Once again Judicial Watch is doing the heavy lifting.
U.S. District Court Judge Christopher Cooper, a Barack Obama appointee ordered the FBI to search for Christopher Steele records post-dating Steele’s stint as a Confidential Human Source [CHS].
FBI Director Christopher Wray is still protecting the Spygate coup cabal by fighting Judicial Watch’s FOIA lawsuits seeking records on dossier author Christopher Steele.
Judge Cooper said:
[T]he potential for illuminating the FBI’s activities is not too difficult to discern. Communications post-dating Steele’s time as an informant might reveal a great deal about why the FBI developed him as a CHS [confidential human source], his performance as a CHS, and why the FBI opted to terminate its relationship with him. Those records might either bolster or weaken Steele’s credibility as a source. That information, in turn, could provide a basis on which to evaluate the FBI’s performance of its law-enforcement duties, including its judgment in selecting and relying on confidential sources, especially in connection with such a politically sensitive subject. Of course, the records Judicial Watch speculates about might not even exist—and even if they do, they may not reveal anything significant about the FBI’s operations. But that they might do so makes them a matter of potential public interest.
Via Judicial Watch:
In Friday’s ruling, Judge Cooper held that, on balance, any privacy interests Steele may have in keeping the documents secret are outweighed by the public’s interest in disclosure:
Steele’s privacy interests are far different from those courts usually consider under Exemption 7(C), where disclosure would make public for the first time an individual’s affiliation with law enforcement, whether as agent, cooperator, or target… The balance therefore tilts in favor of disclosure. Accordingly, the Court will order the FBI to conduct a search for records post-dating Steele’s service as a confidential source.
We know that the FBI hired Christopher Steele as a Confidential Human Source and made at least 11 payments to him during the 2016 election and then terminated him in November just days before Election Day for improper media contacts.
Twice-demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr continued to act as a backchannel to the FBI for Christopher Steele after the FBI terminated him as a CHS.
Bruce Ohr was also being fed information from his wife Nellie Ohr who was working for Fusion GPS doing anti-Trump oppo research.
Christopher Steele, who compiled the 35-page-Hillary-funded-Russia-dossier which was eventually published by BuzzFeed shortly before Trump’s inauguration, was recently interviewed by the DOJ Inspector General.
“The court was right to turn aside the FBI’s fake concerns for Clinton spy Christopher Steele’s privacy and order the agency to search for more records on its use of Steele and his Dossier to target President Trump,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “That the FBI is still protecting Christopher Steele and the Clinton spy ring at Fusion GPS should tell you there is much more corruption to be exposed in the coup efforts against President Trump.”
Court orders search for Steele docs: “That the FBI is still protecting Christopher Steele and the Clinton spy ring at Fusion GPS should tell you there is much more corruption to be exposed in the coup efforts against President @RealDonaldTrump.” https://t.co/NqS9hC26DT pic.twitter.com/AKFgiIR7IO
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) August 19, 2019
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