The Obama FBI offered former British spy Christopher Steele $1 million for dirt on former President Trump and members of his 2016 campaign, an FBI analyst testified Tuesday to Special Counsel John Durham.
Steele was unable to corroborate the salacious allegations made in his discredited dossier that alleged collusion with Russia, Brian Auten, an FBI supervisory counterintelligence analyst, said in federal court.
Auten was the first witness to testify in the trial of Igor Danchenko, the Russian national who served as the primary sub-source for Steel’s dossier.
Danchenko has been charged with five counts of making false statements to the FBI.
The bureau had insufficient evidence for the FISA warrant for Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and used uncorroborated information to move forward, Auten testified.
Fox News reports:
“On October 21, 2016 [the date of the Carter Page FISA application], did you have any information to corroborate that information?” Durham asked.
“No,” Auten said, confirming that the FBI began receiving Steele’s reports, later known as the dossier, on Sept. 19, 2016, and submitted its first FISA application on Page on Oct. 21, 2016.
Auten also testified that the FBI contacted other intelligence agencies but was unable to corroborate the allegations in the dossier, “which was commissioned by opposition research firm Fusion GPS and paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee through law firm Perkins Coie,” Fox reports.
He is the first of seven witnesses being called in the trial against Dancheko, who has pleaded not guilty.