Last week saw three significant new stories about the Russiagate melodrama. One of them, written about here, involved a bizarre claim that FBI officials, alarmed at former Director James Comey’s firing in May 2017 and apparently unable to ask their superiors basic common-sense questions about it, launched a counterintelligence probe of the president to figure out why he did it.
Another story is one I will address separately. It relates to old allegations about Andrew Weissmann, currently Robert Mueller’s deputy on the special counsel team.
The third is the subject of this article. Jeff Carlson, of the blog The Markets Work, was recently afforded the opportunity to review former FBI attorney Lisa Page’s closed-door testimony in the House of Representatives in July 2018 and provided a lengthy summary of it at The Epoch Times on 11 January.
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There’s a lot to unpack from the Page testimony, and I commend Carlson’s article to you as must-reading. It indicates, for one thing, that in August 2016, former CIA Director John Brennan had knowledge of the contents of the Steele dossier, apparently without any coordination that Ms. Page was aware of with the FBI – whose agent (presumably Michael Gaeta) was handling Steele as a source.
Representatives who questioned Page were able to reconstruct Brennan’s knowledge of the dossier’s contents from his interactions in August 2016 with Senator Harry Reid. But Page was adamant that the cognizant counterintelligence officials in the FBI themselves didn’t know about the dossier and its contents until the following month.
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