An FBI analyst disclosed to the special counsel John Durham that the agency offered up to $1 million to the former spy British Christopher Steele to test the Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, according to The Times London.
According to the aforementioned medium, the money could not be paid to Christopher Steele because he did not provide sufficient evidence to substantiate the claims made in the “Steele File” which includes a call involving Trump with Russia before his political career.
Durham asked Auten: “On October 21, 2016 (the date of the Carter Page FISA application) did you have any information to corroborate that information?” “No,” Authen replied.
The FBI analyst also said that the office communicated with other intelligence agencies regarding the specific allegations in the file, but none were able to substantiate them.
The revelation that Christopher Steele was offered a quantity to check your facts they came to light in the trial of Igor Danchenko, a Russian citizen, who was sent by the former spy to look for material on Trump.
On Tuesday, during Danchenko’s trial in Alexandria, Virginia, FBI Senior Analyst Brian Auten was asked if the FBI made the $1 million offer during a meeting abroad in October 2016 between Steele and other FBI officials.
“If he did”, Auten said, according to Newsweek. “Mr. Steele was offered anywhere up to a million dollars.”
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