Former Hussein Obama State Department Official Got Intel Report on Trump Campaign
Friday, Jonathan Winer, a former US deputy assistant Secretary of State, wrote that former British spy Christopher Steele and Sidney Blumenthal, an close ally of Hillary Clinton, provided him with intelligence reports that alleged collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russians.
“In September 2016, Steele and I met in Washington and discussed the information now known as the ‘dossier,'” Mr. Winer wrote.
Mr. Winer, who worked in the State Department in the 1990’s and again starting in Y 2013, had been friends with Mr. Steele and kept in touch with him on Russian matters.
At their Y 2016 meeting, Mr. Winer wrote that the information in the ‘dossier’ from Steele’s sources suggested that the Kremlin had hacked the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Hillary Clinton campaign, as well as that of Donald Trump, and had ties with candidate Trump’s associates and campaign.
The former official shared Mr. Steele’s information he had received with Victoria Nuland, a former assistant Secretary of State, who then passed it on to the then-Secretary of State John Kerry.
Later that month, Mr. Winer said, he met with Mr. Blumenthal, who gave him notes from journalist Cody Shearer that also said Russians had information that would compromise Donald Trump.
“What struck me was how some of the material echoed Steele’s but appeared to involve different sources,” Mr. Winer wrote.
He shared Mr. Shearer’s notes with Mr. Steele, to ask his professional opinion. He allowed Mr. Steele to keep a copy of the information, and then Mr. Steele then shared the information with the FBI.
“Given that I had not worked with Shearer and knew that he was not a professional intelligence officer, I did not mention or share his notes with anyone at the State Department. I did not expect them to be shared with anyone in the US government,” Mr. Winer wrote.
“I learned later that Steele did share them with the FBI, after the FBI asked him to provide everything he had on allegations relating to Trump, his campaign, and Russian interference in US elections,” Mr. Winer wrote in the WP.
“I am in no position to judge the accuracy of the information generated by Steele or Shearer. But I was alarmed at Russia’s role in the 2016 election, and so were U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials. I believe all Americans should be alarmed — and united in the search for truth about Russian interference in our democracy, and whether Trump and his campaign had any part in it,” Mr. Winer wrote.
The information in Mr. Winer’s piece matches up with events noted in an investigation referral Senators Chuck Grassley, (R-Iowa), and Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-SC), filed on 4 January 2017.
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