by Chuck Ross, The Daily Caller:
- An FBI spreadsheet released on Monday provides insight into the bureau’s efforts to verify allegations in the Steele dossier.
- FBI analysts cited a tweet from the sister of a DNC operative for its analysis of the dossier’s most salacious claim: that the Kremlin had recorded Donald Trump with prostitutes in Moscow.
- A Senate report criticized the FBI’s efforts to investigate the dossier, saying that the process was “lacking in both thoroughness and rigor.”
FBI analysts relied on a tweet from the sister of a DNC operative as part of its analysis into the Steele dossier’s most explosive allegation: that the Kremlin was blackmailing Donald Trump with a videotape of him with prostitutes in Russia.
An FBI spreadsheet declassified last week and released on Monday shows that investigators cited an allegation from author and activist Andrea Chalupa.
Chalupa’s sister, Alexandra Chalupa, was a contractor for the Democratic National Committee through at least June 2016. The two sisters have been staunch critics of President Trump, and have helped push the since-debunked allegation that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election.
The spreadsheet, which the FBI provided to two Senate committees, provides the first glimpse inside the FBI’s attempts to prove or disprove allegations in the dossier, which was compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele on behalf of the Clinton campaign and DNC. (RELATED: Former DNC Official Partnered With Convicted Bomb Maker To Investigate Trump)
The Senate Intelligence Committee said in a report released in August that the FBI’s analysis of the dossier was “lacking in both thoroughness and rigor.”
The committee also said that within the FBI, “the dossier was given a veneer of credibility by lax procedures, and layered misunderstandings.”
The FBI spreadsheet points to a story published in the Australian press on Nov. 1, 2016, quoting Andrea Chalupa regarding a report of an alleged Russian sex tape of Trump.
“An uncorroborated source, journalist and author Andrea Chalupa, was cited in an Australian magazine article dated 1 November 2016 as mentioning Trump having an orgy in Russia,” the FBI analysts wrote in a column labeled “Corroboration/Analyst Notes.”
“The details in the Steele reporting differ somewhat from the Australian reporting (‘golden showers’ versus ‘orgies’), although these differences may have been a result of how the writers decided the characterize the information.”