Sen. Lindsey Graham revealed on Friday that Bill Priestap, the FBI's former head of counterintelligence, is the official he claims gave misleading information to the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2018 about the reliability of British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s anti-Trump dossier.
H/T: Washington Examiner
"This is a big day for transparency and the rule of law. So [DOJ Inspector General Michael] Horowitz — it's not in his report, Trey, but he found a briefing document dated sometime in February 2018 that was prepared by the FBI because the Senate Intel Committee ... had real concerns about the Russian subsource," Graham said.
"So they asked the FBI to come in and brief them. So I asked Director Wray, 'Who did the briefing?' Well, it's Bill Priestap, who's this guy? He's one of the leaders of Crossfire Hurricane. A year after the subsource told the FBI in 2017 there is zero corroboration for the dossier, I wouldn't trust it with a solid grain of salt, hearsay, bar talk. They knew for over a year, and now, you've got Bill Priestap on Feb. 15, 2018, with four other people from the FBI briefing this Senate Intel Committee, completely whitewashing the truth about the reliability of the dossier," the South Carolina Republican added.
"Now, Director Wray has been really good, he's given me the information, more is going to follow, but what I'm going to do with this is turn it over to Durham because I think the briefing in 2018, a year after the subsource told the FBI the dossier was a bunch of garbage, whitewashing that report to the Senate Intel Committee is potentially another crime. So, I'm going to send all of this to Durham when I get it."
"Something tells me that Mr. Clinesmith knows where the bodies are buried, and if I were in the FBI working on Crossfire Hurricane, I'd be very worried right now," Graham said.
Priestap needed to cover himself as he was peddling the Steele dossier to spy on the campaign. He needed a useful idiot like Alexander Downer and the Australian government complicit to try and divert attention from Steele by using Downer to fabricate evidence against me. Scandal!— George Papadopoulos (@GeorgePapa19) August 15, 2020
Priestap has avoided scrutiny, but he told the IG that he did not share negative information about Chris Steele’s judgement with the Crossfire Hurricane team because of an agreement he made with MI6. https://t.co/aO5jPLK8Uv— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) August 15, 2020
Hi Bill Priestap. https://t.co/29uqrTKZEo— Laura (@NonsenseEnd) August 15, 2020
Take note of this: Barr called the first person in this SpyGate scandal accepting a plea deal and going to prison "a small development" in this case.— Waiting For Durham - Brian Cates (@drawandstrike) August 14, 2020
Not earth shattering or anything like that. pic.twitter.com/Je4QhwJGAs