Confirmed: The State Department and a Leading Democrat Worked on Dossier Documents Provided by Christopher Steele

Posted: Jun 12, 2019 12:30 PM
Confirmed: The State Department and a Leading Democrat Worked on Dossier Documents Provided by Christopher Steele

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Government watchdog Judicial Watch and the Daily Caller News Foundation released new information Wednesday showing a senior State Department official worked with House Majority Leader (Minority Whip at the time) Steny Hoyer in 2016 on Russia documents provided by British spy Christopher Steele. 

"Judicial Watch and the Daily Caller News Foundation today released 18 pages of documents revealing former Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and Special Coordinator for Libya Jonathan Winer coordinating with then-House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer’s (D-MD) national security advisor, Daniel Silverberg to work on Russia dossier materials provided by Christopher Steele," Judicial Watch released. 

The documents were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit after requests for communications about the dossier were ignored by State Department officials. They show direct conversations between Fusion GPS' Glenn Simpson, Winer and Nuland about getting together for a meeting about a "Russia related issue." 

From Hoyer's office, Daniel Silverberg praised Nuland's work on the issue and called her a "warrior." 

"It was a delight to speak today, notwithstanding the context. You've been a warrior on these issues, and I look forward to speaking further to preserve and wherever possible strengthen the important work you have done. I’ll follow up regarding a possible working group meeting," Silverberg wrote to Nuland on November 28, 2016. 

As a reminder, former Obama Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Evelyn Farkas admitted the Defense Department rushed to gather as much information as possible about the Trump campaign after President Trump won the 2016 election.

"I was urging my former colleagues and frankly speaking the people on the Hill, it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can, get as much intelligence as you can, before President Obama leaves the administration,” Farkas said during an interview with MSNBC in 2017. 

As the layers continue to be pulled back, the more we find out about how comprehensive the effort to take down the Trump presidency with claims of "Russia" really was and that it extended to multiple government agencies.

"These documents further confirm the Obama State Department was obviously a way station for Steele’s smear dossier and other anti-Trump activism,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Department of Justice Inspector General is investigating the origins of the Russia investigation in addition to a U.S. Attorney appointed by Attorney General Bill Barr.