Solomon reports that records released through a FOIA request from Citizens United reveal that Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Kathleen Kavalec met with Steele on Oct. 11, 2016 and he admitted he had a political motive for releasing his research prior to the 2016 election.
This confession–Solomon writes–occurred 10 days before the FBI used Steele’s dossier to justify obtaining a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign.
Steele’s client “is keen to see this information come to light prior to November 8,” Kavalec wrote in a summary of her meeting with Steele and and his colleague.
Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) said the House Intelligence Committee did not appear to receive the notes while it was investigating the Trump-Russia allegations.
“They tried to hide a lot of documents from us during our investigation, and it usually turns out there’s a reason for it,” he told The Hill.
Senate and House Judiciary investigators also were not aware of the notes, despite investigating Steele from 2017-2018.
Solomon points out that the FBI is trying to stifle the release of the bulk of Kavalec’s information:
Nonetheless, the FBI is doing its best to keep much of Kavalec’s information secret by retroactively claiming it is classified, even though it was originally marked unclassified in 2016.
The apparent effort to hide Kavalec’s notes from her contact with Steele has persisted for some time.
State officials acknowledged a year ago they received a copy of the Steele dossier in July 2016, and got a more detailed briefing in October 2016 and referred the information to the FBI.
But what was discussed was not revealed. Sources told me more than a year ago that Kavalec had the most important (and memorialized) interaction with Steele before the FISA warrant was issued, but FBI and State officials refused to discuss it, or even confirm it.
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