Now we don’t know what information Steele may provide to Mueller’s team, but we do know that Steele has previously provided the FBI with some information to try to verify some of the sources that he used to put together the dossier.We’re also learning that late last year top officials at the FBI, and the CIA, and the Director of National Intelligence actually discussed including parts of the Steele dossier in the official intelligence document on Russian meddling.Sources tell us that the intelligence community didn’t want to include it because they didn’t want to explain what parts of the dossier that they had been able to corroborate. And they also were concerned about revealing sources and methods that they had used to do so.So, while the President Trump calls the dossier a hoax, it appears that his intelligence agencies have a vastly different view.
According to the Intel Section Chief and Supervisory Intel Analyst, as the interagency editing process for the ICA progressed, the CIA expressed concern about using the Steele election reporting in the text of the ICA. The Supervisory Intel Analyst explained that the CIA believed that the Steele election reporting was not completely vetted and did not merit inclusion in the body of the report. The Intel Section Chief stated that the CIA viewed it as “internet rumor.”
Woodward, who knows a thing or two about presidential conspiracies, deserves credit for bucking the liberal mindset and blasting the dossier, unlike CNN, which hired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who lobbied for the inclusion of the dossier in the Mueller report.