An investigative report by the Daily Caller has uncovered evidence that the FBI offered to pay Trump dossier author Christopher Steele to gather intelligence on Lt. General Michael Flynn in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election.
The report has gone virtually unnoticed by the mainstream media. It’s likely to receive renewed attention by some outlets now that government documents prove that Steele spread rumors during the winter of 2016-17 that Flynn had an affair with a Russian woman.
The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross reports:
It is not clear how and when Steele came across the rumor, or if it was the result of the FBI asking him to look into Flynn.
The inspector general’s report, released on Dec. 9, 2019, said that FBI agents offered to pay Steele “significantly” to collect intelligence from three separate “buckets” that the bureau was pursuing as part of Crossfire Hurricane, its counterintelligence probe of four Trump campaign associates.
One bucket was “Additional intelligence/reporting on specific, named individuals (such as [Carter Page] or [Flynn]) involved in facilitating the Trump campaign-Russian relationship,” the IG report stated.
FBI agents also sought contact with “any individuals or sub sources” who Steele could provide to “serve as cooperating witnesses to assist in identifying persons involved in the Trump campaign-Russian relationship.”
By that time, the opposition research firm Fusion GPS had contracted Steele to compile the infamous Russia dossier on Donald Trump and his associates, including Carter Page, Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen.