Bogus, Dem-funded dossier was lone FBI source used to launch Trump conspiracy probe
For the first time in an official report, there are explanations of why the FBI initially targeted four Trumpadvisers: retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, adviser George Papadopoulos, campaign chairman Paul Manafort and adviser Carter Page.
The internal August 2016 explanations are found in the 436-page report of Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz. No FBI predication accused the four or listed evidence of a conspiracy.
After the FBI opened its Crossfire Hurricane probe on July 31, 2016, agents led by Peter Strzok eventually settled on those four men to investigate. Two ultimately were accused of conspiring with the Kremlin. Only the dossier, written by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele with $165,000 provided by Democrats and the Hillary Clinton campaign through Fusion GPS, presented evidence. No one else did.
Special counsel Robert Mueller and Mr. Horowitz have since left the dossier in shambles. Mr. Mueller found no Trump conspiracy to hack computers and spread information warfare, as the dossier alleged. Mr. Horowitz identified significant dossier “inaccuracies.”