Former British spy Christopher Steele failed to appear in London court in a civil case, showing how he’s going to extraordinary measures to avoid answering questions about the dossier he compiled.
Not only has Steele refused to answer questions as part of a criminal referral filed by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, he is also avoiding being deposed and videotaped in a multi-million dollar libel lawsuit against the liberal website Buzzfeed.
Buffzeed is the media outlet that published the unverified dossier just over a year ago, setting the Russia investigation wheels in motion against President Donald Trump.
Steele was hired by the left-wing research firm Fusion GPS to compile the dossier, which contained numerous salacious accusations about Trump. The FBI has admitted that it reviewed the dossier but cannot verify the information it contains.
That’s a big red flag. But more importantly, a recently released four-page abuse memo from the House Intelligence Committee details how top officials at the Justice Department and FBI abused their power to use Steele’s inaccurate dossier to secure a warrant with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to spy on Trump’s campaign.
The FBI failed to inform the FISC that Fusion GPS given nearly $10 million to fund the dossier by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Steele is refusing to appear before a London court and Congress to answer questions about any of this — which raises very serious questions about what he’s hiding.
The former British spy is named in a lawsuit from Russian technology mogul Aleksej Gubarev in multi-million dollar civil litigation.
Gubarev is suing Steele’s British-based company Orbis Business Intelligence because the dossier claimed Gubarev’s companies were guilty of using “botnets and port traffic to transmit viruses, plant bugs and steal data.”
Steele claims he can’t testify because he will endanger the United Kingdom’s state secrets.
Fray-Witzer, Gubarev’s lawyer, proved that not only has the British government “not asserted” Steele’s claims, but the lawyers said Steele “is asserting he can’t speak about things. We have pointed out that he’s spoken to anyone who is willing to listen, every journalist, and the FBI.”
Steele had no problem working with liberal media outlets to spread his dossier last year to derail Trump, but now he won’t speak with Congress or a London court about his dossier.
That leads many to rightfully believe his dossier is indefensible, and he is terrified to defend his hit piece under oath.
Source: Fox News