The plot thickens. The FBI just dropped another Friday afternoon bombshell – why does all the news hit on Friday?
This bombshell confirms, via released documents, that they did indeed pay Chris Steele and shows the real relationship between the FBI and Chris Steele.
The documents were redacted so questions remain as to the timing of the payments – he worked on multiple high profile cases over the years.
The FBI has released 71 pages of what it describes as correspondence between the bureau and Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored a dossier alleging collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.
The heavily redacted records show FBI payments to Steele as a Confidential Human Source (CHS) over an unknown period. They also show that Steele told the FBI he had informed a third party he was acting as a CHS for the bureau, and that the FBI determined Steele had been a source for an online article.
On Nov. 1, 2016, according to the documents, the FBI told Steele it was unlikely to continue working with him, and he should not “obtain any intelligence whatsoever on behalf of the FBI.”
The records also indicate that in February 2016 the FBI “admonished” Steele. A federal law enforcement official explains that an admonishment is typically given when a person begins a stint as a confidential informant and annually thereafter. It is a briefing on the rules of being an informant to ensure the source complies with guidelines set by the Attorney General, and usually not criticism of the source.
Because of the redactions, it is not possible to tell when payments to Steele began, but it has previously been reported that he assisted the FBI with past investigations, including a probe of corruption in international soccer.
As first reported by the Washington Post, the FBI reached a deal in October 2016 to pay Steele to continue the research that had led to what became known as the Trump dossier, an indication of how seriously the bureau was taking the allegations, according to a person familiar with the matter.