Former President Barack Obama had his hands in several scandals throughout his two terms as commander-in-chief.
Most notably, Obama stayed silent during the Russia probe — but it seems he may have led an even larger role than originally thought.
Details have emerged over the past several months showing that Obama’s Department of State was heavily involved during key junctures in the Trump-Russia probe.
State Department officials in Obama’s administration obtained and reviewed parts of the infamous Steele dossier by mid-July 2016 — well before FBI headquarters had access to the document.
The U.S. Embassy in London played a key role in transmitting information about former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos that the FBI would use to justify opening the investigation.
This briefing reveals closer contact between Steele and the State Department than the agency had acknowledged before.
Also appearing to be key to the State Department in the Russia probe were three diplomats.
Obama’s State Department’s Top Russia expert, Victoria Nuland, received early excerpts of Steele’s dossier in mid-July 2016 — around the same time Steele began sending his reports to the FBI.
The Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in London, Elizabeth Dibble, was one of the first U.S. officials to receive information about a May 2016 conversation that Papadopoulos had with Downer, the Australian High Commissioner to the U.K.
This key meeting held on May 10, 2016, held that Downer claimed Papadopoulos mentioned Hillary Clinton and Russians would prop the FBI to start its counterintelligence investigation.
Finally, Jonathan Winer who served until 2017 as special envoy to Libya met personally with Steele. He also was revealed to have exchanged documents with Steele and even prepared a two-page summary of the dossier for the State Department.
Of much surprise is his direct connection to the press, however — Winer was also revealed to have been a source for two journalists who wrote some of the first articles prior to 2016 that were based on Steele’s dossier.
On top of that, Winer provided Steel with a second dossier written by a Clinton ally, Cody Shearer.
Steele used this document and gave it to the FBI despite Shearer’s history of embellishment and political misdeeds.
The State Department’s involvement in the Russia probe has received little media attention — but one key member in the House has taken interest.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said he is investigating “major irregularities” in how the State Department handled information used in the Russia investigation.
One major complaint Nunes has made is that information from Papadopoulos did not go through the proper intelligence channels in the FBI.
Another red flag is the fact that a year passed before the Steele Dossier was officially released in December of 2017 — yet the State Department had information in 2016.
Winer and Nuland ultimately suggested in their disclosures that they determined Steele’s reports too sensitive for the State Department to handle – -supposedly leaving it to the FBI to handle.
Obama’s State Department clearly had information regarding the Dossier way before it was publicly released, and chose to use the information rather than pass it through the proper channels.
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