The following email was released that likely proves the claims that some officials within the Obama administration were trying desperately to get information about President Trump during the 2016 campaign, just as the President claimed earlier this week.
The email was sent on March 6 from Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Ia.) to FBI Director James Comey.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) March 7, 2017
From the email:
“On February 28, 2017, the Washington Post reported that the FBI reached an agreement a few weeks before the Presidential election to pay the author of the unsubstantiated dossier alleging a conspiracy between President Trump and the Russians, Christopher Steele, to continue investigating Mr. Trump.
The article claimed that the FBI was aware Mr. Steele was creating these memos as part of work for an opposition research firm connected to Hillary Clinton.
The idea that the FBI and associates of the Clinton campaign would pay Mr. Steele to investigate the Republican nominee for President in the run-up to the election raises further questions about the FBI’s independence from politics, as well as the Obama administration’s use of law enforcement and intelligence agencies for political ends.
It is additionally troubling that the FBI reportedly agreed to such an arrangement given that, in January of 2017, then-Director Clapper issued a statement stating that “the IC has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable, and we did not rely upon it in any way for our conclusions.”
Does this prove that the FBI was spying on Trump?