President Donald Trump went after the Democratic National Committee (DNC), former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and top officials at the FBI over the infamous dossier compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele during the 2016 campaign in a tweet published Wednesday morning.
The president accused Clinton, the DNC, and top FBI officials of a “witch hunt” and torched the dossier compiled by Steele through the political research firm Fusion GPS as a “total fraud on your President and the American people.”
He also claimed that the FBI had made “11 payments” to the “discredited” author, Steele, which government watchdog group Judicial Watch had alleged in a press release last year.
Wow! FBI made 11 payments to Fake Dossier’s discredited author, Trump hater Christopher Steele. @OANN @JudicialWatch The Witch Hunt has been a total fraud on your President and the American people! It was brought to you by Dirty Cops, Crooked Hillary and the DNC.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2019
Trump went on to add that the infamous dossier “was brought to you by Dirty Cops, Crooked Hillary and the DNC.”
Steele’s dossier has been under scrutiny from the president and his allies, which they alleged was used by the FBI to launch its initial investigation into Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
A former campaign aide for the president, Corey Lewandowski, told “Fox & Friends” last week that the president “absolutely thinks” the Obama administration used the dossier to “spy” on his campaign.
As IJR Red previously reported, Steele admitted in a partially unsealed court deposition that he used an “open source search” to compile information for the dossier, which included information from the “user-generated” CNN website “iReport.”
Steele also acknowledged in the deposition that some of the “raw intelligence” included in his report could have contained “deliberately false information.”
The president’s attack on Clinton and others comes a day before Attorney General William Barr is expected to release special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to Congress.