Senator Lindsey Graham wants to declassify a key Russia probe document related to the FBI interview of one of Christopher Steele’s sources, which he believes casts “grave doubt” on the credibility of Steele’s anti-Trump dossier.
Sen. Graham, who is leading an investigation into the Trump-Russia investigators, spoke about the inquiry during a new Fox News podcast with former South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy on Tuesday. Graham said his team has seen the memo and wants more information from DOJ IG Michael Horowitz’s report to be made public. Graham also said that Steele’s dossier was compromised by Russian disinformation.
“It was the Russians, in my view, who provided all of the garbage for the Christopher Steele dossier. The Russian subsource — he wasn’t a subsource. He was an employee of Christopher Steele,” Graham said, adding, “And here’s the key question: On Jan. 21 through the 24, , the Russian subsource, the guy who provided all the material for the dossier, is interviewed by the FBI for three days. He’s interviewed again in March. There’s a memo about that interview. Horowitz found it. It was 40 pages. My staff has finally gotten to look at it. It’s classified. I’m going to try to get it unclassified.”
Lindsey Graham had asked in April for all records related to the FBI’s interviews with Steele’s primary subsource in January, March, and May 2017.
He also asked for the two-page “Intelligence Memorandum” provided to Crossfire Hurricane leader Bill Priestap by the analyst in late 2017, which discussed “aspects of the Primary Sub-source’s interview” that raised red flags about Steele.
In June, the Senator said he was being blocked from interviewing the investigators who had spoken with Steele’s primary subsource in 2017. He gained the power to issue subpoenas to dozens of figures involved in the matter.
“The Horowitz report suggests that the result of the Russian subsource interview put grave doubt into the reliability of the dossier in terms of being able to get a warrant,” Graham said. “Here’s the question: Is it possible that an interview of that magnitude that basically shredded the key document to get a warrant that the people at the top — [FBI deputy director Andrew] McCabe and [FBI director James] Comey — were never told, ‘Hey, by the way, our entire case has collapsed?’ I’m looking at that.”
Horowitz’s lengthy report issued in December criticized the DOJ and the FBI for at least 17 “significant errors and omissions” related to the FISA warrants against Trump associate Carter Page and for the bureau’s reliance on Steele’s unverified dossier.