REPORT: FBI Offered Christopher Steele $1M to Prove His Dossier - Before Using It to Spy On Trump Anyway

Brittany M. Hughes | October 11, 2022
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It looks like former President Barack Obama’s Federal Bureau of Investigation really, really wanted dirt on Donald Trump – so much so that they were willing to cough up $1 million in taxpayer dollars to get it.

The FBI reportedly offered former British spy Christopher Steele $1 million to provide hard evidence backing up his now-infamous dossier – the dossier that was paid for by Hillary Clinton's campaign and the DNC, and which that same FBI used to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign.

That claim was made this week in court by FBI supervisory counterintelligence analyst Brian Auten during his testimony against Russian native Igor Danchenko, who has been accused of making false statements to the FBI (and who was the main source for the Steele dossier). According to Auten, he and a few other FBI agents went overseas in early October of 2021 to meet with Steele and ask him for proof of the dossier's claims, even going so far as to offer him a million bucks in return.

Auten added that despite the $1 million price tag for actual proof corroborating the dossier, Steele was never able to provide any.

Of course, that didn’t stop Obama’s FBI from using that same, unproven dossier just a few weeks later to help obtain a FISA warrant to spy on Donald Trump’s then-aide Carter Page.

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"On October 21, 2016 (the date of the Carter Page FISA application) did you have any information to corroborate that information?" Special Counsel John Durham asked Auten in court Tuesday.

"No," Auten replied.

Auten also testified that the FBI asked other intelligence agencies for help proving the allegations made in the dossier, but never found anything.

Even still, that application was filed and the warrant was issued…and was then renewed three times.