The Steele dossier, sometimes referred to as the Clinton-Steele dossier is a discredited political work originally put together as opposition research by the Clinton campaign and Democratic party, which was funneled to the Obama FBI and used to justify illegal surveillance on candidate and President Donald Trump.
On January 10, 2016, ten days before Trump's inauguration, Obama DNI James Clapper leaked the phony Steele dossier to CNN and BuzzFeed who then jointly made it available to the public. The dossier alleges Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. Barack Obama approved declassification and widespread dissemination of the dossier's smears and fake allegations, and violation of the Fourth Amendment rights of American citizens.
The FISA court was not told that the dossier was a Clinton campaign opposition-research project, and that its author, Christopher Steele, had been terminated as an informant for lying to the FBI about his contacts with the media.
The dossier is named after former MI6 officer Christopher Steele,  who was paid $168,000 by Hillary Clinton and the Democrats for the smears and used by the Obama Justice Department to perpetrate a fraud upon the FISA court, the media, and American people. While originally using the dossier as "evidence" of collusion, Democrats eventually tried to deny or downplay this after it was found to be very unreliable and false.
Throughout July, August and September 2016 FusionGPS paid journalists from the New York Times, ABC News, Ken Dilanian of NBC News, David Corn of Mother Jones, Michael Isikoff of Yahoo! News and others to listen to Christopher Steele and shop the Steele dossier narrative for mainstream publication. Court papers confirm payments.
- Late 2015 Washington Free Beacon hires Fusion GPS.
- Spring 2016 Beacon ends relationship with Fusion. DNC, Hillary campaign hires Fusion.
- June 2016 Fusion GPS hires Christopher Steele.
- June 20 Steele completes the first of seventeen sections of the dossier.
- July 14 Media accuses campaign of revising Ukraine plank in the Republican platform in the first major attack focusing on alleged Russian ties.
- July 19 Second section of dossier completed.
- Aug. 30 House Democratic leaders ask FBI to investigate Trump's Russia ties.
- July 26 to Sept. 14 Dossier sections 3 to 13 completed
- Oct. 3 to Oct. 19 Sections 14 to 17 completed.
- Oct. 11 A written account of Asst. Sec. of State Kathleen Kavalec's meeting with FBI informant Christopher Steele shows the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign-funded British intelligence operative admitted that his research was political and facing a November 8, 2016 Election Day deadline. The confession occurred 10 days before the FBI used the discredited Steele dossier to justify securing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant on the 2016 Trump campaign. Steele's client, the Clinton campaign, “is keen to see this information come to light prior to November 8.”
- Oct. 21 FISA court grants FBI warrant to surveil Trump adviser Carter Page.
- Nov. 8 Donald Trump wins U.S. presidential election.
- Dec. 13 Steele compiles the final version of the dossier.
- Jan. 10 Buzzfeed publishes dossier.
In the media
FBI Director James Comey illegally kept secret from Congressional oversight the FBI's surveillance of Trump and the Trump organization. However, on September 23, 2016 the first fake news story from the joint Obama FBI/FusionGPS operation appeared in the mainstream media; a story in Yahoo! News by Michael Isikoff about an FBI briefing for Congress with anonymous FBI sources. The briefing material came from Hillary Clinton's opposition research, written by Christopher Steele. When the Obama DOJ applied for a FISA warrant the following month, they used the Steele dossier as evidence and offered the Yahoo article to corroborate itself.
On October 31, 2016 New York Times published a story with the headline, Investigating Donald Trump, F.B.I. Sees No Clear Link To Russia; The Clinton campaign fell into a tailspin as the FBI reopened the Clinton email investigation over reports classified emails were going on Anthony Weiner's computer. The same day the Times article appeared DNC operative David Corn of Mother Jones magazine reported Steele's fake news allegations under the headline, A Veteran Spy Has Given the FBI Information Alleging a Russian Operation to Cultivate Donald Trump: Has the bureau investigated this material?.
January 10, 2017 Obama and the CIA leaked the phony Steele dossier to CNN & BuzzFeed who jointly made it available to the public. Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, who with the DNC paid for the dossier, secretly met with Simpson. The dossier alleges Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. Steele personally was paid $168,000 to write the phony dossier.
In November 2017 it was reported that Hillary Clinton was again in talks with Christopher Steele to create second dossier of alleged Trump affairs.
By December outrage of the Obama FBI abuses was omnipresent; in seven hours of testimony before House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee (HPSCI) Dep. Dir. Andrew McCabe made statements that contradicted evidence, and was unable to provide any substantive examples of verified allegations in the Steele dossier. When pushed for examples of what was verified in the anti-Trump dossier, McCabe was only able to cite the fact that Trump campaign advisor Carter Page traveled to Moscow — McCabe could not verify anything about the meetings that Page supposedly had. McCabe claimed he could not recall — despite documents with McCabe's own signature on them establishing the fact of his knowledge of the dossier's financing and provenance.
FBI Chief Counselor James Baker was fired two hours after McCabe's testimony. Associate Dep. Attn. Gen. Bruce Ohr withheld from his boss, Rod Rosenstein, his secret meetings with Steele and Simpson and the fact his wife Nellie Ohr helped author the phony dossier. Ohr was demoted, and there were calls for McCabe's firing. The House Committees began investigating possible criminal activity among Obama holdovers in DOJ & FBI.Rep. Jim Jordan said
"We know, for a fact, the Clinton campaign paid Russians to influence the election...Most of Mueller’s team is anti-Trump. We know that. What concerns me is the intent to carry out a plan to disrupt the election. Because as Mr. Strzok said, we can’t afford to leave this in we the people’s hands....I’m convinced now the FBI actively seeking with intent, actively trying to stop Donald Trump from being president of the United States. Everything points to the fact that there was an orchestrated plan to try to prevent Donald Trump from being the next president of the United States."
Rep. Andy Biggs in USA Today Op-ed called for an end of the Mueller witch-hunt, and Sen. Rand Paul called for an investigation of Obama officials who tried to prevent the election of Donald Trump.
The "second" Steele dossier
Sidney Blumenthal is one of Hillary Clinton's closest advisors. It was Blumenthal who spread the smear on Monica Lewinsky that she was stalking President Bill Clinton, a smear dutifully repeated by mainstream media sources. Cody Shearer is a longtime Clinton dirty trickster. It was Shearer who was identified by MSNBC's Chris Matthews as the "mysterious stranger" who threatened Kathleen Willey and her children before testifying on behalf of Paula Jones in her sexual harassment suit against Bill Clinton.
Throughout the 2016 presidential election Shearer was tasked by the Clinton machine to dig up dirt on Donald Trump. Shearer authored a report and gave it to Blumenthal, who gave it to State Department official Jonathan Winer, who then gave it to Christopher Steele, who in turn passed it along to the FBI with his dossier. The document is dated October 19, 2016 and was not included in BuzzFeed's January 10, 2017 release of the Steele dossier. The document is said to contain allegations of Trump's personal sexual and financial affairs.
By early 2017 when the Clinton-Steele dossier was exposed as a fraud and no Russian collusion was found, The Guardian reported that the FBI was examining a "second Steele dossier" - known now as the Shearer dossier. Congressional investigators began looking at how Clinton operatives funneled opposition research to the State Department which made their way into FBI investigative files. At this same time stories about a porn actress who claimed to have had an affair with Trump, was paid off, and like Kathleen Willey, claimed she and her child were threatened by a "mysterious stranger" to keep silent appeared in the mainstream media.
Possible UK connection
Paul Roderick Gregory wrote in Forbes: "As someone who has worked for more than a decade with the microfilm collection of Soviet documents in the Hoover Institution Archives, I can say that the dossier itself was compiled by a Russian, whose command of English is far from perfect and who follows the KGB (now FSB) practice of writing intelligence reports, in particular the practice of capitalizing all names for easy reference".
Russian Sergei Skripal, who survived an assassination attempt in Salisbury, England in March 2018, "almost certainly has links to Christopher Steele", according to Business Insider. Writer Rob Slane has stated: "Now, we know that there is a link between the apparent author of the Trump Dossier, Christopher Steele and Mr Skripal's MI6 recruiter and handler, Pablo Miller. And we know that Miller and Skripal met regularly. Not only this, but we also know that there is a direct link between Steele and Skripal dating back to the late 1990s, early 2000s.
Although the Steele dossier is discredited in the United States, some newspapers in the United Kingdom still appear to believe that it is genuine and that the evidence against it is Russian disinformation.
- Was the Steele Dossier Used to Obtain a FISA Warrant Against Trump’s Campaign?, National Review Online
- Christopher Steele, Ex-British Intelligence Officer, Said to Have Prepared Dossier on Trump, Wall Street Journal
- Scarborough, Rowan (February 21, 2019). Anti-Trump resistance discards once-celebrated dossier: 'They're trying to memory-hole it'. The Washington Times. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
- In reality, there was no “Dossier” until it was fully compiled in December 2016. There was only a sequence of documents from Steele. Documents that were passed on individually – as they were created. Therefore, from the FBI’s legal perspective, they didn’t use the Dossier. They used individual documents.
- House Dems to FBI: Probe alleged Trump-Russian ties on hacking
- The making of the Steele dossier," Washington Post, Feb. 6, 2018.
- later FBI Director. James Comey, the name entrusted to investigate government leaks, admits to being an anonymous source for the New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/01/us/politics/fbi-russia-election-donald-trump.html
- Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Kathleen Willey, World Ahead Publishing, Nov 6, 2007 ISBN 978-0974670164 ISBN 0974670162