Nunes Slams Dossier Author: “No Credibility Whatsoever”
In an interview with “Fox & Friends” on Sunday, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) said that it was laughable to see former British spy Christopher Steele stand behind his infamous 2016 Trump/Russia dossier. Nunes was discussing a recent speech by Steele at Oxford, where the spy defended his dossier work, criticized the Mueller Report, and insisted that there was plenty of evidence to suggest collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.
Nunes said that Steele’s so-called work wasn’t even his own.
“Well, let’s remember the great work that investigative reporter Lee Smith discovered in his book, ‘The Plot Against the President,'” Nunes said.
In that book, Nunes explained, Smith found out that much of what went into the dossier came from preexisting “proto-dossiers” provided by the Hillary Clinton campaign and Fusion GPS.
“All Steele did was, he put his name on these dossiers that happened to be exactly what the FBI wanted in order to spy on the Trump campaign. So, Steele is not a guy who has any credibility whatsoever,” Nunes said. “These are not his dossiers no matter how many times the fake news media wants to talk about it.”
Nunes said that Steele’s lack of familiarity with the dossier’s contents was another reason to be suspicious of his authorship.
“I think it’s been proven pretty clearly that he largely didn’t even know what the hell was in his dossier,” Nunes said. “So, for him to even be talking about this is unreal because if he wants to take credit for these dossiers, really, he should be sued for defamation and slander because — because they were fake.”
Nunes mocked the idea that Steele had actually communicated with Moscow agents during his supposed investigation into Trump.
“Do you think that the Russians, who were formally connected to the government in some way, would give Christopher Steele — who they know is doing some type of work for someone… that they would give him information on Donald Trump?” Nunes asked. “The whole thing is preposterous.”
Nunes, who is the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said there was something else about Steele that few Americans are aware of. He said that in 2016, the British government sent a missive to the Trump administration disavowing any relationship with Steele and casting serious doubts on the former spy’s credibility.
“Now look, that document went missing,” Nunes said. “Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have asked, but like everything on this Russia hoax, the documents seem to disappear that are really important for the Trump administration and Republicans.”
Strange how that happens. One might even wonder if there was some kind of deep state apparatus working against the president.
But of course, we know that’s just a silly conspiracy theory. Right?