This is the meat of the issue. If you actually spent time to look into what happened I think you would be appalled. Remember they say ok we are not going to talk to the Campaign. We are going to send people in, wire them up and have them talk to the individuals. That happened. That happened in August, September and October and it all came back exculpatory. People said don’t know what you are talking about. It is exculpatory not only as to the relationship with the Russians but as to the specific facts.
And they never did anything about that, they just pressed ahead but they never informed the court. They were told they didn’t have probable cause to get a warrant so they took the Steele Dossier which they had done nothing to verify and they used that to get the warrant. Collapse everything. They withheld from the court all the exculpatory information and they withheld from the court information about the lack of reliability of Steele.
The real interesting thing here, and to me the major takeaway actually, is after the election, because in January Steele was dealing with one person, he only talked to one person, that is what we call the primary sub source, that person who had the so-called network of sub-sources. When they finally got around to talking to him, he said I don’t know what Steele is talking about I didn’t tell him this stuff or it was mostly barroom talk and rumour. I made it clear to him that this was my own suppositions or theories.”
And at that point it was clear that the dossier was a sham. But what happens, what happens at that point. They don’t tell the court. They continue to get FISA warrants based on that dossier. And more damming [sic] they actually filed a statement with the court saying we talked to the sub-source and found him credible and co-operative and that they put in into bolster. When actually what he was being truthful about was that the dossier was garbage.
This is a good little summary to read after wading through the footnote material. Note that Lokhova is saying what others have said--by January, 2017, AT THE LATEST, the FBI knew that the entire Steele "dossier" was BS, but they kept investigating, getting FISA renewals, trying to frame Flynn, etc.
Now you see why Grassley and Johnson were so exercised about Horowitz misleading the public, and why Barr and Durham publicly disputed Horowitz's claims about the FBI having adequate predication.
And all this therefore leads to Rosenstein, Comey, McCabe, and Team Mueller.