Judge Andrew Napolitano has just confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation offered Christopher Steele $50,000 for his evidence. Steele was supposed to prove the claims written in the Trump-Kremlin dossier.
“I believe, just from examining the public sources, that the FBI offered Christopher Steele $50,000 if he could corroborate the dossier. He either couldn’t, didn’t, wouldn’t, and they didn’t pay him the money,” Judge Napolitano said at the time.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wasn’t in position to answer any questions on the matter, as he said during the oversight hearing.
Rep. Ron DeSantis wanted to know if the Bureau financed the creation of the dossier. “Do you know the answer to the question?” he asked, to which Rosenstein said that he may know the answer, but “the Intelligence Committee is the appropriate committee…’
According to Judge Napolitano, the committee should have been more persuasive on him in order to get some answers. “I would have grilled him and subpoenated an answer out of him because the American public has the right to know,” Napolitano said.
The Bureau used the dossier in their September application to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant against Carter Page.
“A Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court judge granted that warrant, meaning that the court agreed there was probable cause to believe that Page was working as an agent of the Russian government,” sources say.
Judge Napolitano is well aware of the fact that some questions have remained unanswered. “How did the FBI get (the dossier); what was the FBI doing with it; did the FBI corroborate it; were they involved with Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence agent who is reputed to have authored this thing?” he asked during the interview.
What do you think about this? Will the Bureau try to deny any of the claims?