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미국 하원 정보위원회(House Permanent Select Committee onIntelligence)
위원장 데빈 누네스(Devin Nunes) 의원
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기사 제목 "FBI정보원 '러시아, 클린턴 로비 위해 미국에 수백만불 송금"
Senate documents show FBI trying to suppress release of
new Trump dossier info
BY SHARYL ATTKISSON, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR ? 02/05/18 11:05 AM EST
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL
released a letter they sent to the FBI asking that ex-British spy Christopher Steele
be investigated for possible criminal violations.
Steele authored the anti-Trump “dossier” that was full of false or
unverified information, provided to the FBI and leaked to the press in 2016.
The FBI secretly used the Steele dossier to convince a Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Court to permit one of the most sensitive invasions of privacy
against a U.S. citizen: electronic surveillance by the government. Top Obama and
Trump officials signed four wiretap applications against Trump adviser Carter Page
starting in fall of 2016 - a month before the presidential election - relying, in part,
on the dossier. That’s according to House Republicans who, on Friday,
released a summary of classified documents they reviewed.
The FBI’s reliance on the anti-Trump dossier is questionable because while the judge
was reportedly told the author had political motivations, the FBI allegedly did not
disclose who funded it: Donald Trump’s chief opponent in the presidential race - the Hillary Clinton campaign - and the Democratic National Committee.
Not only that, the newly-released criminal referral says Steele actually
incorporated information that was funneled to him through Clinton associates
and the U.S. State Department where Clinton had served as Secretary of State
from 2009 to early 2013.
In a memo dated Oct. 19, 2016, Steele wrote that a foreign source who was
in touch with “a friend of the Clintons” passed him material through
a U.S. State Department connection.
Woods Procedures - that forbid it from presenting even a single unverified fact
to the special court, let alone a lengthy dossier full of them.
The criminal referral unveiled today says Steele's possible violations involve claims
he reportedly made about his dealings with the media. Conflicting accounts arose
as part of a lawsuit in Great Britain where Steele is defending a libel claim made
by a Russian businessman. Steele publicly accused him of hacking the Democratic Party.
The criminal referral is not a formal accusation of wrongdoing against Steele,
but a request for an investigation.
Conflicts of interest?
In the bigger picture, the criminal referral highlights conflicts of interest
questions emerging in the wide-ranging investigations:
The Steele criminal referral in essence asks the FBI to investigate a source
with whom FBI officials collaborated, and whose evidence they used in a fashion
that’s under congressional investigation.
The referral was addressed to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosensteinwho himself
signed at least one of the questionable wiretap applications using the Steele dossier.
It was also addressed to FBI Director Christopher Wray whose choice for
general counsel, Dana Boente, also signed at least one of the wiretap applications.
Boente replaced James Baker, a confidante of former FBI Director James Comey,
who signed three of the wiretap applications.
(Baker was reassigned in December after questions arose about leaks promoting
the anti-Trump material in the dossier. Last June, Comey admitted that
he secretly orchestrated a leak to the press to prompt a special counsel
investigation of any Trump-Russia ties.