James Baker, former lead attorney for the FBI, testified before House Committees that Glenn Simpson tried to get the media and Democrats on board for widespread distribution to the phony dossier. Baker said not only was Simpson pushing the story, so was ultra liberal reporter David Corn.
Why is this so important? Simple. If the FBI knew it was being pushed by an agent of Hillary Clinton and the DNC, they were obligated to report that to the FISA judge and they did not. Harvard Law professor, Alan Dershowitz says that everyone who signed the applications are guilty of fraud.
Baker’s testimony, which was first detailed by The Wall Street Journal and has been confirmed by The Daily Caller News Foundation, sheds new light on what the FBI knew about efforts before the election to spread the dossier, which was written by former British spy Christopher Steele and financed by the Clinton campaign and DNC.
Republicans have criticized the FBI for failing to disclose those efforts in applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser who is a major target of the Steele report. Some GOP lawmakers have asserted that the FBI should have been leery of Steele and Fusion’s opposition research of Trump.
Page has vehemently denied Steele’s allegations that he served as the Trump team’s backchannel to the Kremlin during the 2016 campaign.
As has been previously reported, Simpson served as a PR man of sorts for the dossier, setting up meetings with reporters from numerous news outlets in an effort to get Steele’s reporting into the media bloodstream.