FOIA Bombshell Disclosure — CU v. U.S. Department of State

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Today we obtained for Citizens United, from FOIA litigation against the State Department, key documents concerning the FISA Warrants against Trump Campaign workers. For the first time, these documents demonstrate that even before the first FISA Application was filed, the FBI and Justice Department were on notice that the Steele dossier was unverifiable, contained errors, was politically generated, and British spy Christopher Steele was determined to defeat Donald Trump in the general election on November 8, 2016. The documents related to a briefing given by Christopher Steele at the State Department on October 11, 2016. The documents can be seen here.

These bombshell disclosures were given wide attention by those parts of the media which are not totally controlled.

For example, on May 9, 2019, John Solomon, an investigative reporter with The Hill, wrote an article which described the documents shortly after they were released.

Independent investigative reporter Sara Carter has also reported on the Citizens United lawsuit documents.

On June 10, 2019, FoxNews reported on the DOJ’s investigation of the surveillance abuses against the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, and explains that the Steele Briefing documents released by the State Department may have resulted in a delay of the DOJ OIG’s report on FISA abuses.