We now have proof positive that the FBI and the DOJ knew that the Steele dossier was a fake and could not be used as proof of anything. Bruce Ohr had already warned the FBI previously that the dossier was questionable and that Steel was incredibly anti-Trump and thus biased.
Now, we learn that a State Department Official, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec, notified the FBI that there were a lot of problems with the dossier including many outright falsehoods included within.
That was a full 10 days before James Comey used the dodgy dossier as proof of collusion.
Via John Solomon of The Hill:
In her typed summary, Kavalec wrote that Steele told her the Russians had constructed a “technical/human operation run out of Moscow targeting the election” that recruited emigres in the United States to “do hacking and recruiting.”
She quoted Steele as saying, “Payments to those recruited are made out of the Russian Consulate in Miami,” according to a copy of her summary memo obtained under open records litigation by the conservative group Citizens United. Kavalec bluntly debunked that assertion in a bracketed comment: “It is important to note that there is no Russian consulate in Miami.”
Kavalec, two days later and well before the FISA warrant was issued, forwarded her typed summary to other government officials. The State Department has redacted the names and agencies of everyone she alerted.
But it is almost certain the FBI knew of Steele’s contact with State and his partisan motive. That’s because former Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland says she instructed her staff to send the information they got from Steele to the bureau immediately and to cease contact with the informer because “this is about U.S. politics, and not the work of — not the business of the State Department, and certainly not the business of a career employee who is subject to the Hatch Act.”