Just the News collected and published on Jan. 19 the summary of the debriefing and a copy of the handwritten notes taken by an agent who interviewed Steele in London on Sept. 18 and 19, 2017.
Through the first hour of the interview on the first day, Steele was followed by his partner from Orbis Business Intelligence, Chris Burrows.
Steele and Burrows confessed to the agents for leaking their dossier on President Donald Trump to the media. They decided to go forward with the leak because then-FBI Director James Comey reopened the Clinton-email investigation. Hilary Clinton was Steele’s client for the dossier.
“STEELE explained that as the election season went on, they as the company were ‘riding two horses’—their client and the FBI—and after FBI Director James COMEY reopened the Hillary Clinton investigation, they had to pick ‘one horse’ and chose the business/client relationship over the relationship with the FBI,” the document states. “They followed what their client wanted, and they spoke to the press.”
Burrows told the bureau that he was worried that the FBI never gave Orbis for the anti-Trump dossier.
The dossier performed a significant role in the FBI’s choice to apply for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to watch former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page, according to the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General. The warrant applications were riddled with notable errors and omissions, including one which has led to a guilty plea to a federal false statements charge by the FBI attorney involved.
Steele and Burrows told the FBI that they considered Trump their “main opponent.” Steele said he lamented speaking to Mother Jones about the dossier. The FBI fired Steele as a source after learning that he had leaked to the press. Steele said that after he was discharged from the FBI, he gave copies of the dossier to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) via an intermediary.
During the interview, Steele did not reveal the identity of the primary sub-source of the dossier. The man has since been known as a Russian national who had been probed by the FBI over his relations to Russian intelligence.
Steele told the agents that he was certain in the information he received from the primary sub-source. But in an interview with the FBI, the sub-source, Igor Danchenko, said that Steele often misrepresented his reporting, including by drawing hyping up stories he passed on as credible intelligence.