In a new book, it details how a senior Obama State Department official, Victoria Nuland, was the one who gave the green light to an FBI agent in 2016 to meet with Christopher Steele, the ex-British spy who was responsible for writing the salacious Trump dossier, reports The Washington Times.
The two met at Steele’s London office, touching off a relationship that would fuel the ongoing investigation into possible Donald Trump-Russia election collusion that shows no sign of ending.
Steele, of course, was the one responsible for setting off a chain of actions that ultimately led to the unlawful wiretapping of Trump campaign aides, such as Carter Page. Republicans have roundly criticized the bureau for relying heavily on and possibly only on this unverified dossier that was also funded by the Democratic party.
John O. Brennan, Mr. Obama’s CIA director, worked behind the scenes before the election to get his suspicions about Trump and Russia into the news media.
Nuland discloses in her new book, “Russian Roulette” which was released on Tuesday, and written by two longtime Washington media figures: Yahoo News reporter Michael Isikoff and Mother Jones magazine’s David Corn.
Two committees, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Judiciary Committee, are investigating how this 35-page dossier, which is essentially just Democratic propaganda to discredit the Trump campaign to allow the FBI to wiretap.
Steele makes a series of criminal charges against Trump and his associates, contending there was an “extensive conspiracy” between them and the Kremlin. This supposed collusion has not been substantiated publicly. House intelligence committee Republicans on Monday said their 14-month investigation found no collusion and had ended.
This newly released book now shows how Obama administration people played a role in promoting the collusion theory and getting law enforcement involved.
Steele telephoned Michael Gaeta, an FBI agent with whom he worked on soccer league corruption who was then stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Rome.
“I can’t discuss it over the phone. You have to come here. Believe me, Mike, you have to come to London,” Steele told him that summer.
Says “Russian Roulette,” “There were a few hoops Gaeta had to jump through. He was assigned to the U.S. embassy in Rome. The FBI checked with Victoria Nuland’s office at the State Department: Do you support this meeting? Nuland, having found Steele’s reports on Ukraine to have been generally credible, gave the green light.”
“Within a few days, on July 5, Gaeta arrived and headed to Steele’s office near Victoria station. Steele handed him a copy of the report. Gaeta, a seasoned FBI agent, started to read. He turned white. For a while, Gaeta said nothing. Then he remarked, ‘I have to report this to headquarters.’”
Nuland’s name surfaced in January as Senate investigators under Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, turned up evidence that Mr. Steele met with another Obama State Department official, Jonathan Winer.