The dossier, compiled by former British intelligence officer Christoper Steele, was so unreliable that the CIA rejected it as an “internet rumor,” according to Horowitz’s long-awaited report.
The dossier was riddled with unverified claims that the FBI did not bother to investigate and confirm for themselves, Horowitz said, citing “at least 17 significant errors or omissions” in the FBI’s Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant application.
One omission is particularly troubling: the dossier’s funding. We know that Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund the research that resulted in the Steele dossier. This piece of information could have been enough to disqualify the FBI’s FISA warrant application, and if that had occurred, it’s unlikely the intelligence community’s Russia hoax would have moved forward.