Top Obama-Era State Dept. Official Had Ties with Clintons, Trump Dossier Author
UPDATED 10:15 AM PT — Tues. February 27, 2018
A top Obama administration official recently confessed to being in regular contact with the author of fake Trump dossier.
Jonathan Winer admitted he shared information with former British spy Christopher Steele, confirming the contacts took place while he was working for the State Department.
Winer is an attorney based near Washington D.C., and served as a former deputy assistant secretary of state and special envoy for Libya under the Obama administration.
“Democrats are not only trying to cover this up, but they’re also colluding with parts of the government to help cover this up, and I think as you read it, you will see personal attacks on myself, personal attacks on Chairman Gowdy, with a lot of really interesting things that sound really bad.” — Devin Nunes, House Intelligence Committee Chairman
In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Winer said he met and befriended Steele in 2009, and the two subsequently exchanged business intelligence related to Russia.
Winer returned to the State Department in 2013 whilst maintaining his contacts with Steele, who as Winer admits provided the department with information.
Subsequently, Steele approached Winer in 2016 where he claimed to have compromising intelligence on then-candidate Donald Trump’s ties with Russian officials. Steele then gave Winer an early version of the now-debunked Trump dossier.
Winer says the document, funded by the DNC and the Clintons, circulated within the Obama-era State Department around September 2016.
Additionally, Winer said he gave Steele the anti-Trump materials, which he received from a longtime Clinton ally and his own personal friend Sidney Blumenthal.
Blumenthal, in turn, acquired these materials from Cody Shearer, who was himself involved in several Clinton-related scandals.
Winer’s confessions suggest the anti-Trump bias during the 2016 election within the top echelons of the Obama administration could be much greater in scale than GOP lawmakers could imagine at the time of the release of their FISA abuse memo earlier this year.
“The players that are involved in this, it may even see prosecution, and it creates a question, at which point does it remove or does it move from a bias to a wrongdoing? Those questions are in play with the names, and I believe there will be prosecution that comes out of this.” — Rep. Mark Walker, N.C.
This comes as ntelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes is continuing with his probe aimed at revealing the scale and extent of the anti-Trump biases within the U.S. government during and immediately after the 2016 election.
The Nunes probe is now focusing on Winer over his alleged involvement in the Obama-era FBI surveillance abuses against the 2016 Trump campaign detailed in the House GOP FISA memo.
In his Washington Post op-ed, Winer does not mention that between 2008 and 2013, whilst keeping in touch with Steele, he worked as a consultant for APCO International.
APCO was involved in the controversial Uranium One deal that gave 20-percent of U.S. uranium output to a Russian state-owned firm Rosatom, according to FBI informant Douglas Campbell.
Additionally, Winer was doing pro-bono work for the Clinton Global Initiative during his tenure with APCO.
Ironically, Wiener claims he has been fighting Russian active measures aimed at undermining U.S. democracy.