Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) torched former U.K. intelligence officer Christopher Steele as being paid off by the Democrats after it was revealed by The Hill on Monday that Steele admitted to the State Department that his dossier had a release deadline for Election Day 2016.
Speaking with Fox News’ “Hannity,” Graham blasted Steele for his October 2016 meeting with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec, during which the former British spy admitted his now-discredited dossier was made for “political reasons” and that he pushed for its public release before the 2016 election.
He went on to say that everyone “should be concerned” when the U.S. government obtains warrants against Americans under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) “without accurate information” and pointed out that the probe into Trump’s campaign and former aide Carter Page wouldn’t have been launched without the dossier:
“We should all be concerned if our government is getting a warrant against an American citizen under the FISA surveillance act without accurate information. What do we know? We know that without the dossier, the warrant would not have been issued. People in charge tell us that.”
“We now know that the author of the dossier, Christopher Steele, was on the payroll of the Democratic Party,” Graham continued. “He was not a reliable informant for the FBI.”
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Spoke with @seanhannity last night about the new report on Christopher Steele needing to publish the DNC paid for dossier before the 2016 election and the use of the dossier in obtaining a FISA warrant.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) May 8, 2019
“He was trying to destroy Trump because he was paid by the Democrats to take Trump down,” the chairman added.
Graham then said that “somebody needed to go to the FISA court” to inform it that “the FBI had plenty of notice” that Steele was paid by the Democrats and that he was “out to get Trump” with a dossier that was “not verified.”
“You’ve got to remember, the guy who started this — Steele — went to the State Department […] for the express purpose of having the State Department release the dossier before the election,” Graham said.
As IJR Red previously reported, Steele admitted in a 2018 deposition that he used unverified information from the Internet to fortify his dossier against the president that was used to obtain the FISA warrant to begin the investigation into Trump’s presidential campaign.