REPORT: FBI Supervisor Didn't Reveal Red Flag About Steele
***Post-Mueller Report Poll***
Case in point, the unraveling case of FBI informant Christopher Steele and his maligned dossier against Donald Trump.
Government officials have provided investigative reporter John Solomon with an email proving Steele met with individuals at the State Department – a breach of protocol – and that an FBI counterintelligence supervisor received that information before a secret surveillance warrant was obtained to investigate Trump's campaign.
Per The Hill:
Multiple sources confirm to me that the recipient of the State Department email was Special Agent Stephen Laycock, then the FBI’s section chief for Eurasian counterintelligence and now one of the bureau’s top executives as the assistant director for intelligence under Director Christopher Wray.
The email to Laycock from Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec arrived eight days before the FBI swore to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that it had no derogatory information on Steele and used his anti-Trump dossier to secure a secret surveillance warrant to investigate Trump’s possible ties to Moscow.
Officials tell me that Laycock immediately forwarded the information he received about Steele on Oct. 13, 2016, to the FBI team leading the Trump-Russia investigation, headed by then-fellow Special Agent Peter Strzok. [emphasis mine]
The officials declined to say what the FBI did with the information about Steele after it reached Strzok’s team, or what the email specifically revealed. A publicly disclosed version of the email has been heavily redacted in the name of national security.