Republican Rep. Mark Meadows just came out and boldly claimed that the FBI knew the Steele dossier was not trustworthy before Mueller even began investigating Trump!
“Within 60 days of them opening the investigation, prior to Bob Mueller coming on, the FBI and DOJ knew that Christopher Steele was not credible, the dossier was not true and George Papadopoulos was innocent,” Mark Meadows told Hannity on Thursday.
Meadows’ allegations if proven true would expose the Russia investigation for what it was – a hoax.
Watch Meadows’ bombshell statement here:
Meadows' claim is blowing up on Twitter right now, and for good reason.
The implications of what he said are far-reaching and could wind up incriminating a lot of people, if real.
Take a look at some tweets posted in response to what Meadows told Hannity Thursday:
Fox News has more on Meadows' allegation:
Rep. Meadows, R-N.C., reacted to reports Mueller could be called by Democrats to testify before Congress, in an appearance Thursday on "Hannity."
Meadows claimed the FBI and Justice Department knew shortly into the probe that former British spy Christopher Steele -- who compiled the anti-Trump dossier -- was not a "credible" individual, among other developments.
"Within 60 days of them opening the investigation, prior to Bob Mueller coming on, the FBI and DOJ knew that Christopher Steele was not credible, the dossier was not true and [former Trump campaign associate] George Papadopoulos was innocent," the lawmaker claimed.
"And so, when you look at that foundation, it's all built really on a foundation of sand, and that's going to start to show very soon."
The Washington Examiner also said this:
A Republican congressman said unreleased documents show that high-ranking officials at the FBI knew that the dossier put together by British ex-spy Christopher Steele “was not credible” and yet they used it anyway.
Rep. Mark Meadows told Fox News that he has seen “additional documents” which he believes show that “prior to the first FISA application, Peter Strzok, Andy McCabe, and others at the FBI knew that Christopher Steele's dossier was not credible.” Beginning in October 2016, a series of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications and renewals were made to surveil former Trump campaign associate Carter Page. Those FISA filings made extensive use of the dossier's claims.
Despite apparently knowing ahead of time that Steele’s dossier was flawed, Meadows claimed Strzok and McCabe “did a rush to make sure that they could actually surveil him [Carter Page].” Steele’s dossier, which was packed with unverified allegations about President Trump and Russia, was compiled after Steele was hired by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which was itself being paid by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee through the Perkins Coie law firm. The fact that the dossier had Democratic funding was not revealed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.