S. related to the origins of the Russia probe, and federal investigators are probing how the Democrat-funded anti-Trump dossier written by Steele was used to secure surveillance warrants for former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in 2016.
Congressional committees have unsuccessfully sought testimony from Steele, who drafted the dossier while working for political opposition firm Fusion GPS, co-founded by Glenn Simpson.
Attorney General Bill Barr also recently announced that he appointed John Durham, the U.S. Attorney in Connecticut, to review the FBI’s Russia probe. Barr has testified that “spying” occurred against the Trump campaign during the 2016 campaign and has voiced interest in getting to the bottom of what happened.
Marc Elias. longtime Hillary lawyer and DNC liar for hire who has fought voter ID laws all across the country and the man who commissioned the fake Steele dossier and his law firm has been sanctioned by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals for ethical violations.
Elias was sanctioned by Texas federal appeals judges for a “redundant and misleading submission” and for violating his ethical “duty of candor” to the court.
Elias filed an addendum to a court case involving straight-ticket voting that Democrats opposed before the 2020 election. But, he hid one important fact from the court.
The addendum was exactly the same as he had filed earlier that was rejected but that he did not inform the court about.
For their criminal behavior, Elias and his law firm Perkins Coie were hit with having to pay for attorney fees and double the court costs and requires them to take a course in legal ethics.
A top Democratic election lawyer was smacked with sanctions by Texas federal appeals judges for a “redundant and misleading submission” and for violating his ethical “duty of candor” to the court in a case in which the Democratic Party was fighting against a state law that banned straight-ticket voting.
Marc Elias, a lawyer for Perkins Coie who is well known for his election fights during the 2020 contest and for hiring the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which hired British ex-spy Christopher Steele in 2016, was criticized and punished by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit on Thursday, along with a number of his colleagues.
Judge Edith Clement, nominated by former President George W. Bush in 2001, and Judge Jennifer Elrod, nominated by Bush in 2007, both ordered Elias and his associates to be sanctioned, while Judge Catharina Haynes, another 2007 Bush nominee, did not.
“Appellees did not notify the court that their latest motion to supplement the record filed on February 10, 2021 was nearly identical to the motion to supplement the record filed several months ago by the same attorneys, on September 29, 2020. Critically, Appellees likewise failed to notify the court that their previous and nearly identical motion was denied,” the judges ruled. “This inexplicable failure to disclose the earlier denial of their motion violated their duty of candor to the court.”
It’s a real shame that 97.6% of Democratic lawyers give the rest a bad name.
They have the ethics of an alley cat.
They are the ones who make sure there is a two-tier justice system.
Elias is the one who hired Fusion GPS and subsequently Christopher Steele and his phony dossier.
During his last days of his term in office, President Donald Trump is delivering on one of the problems he made that most of his supporters have been waiting very patiently for him to do: a massive declassification dump of FBI documents showing the Russia collusion delusion story was leaked in the finals weeks of the 2016 presidential election in order to cover up, or remove the focus from Hillary Clinton’s illegal private email server.
The documents that are supposed to be released on Friday include FBI interviews and reports for two of the top informants in the Russia investigation, former British spy Christopher Steele, and CIA asset and academic Stefan Halper.
President Trump authorized the release of a 12 – 14 inches stack of internal FBI and DOJ documents that detail significant problems in the investigation and they give a pretty detailed timeline of then the FBI first understood that the Steele dossier was crap, according to multiple government officials.
Part of the explosive discovery is an admission by Steele that he violated a confidential human source agreement with the FBI – he was a confidential informant – by leaking parts of his phony dossier to the news media in the last weeks of the election campaign because he hated Donald Trump and wanted to dilute the ramifications of Hillary Clinton’s email server scandal that was causing a negative impact on her campaign. Steele made the confession in the fall of 2017 when he was interviewed by agents.
This means that fired and disgraced former FBI Director James Comey knew the whole time that the dossier was phony and he not only didn’t say anything, but he went ahead and allowed his FBI to move forward with the Russian collusion investigation.
Steele was hired by Hillary Clinton’s campaign’s law firm Perkins Coie to create anti-Trump documents in an attempt to link Trump to the Russians. Steele told agents that he had two clients at that time – Hillary Clinton and the FBI – and that he stuck with Clinton over the FBI for leaking to the press. He also told agents that Comey’s decision to reopen the Clinton email investigation in the fall of 2016 is what prompted him to leak his dossier information. to the press.
Those leaks led the FBI to end their contract with Steele, but they continued to use his information. Current FBI Director Chris Wray knew about this for a year and has said nothing publicly, instead allowing the documents to be hidden by being classified. Steele also admitted that his Russian collusion delusion, which was proven by Special Counsel Robert Mueller two years later, was leaked to the press to help Hillary’s email scandal.
The Trump administration declassified documents last year showing that the CIA warned President Obama and the FBI that it intercepted intelligence that showed Hillary Clinton personally sanctioned an operation to “vilify” Donald Trump with the phony story of Russian collusion as a way to take the focus off of her illegal private email server scandal. Again, this means that Chris Wray knew and did absolutely nothing.
The angry grouch former CIA director John Brennan knew the whole time the dossier was a fraud, and he did nothing publicly to clear it up. In fact, he continued to argue on cable news networks that Trump colluded with Russia. What a scumbag.
The fact that the phony dossier was not corroborated by the FBI, and they used it as a source to get a FISA warrant to spy on former Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page, means that someone should go to prison. John Brennan knew the whole time that the dossier was a fraud, and he also knew that Carter Page worked for the CIA whenever they asked him to obtain information when he did business in Russia, and he allowed page’s life to be turned upside down. John Brenna did the equivalent of leaving a brother soldier behind.
The documents to be declassified will also reveal a connection between Steele and one of the Democrats’ key impeachment witnesses in the Ukraine scandal, the former Trump National Security Council
The soon-to-be-released records also expose a tantalizing connection between Steele, his primary source and one of the Democrats’ key impeachment witnesses in the Ukraine scandal, Fiona Hill, a former Trump National Security Council Russia expert. These cretins worked for the president and they went against him knowing the whole time there was nothing to it.
Steele alerted the FBI that he was introduced to his primary sub source by Hill, and he later told Hill that the sub source gave him information that made it into his memos.
The documents will also prove that the FBI gave instructions to Halper to work as an FBI informant to infiltrate the Trump campaign by acting like he wanted to work for the Trump campaign and then to target campaign advisers to allegedly either find out what the advisers knew about campaign ties with Russia or to plant such information.
The declassification of documents will start the beginning of a storm of controversy in the DC swamp. The mainstream media will call it misleading and problem label it as Russian disinformation. But one thing is clear. The American people will finally get to see what the high-ranking officials in the Obama administration knew all along.
Sen Lindsey Graham says he will release evidence next week that proves the FBI lied to congress about the Steele/Hillary/DNC dossier.
Since most of the Mueller investigation came down to lying to the FBI and lying to congress, can we finally expect criminal charges against the Deep State?
By now, it should be obvious tom everyone that not only was the dossier was a scam, the FBI knew it was a scam and used it anyway in their treasonous attempt to overthrow a duly elected president.
It’s been four years since the coup began and it is way past time for multiple Democrats to see the inside of a prison cell, especially James Comey and John Brennan.
Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released a previously classified document on July 17th that undercut the dossier more than had already been done.
The FBI and Robert Mueller and his angry little Democrats were well aware that the dossier was dodgy at best.
According to that memo, the primary source for the dossier was Igor Danchenko, who told the FBI and Mueller that Steele embellished what he had told him and outright inflated other information that was passed on to him.
It was also obvious even to the casual observer that none of the sources used by the primary source had any deep ties or ties at all to the Kremlin. However, when Steele wrote his work of fiction, he said that they did. He did however know that they did not. Steele is the Adam Schiff of British Intelligence.
He said it will be revealed next week that members of Congress requested an FBI briefing in 2018 after raising suspicions about the dossier and Steele’s source.
“We also now have found this, and this will come out next week, that Congress got suspicious about the Russian subsource and the reliability of the Steele dossier, and that members of Congress asked to be briefed about it,” Graham said.
Graham added that he has discovered notes that the FBI drafted ahead of a briefing in 2018.
“Stay tuned next week, you’re going to find that not only did the FBI lie to the FISA court, they lied their ass off to the Congress,” Graham said.
There has been speculation for quite a while on who Christopher Steele’s sub source was and why that person was not identified.
Now, we might have the answer to both questions. The identity of the sub source is Igor Danchenko. As to why he wasn’t identified, it may all come back to the conspiracy to drive President Trump from office.
There has also been some question as to how Adam Schiff’s star witness Fiona Hill had seen the dossier well before it was ever released. That is no longer a question. You may recall that it was Fiona Hill who allegedly debunked the theory that Ukraine interfered in 2016 in order to benefit Hillary Clinton.
We now know that she lied and there is now a mountain of proof that they did interfere including the fake Black Ledger.
So, is there a connection between Danchenko and Hill? Danchenko’s senior thesis from the University of Louisville, thanks a professor who aided him greatly and that professor was……drum roll please….Fiona Hill.
But there are other connections between the two. Both worked at the Brookings Institute. And of course, both are connected to the nefarious George Soros.
In 2017, Roger Stone outed Hill as a member in good standing of the Deep State.
identification of PSS at https://t.co/TtYTdjBIj9 is about as certain as can be. I’ve crosschecked details and everything matches. Hans, FN, walkafyre have all checked it as well. So take it to the bank.
McIntyre has done a great job over the past few years uncovering the layers to the Russia scam and he provides multiple tweets confirming the PSS is Danchenko.
The connection to Fiona Hill is huge. This shows that Adam Schiff’s disgusting unconstitutional impeachment proceeding based on no crimes on the part of President Trump had as star witness, Fiona Hill, who is a close associate of the individual behind the grotesque and unverified Steele dossier, which was the heart of the Trump Russia dossier.
Opinion| Eric Tompson| Remember back to the third 2016 presidential debate when Hillary Clinton seemed to accuse Vladimir Putin of favoring then-candidate Donald Trump by directing a surveillance campaign against the DNC and then passing hacked emails along to WikiLeaks who made them public?
Now listen closely. Hillary’s words were carefully delivered to create the impression among viewers that Russian operatives were behind the hacked emails when no actual evidence actually existed of that.
Hillary Clinton: The Russian government has engaged in espionage against American, against American websites, American accounts of private people, of institutions. Then they have given that information to Wikileaks for the purpose of putting it on the internet…
That’s a general statement that probably can’t be refuted, but it’s true of our own government as well… the only difference is instead of disseminating the damning information on the internet our intelligence agencies use the legacy media… The Washington Post and the NY Times are two favorites.
Then more generalities from Madame Clinton, “It’s pretty clear that Russians have engaged in cyber attacks against the United States of America…
“that’s because, he’d [Putin] rather have a puppet [Trump] at this stage.”
The thin reed Clinton’s allegations were reliant upon collapsed when the president of Crowdstrike, the DNC contractor paid to prove Russia was responsible for exfiltrating the hacked emails (yeah, the FBI took the word of DNC paid agents rather than doing their own forensic analysis), admitted under oath -three years later – that it had found no evidence that Russia exfiltrated any emails from the DNC server.
There's a quote from Assange — maybe someone can find it, I can't rn — saying that it's possible that many different actors, including state actors, got inside the DNC system, but that doesn't mean they actually stole (aka exfiltrated) the emails Wikileaks later released.
That fact didn’t deter the FBI, the DOJ, and a special counsel, from embarking on an evidence-free, three-year witch hunt against our president, aided by the Obama administration’s head of the CIA, John Brennan, and DNI, James Clapper among many other high-ranking officials aligned with the former president.
Now, British Justice Warby has further exposed the FBI’s malfeasance on behalf of Hillary’s effort to steal the presidency when he entered a 52-page ruling:
In his ruling, Justice Warby found that Hillary Clinton was Christopher Steele’s ultimate client after the entire operation was laundered through the law firm Perkins Coie.
Conclusion… The corruption of the Obama administration was so pervasive that even three years after a bogus report (the Steele Dossier) was paid for and promoted by a losing presidential candidate, it still served as the predicate for an FBI, populated by Obama holdovers, to attempt to drive a duly-elected president from office.
Here comes the counterpunches … and when they land, it’s going to be EPIC.
On Sunday Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that he had made a request to interview an FBI case agent and supervisory intelligence analyst who met with the primary source of former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele but had so far been denied. Steele’s dossier was central to the FBI’s decision to obtain Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants to surveil Trump associate Carter Page and fueled two years of speculation in the media about President Donald Trump, his campaign, and the Kremlin.
“I made a request to interview the case agent and the intel analyst and there were two other people who interviewed the sub-source for three days in January, again in March, again in May, and they’re denying me the ability to do that,” Graham told the program.
Graham said he will continue to work the system.
The dossier contained a collection of unsubstantiated claims about collusion between Russia and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. It was paid, through intermediaries, by the campaign of Trump’s opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic National Committee.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found in his report (pdf) on FISA abuse, released in December 2019, that FBI interviews with the primary sub-source in January, March, and May 2017 “raised significant questions about the reliability of the Steele election reporting.”
“ It was clear that the dossier was a sham. So what happened? What happens at that point? They don’t tell the court and they continue to get FISA warrants based on that dossier. And more damning is that they actually filed with the court a statement saying, ‘We talked to the sub-source and we found him credible and cooperative.’ And they put that in to bolster the dossier,” Barr said.
“It’s hard to look at this stuff and not think it was a gross abuse,” he said.
The question is why won’t the FBI release the names so these people can be interviewed? Are they colluding with the Democrats? Let’s hope Graham gets to the bottom of this.
With the GOP out of power and John Durham as worthless as teats on a boar hog, the only avenue for uncovering the Democrat’s plot with the aid of the FBI and DOJ to depose duly elected President Donald Trump and that, happens to be a lawsuit filed by Alpha Bank who was falsely accused of being in secret communications with the Trump campaign.
The lawsuit filed by the three owners of Alpha Bank has reached the discovery phase.
The discovery phase is all-important because it forces the FBI, the DOJ and Fusion GPX to supply them with all pertinent information regarding the alleged defamation against Alpha Bank and its three owners, Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven and German Khan regarding collusion between the bank and President Trump. They have submitted a list of 22 witnesses including alleged journalists David Corn, Michael Isikoff and Eric Lichtblau.
Those three alleged journalists wrote extensively on collusion between Trump and Russia which we all now know is completely discredited. Although journalists do not normally have to give up their sources, in a case where false information was passed on to them, that right no longer exists. We may finally know who talked the alleged journalists into writing false allegations in their effort to execute a coup against the government.
The financiers are also battling with lawyers for Steele’s primary source of information, Igor Danchenko. Danchenko has already denied much of what Christopher Steele put in his phony dossier.
Getting him on the stand would be powerful testimony, to say the least.
Remember, this is our last chance to hold those who committed crimes accountable for their actions and possibly send some people to prison. Otherwise, there is nothing stopping them from doing it again.
Interviews with Steele and Danchenko could yield crucial information about how they collected information for the dossier, and how it was passed to journalists and U.S. government officials before and after the 2016 election.
Danchenko’s insight could be especially key because he has contradicted some of Steele’s allegations in the dossier during interviews with the FBI in January 2017.
The Alfa Bank owners want to find the ultimate source of information for two specific claims about them that began circulating before the 2016 election.