New Comey Email Raises Additional Questions About His Use and Defense of The Steele Dossier

There is a new and intriguing document related to the Russian investigation out this week. Justthenews has released a previously undisclosed email from former FBI Director James Comey that raises additional questions about his role in using the now discredited Steele dossier as part of the FBI Russian investigation. The email on Jan. 12, 2017 email to then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper falsely claims that Christopher Steele was found to be “reliable” but then states that the FBI could not “sufficiently corroborate the reporting.” The email went out the same day that Comey signed a FISA surveillance warrant application declaring that content from Christopher Steele’s dossier had been “verified.” We are still waiting for the results of the John Durham investigation but this email raised additional questions about Comey’s role. Comey has testified that he would not have approved such surveillance if he knew then what he knew now about the Steele dossier.

Comey signed a statement to the secret court that the information was “verified” on the same day that he admitted to Clapper that “We are not able to sufficiently corroborate the reporting.” Yet, he also did not tell Clapper what the FBI had already knew about Steele and Carter Page. While Comey later insisted that he was unaware of basic information, he was signing applications for secret surveillance and advising Clapper without either confirming or disclosing information.

The CIA had already told the FBI that Page was a U.S. intelligence asset, not a Russian spy.  It had also been warned that Hillary Clinton’s campaign was trying to plant a false Russian collusion story in the media.(The Clinton campaign and its attorney Marc Elias had reportedly denied that the campaign funded the dossier until after the election) It was also told that Steele’s primary source was a suspected Russian agent and that is network was compromised by Russian intelligence. Steele had also been reportedly terminated by the FBI as a source because of his efforts to plant stories in the media.

Comey mentioned none of this and instead cautioned Clapper against a statement saying that there was no judgment on the reliability of the Steele dossier. He was opposed to a public statement declaring that the Steele dossier was only mentioned in an appendix to the intel community’s report because the “IC has not made any judgment that the information in the document is reliable.” Comey insisted her was reliable:

“I just had a chance to review the proposed talking points on this for today. Perhaps it is a nit, but I worry that it may not be best to say ‘the IC has not made any judgment that the information in the document is reliable.’ I say that because we HAVE concluded that the source is reliable and has a track record with us of reporting reliable information; we have some visibility into his source network, some of which we have determined to be sub-sources in a position to report on such things; and much of what he reports in the current document is consistent with and corroborative of other reporting included in the body of the main IC report.”

So Comey worked to preserve the public narrative in support of the Steele dossier, which was being widely disseminated and fueled what was later found to be an unsupported conspiracy theory.  He did so while admitting later “That said, we are not able to sufficiently corroborate the reporting to include it in the body of the report.”

220 thoughts on “New Comey Email Raises Additional Questions About His Use and Defense of The Steele Dossier”

  1. “The Assassination of Fred Hampton: New Documents Reveal Involvement of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover”

      1. https://peopleslawoffice.com/about-civil-rights-lawyers/attorney-staff-bios/flint-taylor/

        From the DemocracyNow! interview:

        ‘What’s also interesting is, 51 years later, these documents still have redactions. There’s a specific redaction because an FBI agent had been called in front of a grand jury, and he was told, “If you get asked any questions about blank,” which is the FBI, “leave the grand jury and report to your higher-ups.”

        ‘A year after the raid, the FBI role and COINTELPRO had never been disclosed. It was only about Hanrahan and the police. So it took us 13 years to uncover that it was COINTELPRO, a program whose objective was to disrupt, destroy and neutralize the Panthers and, specifically, prevent the rise of a Black messiah, like Fred Hampton, who could unify and electrify the masses. It was this FBI program that led to the passing of the floor plan and the 90 shots and Fred Hampton executed in his bed at 2:30 in the morning on December 4th.’

      2. Notice that law enforcement always emplaces the snitch/ informant/ undercover as “security detail” if at all possible

        They did the same thing to Matt Hale, in Illinois, a white racist leader, many decades later. he made offered to kill a judge, and hale, did not agree, but equivocated on tape. equivocating was insufficient to instil reasonable doubt in the mind of the jury, which sent him away for conspiracy to commit murder, and he still is locked up nearly 2 decades later.

        It is textbook. basic method to send in the informant into the security team of the targeted “leader.”

        what baffles me is why these would-be revolutionaries never seem very well acquainted with the textbook methods of intel/ CI that are really not sophisticated, just the basics.

        Sal

  2. “Judas and the Black Messiah” Director Shaka King on Fred Hampton, the Black Panthers & COINTELPRO”

    •Feb 1, 2021

  3. NOW COMEY WHO IS A BAD PLAYER OF DEEP STATE FEELS SAFE. NOW THEY WILL BURRY ALL THE EVIDENCE. MAYBE DESTROY THEM. INSTEAD OF GOING TO PRISON HE WILL BE PROMOTED…. DEMN DEM….

  4. Lee Fang, today, from The Intercept:

    “AFTER PORK GIANT WAS EXPOSED FOR CRUEL KILLINGS, THE FBI PURSUED ITS CRITICS”

    “The agency, seeking information on an animal rights group, attempted to recruit a former truck driver as an informant, the truck driver says.

    https://theintercept.com/2021/02/17/fbi-iowa-select-pigs-whistleblower/

    Excerpts

    LAST JUNE, Noel Williams, the chief operations officer of Iowa Select Farms, a powerful pork company and the largest in Iowa, pulled into the parking lot of an empty housing complex typically used for the firm’s immigrant workforce.

    He was there to transport Lucas Walker, a former truck driver for Iowa Select, to a meeting with Nick Potratz, an FBI agent from the Des Moines office of the bureau. That’s according to Walker, who had recently tried to report Iowa Select, his former employer, for mistreating animals. After The Intercept published leaked video of pigs being killed off en masse, Walker came under scrutiny.

    Now, the FBI had a favor to ask: Would Walker become an informant? More specifically, they wanted him to help in an effort to investigate and undermine an activist group that had become a thorn in Iowa Select’s side. They even asked if he’d be willing to sell drugs.

    :

    For the most part, the FBI has targeted left-leaning activism, including the infamous COINTELPRO initiative that involved the harassment of anti-Vietnam War leaders, civil rights organizers, and other supposedly subversive political organizations. But the agency has also, at times, targeted conservative-leaning groups, including efforts to use informants to infiltrate libertarian activist circles. The FBI also took the unusual step of planting an informant with then-candidate Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016 to investigate accusations of collusion with the Russian government.

    Despite bipartisan criticism of the agency’s conduct, Congress has done little to impose new rules limiting the FBI’s power or its use of informants.

    “Once they’ve recruited somebody, they can, with minimal oversight, deploy people in pretty dangerous situations,” said Diala Shamas, a staff attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights. “The recruitment process is a big black hole with little information and so much coercion.”

    — Lee Fang.

    COINTELPRO continues to this day, though. (What it’s being called these day, we don’t know.) The FBI does pretty much whatever it wants to do. There is little to no oversight, and no accountability. State and local police (and their informants) assist the FBI in ways that would (or should) horrify good people.

    1. tried to report Iowa Select, his former employer, for mistreating animals. After The Intercept published leaked video of pigs being killed off en masse, Walker came under scrutiny.

      What in the hell are you babbling about? Why would a producer slaughter, en masse,their income stream??

      There might be something in the story but so many facts ‘stink’ i cant make sense of any of it.

    2. “Hidden Video and Whistleblower Reveal Gruesome Mass-Extermination Method for Iowa Pigs Amid Pandemic”

      “Pigs are being slowly suffocated and roasted to death by an agricultural industry that relies on secrecy.”

      Glenn Greenwald

      May 29 2020

      https://theintercept.com/2020/05/29/pigs-factory-farms-ventilation-shutdown-coronavirus/

      Excerpt:

      IOWA’S LARGEST PORK PRODUCER, Iowa Select Farms, has been using a cruel and excruciating method to kill thousands of pigs that have become commercially worthless due to the coronavirus pandemic. As is true for so much of what the agricultural industry does, the company’s gruesome extermination of sentient animals that are emotionally complex and intelligent has been conducted entirely out of public view.

      But The Intercept, as the result of an investigation by animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere, or DxE, has obtained video footage of the procedure and the resulting carnage that occurred at one of the company’s facilities in mid-May. Additionally, a whistleblower employed by Iowa Select has provided extensive details to The Intercept about the extraordinary methods now being employed to kill pigs — agonizingly and over the course of many hours — in increasingly large numbers.

      What prompted both the DxE investigation and the whistleblower to come forward is Iowa Select’s recent adoption of the mass-extermination method known as “ventilation shutdown,” or VSD. Under this method, pigs at the company’s rural Grundy County facility are being “depopulated,” using the industry’s jargon, by sealing off all airways to their barns and inserting steam into them, intensifying the heat and humidity inside and leaving them to die overnight. Most pigs — though not all — die after hours of suffering from a combination of being suffocated and roasted to death. The recordings obtained by The Intercept include audio of the piercing cries of pigs as they succumb. The recordings also show that some pigs manage to survive the ordeal — but, on the morning after, Iowa Select dispatches armed workers to enter the barn to survey the mound of pig corpses for any lingering signs of life, and then use their bolt guns to extinguish any survivors.

      — Glenn Greenwald

      1. From The Intercept’s article by Glenn Greenwald:

        “Hidden Video Reveals Gruesome Mass-Extermination Method for Iowa Pigs Amid Pandemic”

      2. OK, thousands of hogs needed to be euthanized. The method is being sensationalized, and details are missing. This happened within miles of my house. Tragic, but life happens. Grow up.

        1. The method is being sensationalized, and details are missing. This happened within miles of my house. Tragic, but life happens. Grow up.

          Wow! Life happens? Not for those hogs. What details are missing that would make this needed method any less sensational? What a coincidence, this happened just “miles” from my house too. About 1,860 miles, but I lived in Iowa, so I’m claiming it too.

          1. Got a chance to read a portion of the article. I agree those are unacceptable euthanasia methods. Life is hard, but I’m pretty sure there are farmers or hobby farmers who’d buy them. Worth a try.

            1. This was NOT just one building. I,m guessing over 100000 hogs had to be put down. You have no idea about the infrastructure needed to properly care for 100000 hogs that have never been outside. Its just not the area needed and fencing to keep them corralled, but water, feed, manure handling all have to exist and function at the snap of a finger.
              Then what?
              kill times are booked when a piglet is born.
              Exactly how are you going to find kill slots?

              1. iowan2,
                I learned more about this. I did not get a chance to carefully read Glenn Greenwald’s article thoroughly. He’s vegan, I think, so he may have a bit of an agenda here. I think he’s great on free speech, though.

                I talked to a friend of mine who’s a vet (did training for large and small animal). While she noted that the heat method is not okay, the other is approved. The pigs get sleepy and become extremely unconscious. While unconscious, they suffer a grand mal seizure and their brain function fades, which ends up killing them. It is very upsetting to watch, but it is painless.

                I learned that due to the breeding of ‘market hogs’, they are bred to just keep putting on weight and they are slaughtered around 6 months old around 300 lbs. If they go longer and get heavier, then their legs and hooves are not built for all the extra weight (like market broiler chickens that cannot stand up right before the end because their legs cannot handle the weight), and, they start to become more susceptible to pneumonia.

                I guess there was also concern about the virus possibly being able to incubate in hogs like swine flu can.

                My friend said there were quite a few farmer suicides after this due to not only the trauma of having to put down so many animals, but also because of the financial blow. It was a no-win situation. The abattoirs were shut down due to too many workers being on quarantine, which started a cascade of problems.

                You’re right. The turn-around is pretty tight. I was only ever on the periphery of my family’s hog operation. I was only a kid when I had to leave the farm, and then after that when I visited we talked about things other than the business side of the operation.

                A reasonable discussion could be had, though, about breeding and about the humane raising and slaughtering of livestock, the feasibility of regenerative agriculture to feed everyone, etc. I don’t think Glenn’s article achieves that.

        2. “…details are missing.” — Iowan2

          What’s ‘missing’?

          “This happened within miles of my house.” — Iowan2

          Okay…, and…?

          The point of the article apparently went right over Iowan2’s head; he or she obviously missed the point:

          “AFTER PORK GIANT WAS EXPOSED FOR CRUEL KILLINGS, THE FBI PURSUED ITS CRITICS”

          https://jonathanturley.org/2021/02/16/new-comey-email-raises-additional-questions-about-his-use-and-defense-of-the-steele-dossier/comment-page-3/#comment-2063158

          It would seem that ‘Iowan2’ is the one who needs to ‘grow up.’

          1. I don’t know what happened for sure. Hogs had to be killed. there was no place for them. When a sow is bred, the litter is locked into a kill slot at the packing house. Piglets are weaned at 14 days, moved to a nursery, than at ~20lbs moved to a grower/finisher unit until the time for magic to turn them into porkchops and bacon. The process is a pipline. hogs moving out, 2-3 days to sanitize, hogs moving in. Any glitch and hogs have to be euthanized. Everyone needs to get a grip. You would think people are killing babies in the womb or something.

            1. I don’t know what happened for sure.

              That was clear from your first comment. The video would have helped you avoid looking like a nitwit. I worked a farm in Iowa, with hogs, for the county home. This story is not just that hogs had to be killed. It’s the process that was used to get it done.

              1. How should you kill all the hogs in a building that holds 2500?
                I’ve been through enough of these sensationalized events to smell a story, not a reciting of facts,
                This is not making Iowa news, There are no quotes from our land grant university, Iowa State. No quotes from the Iowa Dept of Agriculture.
                You are relying on information that has refused to seek out local authorities.

                You need to learn how to dissect misinformation like this.

                I can find only two media account that has a quote

                American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines say the method should be a last resort after others are ruled out, that it should be done quickly enough to kill 95% of the animals within an hour, and that all must be eventually killed.

                One story in the Des Moines Register. https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2020/06/10/animal-rights-activists-bury-piglets-iowa-select-farms-ceo-jeff-hansen-west-des-moines/5325373002/
                Traditionally hog farmers feed pigs a diet that makes hogs gain weight quickly. After the outbreak began, the company worked with Iowa State University scientists to create a diet that prevents growth and reduces the need for more space, Sorenson said.

                The company also has been working to find alternative markets for its market-ready hogs, Sorenson said.

                What we have here, as I originally stated, is a sensationalized story about nothing of note….for people that understand agriculture.

                1. “What we have here, as I originally stated, is a sensationalized story about nothing of note….for people that understand agriculture.” — Iowan2

                  Swoosh.

                  Right over your head, Iowan2.

                2. What we have here, as I originally stated, is a sensationalized story about nothing of note….for people that understand agriculture.

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                  1. Olly offer a solution. Veterinarians have approved of the method. Without offering a solution,your nothing but a troll. (a bad one)

                    1. A troll? For being stunned that the ag expert’s contingency plan for plant closures is to euthanize the livestock? We’re in deep shite if that’s the best plan available. We’re moving objects from Earth to Mars; perhaps we need NASA-type engineers involved in moving livestock. You know, our effing food supply.

                      Right. I’m the troll and you’re the victim, because you melted the moment someone spoke negatively about the happenings in Iowa. You hadn’t even watched the video before you defended the event. We’ve seen your type before, defending Planned Parenthood.

                      Damn.

                    2. Olly,
                      I don’t think it’s right to equate what happened at this hog facility with Planned Parenthood. A hog is not a human baby. However, there is something to speak against in regards to the handling of those hogs. That’s not good animal husbandry.

                    3. olly, I provided the quote from the American Veterinary Medical Association, That approved of the process. Iowa State University, a leader in animal sciences scholarship, wasn’t asked about this event. The Iowa Department of Agriculture, wasn’t asked about what happened.
                      You are wallowing in ignorance, and so emotional you fail to consider the fact, what little you know came from a single source with a radical agenda.
                      I’ve been watching this type of uninformed media hype for over 50 years. It is always the same. Sensationalized misinformation.
                      We had the same thing happen to chickens, and Turkeys a while back. Millions of birds had to be killed and buried in massive trenches. Had to be done to stop the spread of avian flu.
                      Those BBQ ribs you like so much? They aren’t synthesized in a lab. They are lovingly farrowed and raised, likely on Iowa farms.

                      I have duly noted you did not attempt to offer a solution. Something that is better that what the VET school at Ames could come up with, Something that the Iowa Dept of Agriculture would sign off on.

                      You have no idea what you are talking about, unfortunately that will not deter you from babbling on incoherently.

                    4. Iowan2,
                      You’re mistaking my concern as a consumer as being irrational or emotional. This method to euthanize thousands of hogs, while disgusting, is not the most pressing issue. It might even have been the best “planned” option available under the circumstances. I don’t know. As I told you before, I worked a farm for the county home in Clarinda, IA. We had dairy, hogs, chickens, corn, etc. This is not a pristine line of work.

                      The reliability of our food supply is the story. Similarly, we are seeing weather-related affects on our power grid and it seems as though the so called experts have once again failed to plan (wargame) for these events. Our water supply, our power grid, our food chain, are all vulnerable to natural and deliberate threats. This event in Iowa, resulting from plant closures due to Covid, is a striking example of the vulnerability to our food chain. To say the AMVA, or Iowa Department of Agriculture approves of the method to euthanize these animals, would be akin to approving the shutting down of roads that have downed power lines across them. Instead of sweeping this under the rug simply as this is the way we’ve always done it, be a bit more intellectually curious and ask what can be done to minimize the damage of these events in the future.

                    5. I am all for measures which minimize trauma and suffering for farm animals, and especially hogs, which are indeed, pretty smart and sensate mammals. That will undoubtedly raise costs on producing pork products, but as a luxury product compared to other protein sources, oh well!

                      This particular film does not actually show a large part of what it claims. Yeah, they went in alive and left dead, but the level of suffering is not shown. Maybe this is a relatively humane method, maybe it’s not. Clearly it would be better if there was an escape valve for giving the hogs away in similar circumstances, but that could get messy in other ways, like health dept stuff, pest control, etc.

                      I managed what’s called a cow/calf operation for about 15 years and I was able to mostly avoid the moral humane issues, because that part of beef production is low involvement and almost benign. About 30 cows, 1 bull, and hopefully about 30 calves each year. Free ranging in mixed pasture, mother cows with calves (and bull part of the herd) and forest land with planted rye grass for winter grazing, along with hay, salt licks, and molasses (out of feeders placed around the farm). They were on their own for most of that year, with 2 round ups – 1 after calves are 1-2 months for various pest treatment and castrating bull calves – and 1 at sale time, when yearlings are taken to auction. From there it gets more intense as they are sold to places that fatten them up ending I think at about 2 years in feed lots, then slaughter. My part was clean, even idyllic, and while I understood I was part of the chain, I took advantage of being able to put it out of mind.

                      For what it is worth, I lived and did a little work on dairy farms and compared to that cow/calf deal, they are much less humane. Cows don’t keep their calves – hey, that’s our milk – and bull calves are slaughtered for hot dogs within a couple of days of their birth. Heifers are raised separate from cows to be “replacements” milk cows. The cows? Walking milk factories, into the milking parlor twice a day where they get fed grain. Impregnation is artificial. Long story short? Don’t get too morally prideful vegetarians, that is if you eat much cheese or milk. If I was going to be born a cow, I think I’d choose the short freer life of the beef variety (brood cows and selected bulls live maybe 20 years wandering the farm, missing their calves for a day or two at auction time).

                      PS The cows in Chik-fila ads are Holsteins (white and black). They are a large bony dairy breed and not likely to be made into hamburgers competing with chicken sandwiches.

                    6. AnonJF,
                      “That will undoubtedly raise costs on producing pork products, but as a luxury product compared to other protein sources, oh well!”

                      Meat is the best source of bioavailable zinc, magnesium, vitamin A and B12. And it’s yummier than beans. 😉

                      “This particular film does not actually show a large part of what it claims. Yeah, they went in alive and left dead, but the level of suffering is not shown. Maybe this is a relatively humane method, maybe it’s not. Clearly it would be better if there was an escape valve for giving the hogs away in similar circumstances, but that could get messy in other ways, like health dept stuff, pest control, etc.”

                      I talked to a vet who said that it is a relatively humane method. The pigs get sleepy, they fall unconscious (a surgical level of unconsciousness), and as their brains shut down (while they are unconscious) they have a grand mal seizure. Individuals could buy hogs off operations and clean and butcher them themselves, but considering the number of hogs involved, that doesn’t sound feasible (only so many people are up for doing this).

                  2. I think we could have some meaningful conversations about agriculture and animal husbandry, and I should like to see more humane treatment of livestock.

                    But we should not be naive about what sort of mass production methods are used to feed a large population.

                    If there are things about our society that are unsustainable and must be changed, we will also have to be realistic that the changes may mean, we can’t sustain the current population, standards of living– or both.

                    One thing i find irritating about “green advocates” and “animal rights activists” alike, is that they will not come clean about the implications of many of their recommended policies. The implications are, a lot of people will have to cease to exist under what they contemplate for the future.

                    And how pray tell, will large numbers of people cease to exist for the future utopia, where we have “sustainable” economy and “humane” livestock practices?

                    Where will the excess billions of humanity go, and how will they get there?

                    Come now, don’t be shy

                    Sal Sar

                    1. Good video. Dark. But it poses questions that need to be discussed. Solient Green, just like 1984 were not supposed to be how to guides for the future of mankind.

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