So apparently officials with both the FBI as well as the Justice Department have told Congress that they cannot corroborate the portion of the dossier which was allegedly used to blackmail the POTUS.
Basically… the “pee story” and others cannot be verified — DUH!
A subpoena from August 24th of this year from the House Intelligence Committee to both organizations asked for their information and efforts regarding the validity of the dossier, specifically “any documents, if they exist, that memorialize DOJ and/or FBI efforts to corroborate, validate, or evaluate information provided by Mr. Steele and/or sub-sources and/or contained in the ‘Trump Dossier.'”
As reported by Byron York for The Washington Examiner:
According to sources familiar with the matter, neither the FBI nor the Justice Department has provided documents in response to that part of the committee’s subpoena. But in face-to-face briefings with congressional staff, according to those sources, FBI and DOJ officials have said they cannot verify the dossier’s charges of a conspiracy between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.
“The biggest thing that I think people need to realize about the dossier is that Christopher Steele discovered that the Russians were embarked on a broad effort to help the Trump campaign before our own intelligence agencies came to the same conclusion,” Schiff told the Journal. “In the broadest outline of what he investigated, he proved more than prescience — he proved accurate in terms of the Russian involvement and what their motivations were.”
The dossier, 35 pages long, contains many specific assertions that could be verified by an organization with the resources of the FBI — verified, that is, if they were accurate in the first place. Here are a few:
The alleged 2013 Moscow hotel episode, in which “TRUMP’s (perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton hotel, where he knew President and Mrs. OBAMA (whom he hated) had stayed on one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him. The hotel was known to be under FSB control with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to.”
Trump’s alleged participation in other “sex parties” in St. Petersburg.
An alleged meeting between Viktor Yanukovych, the ousted Ukrainian president, and Putin “in secret on 15 August near Volgograd, Russia” — a meeting at which “the western media revelations about MANAFORT and Ukraine featured prominently on the agenda.” The dossier reported that “YANUKOVYCH had confided in PUTIN that he did authorise and order substantial kick-back payments to MANAFORT as alleged but sought to reassure him that there was no documentary trail left behind which could provide clear evidence of this.”
An alleged directive from Putin in which Putin “issued direct orders” to Kremlin staff not to discuss Russian attempts to influence the U.S. election “in public or even in private.”