When former MI6 agent Christopher Steele’s now infamous “Trump-Russia dossier” first leaked to the public in January of this year, much of the media treated it with great skepticism. They dismissed it as “unsubstantiated” every time they mentioned it, even as they painted far other less substantiated rumors as legitimate. Perhaps that’s because they wanted to distance themselves from one of the core claims of the dossier, now commonly referred to as the Pee Pee Tape. But the whole parameters just changed.
When the FBI obtained a secret FISA surveillance warrant on Donald Trump campaign adviser and longtime Russian asset Carter Page last summer, CNN is now reporting that it used the Trump-Russia dossier as part of its justification for landing that warrant (link). This means the FBI held a reasonable belief as far back as ten months ago that the dossier was legitimate. In fact this belief was so strong that it essentially bet its ability to ultimately prosecute Page on the dossier’s veracity.
The dossier in question is thirty-five pages long. There are portions of it that are specific to Carter Page, and those portions are not necessarily connected to the other portions of the dossier that alleged that Donald Trump was caught on video performing lewd sex acts with Russian prostitutes in a Moscow hotel. But stop and ask yourself if the FBI would have used the Trump-Russia dossier to obtain something as serious as a FISA warrant unless it was of the belief that the entire dossier was accurate.
After all, if the “Pee Pee Tape” portion of the Trump-Russia dossier is later discredited, that could potentially be used by Carter Page’s attorneys to try to get the warrant thrown out. So by using the dossier to obtain a FISA warrant in secret court, did the FBI just confirm that it believes or knows the Pee Pee Tape is real? Stay tuned. Contribute to Palmer Report
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report