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Comey and McCabe fought to include Steele dossier in intelligence assessment on Russian interference

December 10, 2019

Then-FBI Director James Comey and then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe fought to include information from British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s dossier in the January 2017 intelligence community assessment on Russian election interference, according to a Justice Department watchdog report.


But the CIA “expressed concern” about using the former MI6 agent’s salacious and unverified allegations, and the allegations ultimately did not make an appearance in the body of the text of the assessment of Russia’s activities during the 2016 election.


The detailed examination of the clash between the FBI and the CIA comes from an FBI intelligence section chief and a supervisory intelligence analyst who appeared in Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report about his Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act investigation, which was released on Monday.


The CIA believed Steele’s dossier, which contained claims about Trump that, if true, could be used as blackmail, including a so-called pee tape, "was not completely vetted and did not merit inclusion in the body of the report.” The agency also dismissed Steele’s allegations as “internet rumor,” and the other intelligence agencies ultimately overruled efforts by Comey, McCabe, and the bureau to include Steele's work in the intelligence community assessment.



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