The finding is significant, reporter John Solomon wrote of the judge’s remarks, because it validates Attorney General Bill Barr’s allegations that the FBI misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court in seeking approval of the surveillance.
Misleading the court was a crime, but the judge’s lengthy ruling in a defamation judgement against Steele invites a question: Did Hillary Clinton commit the misdeed of which she accused Trump, i.e., soliciting foreign interference to win the election.
The “Ultimate Client” The judge ruled that Steele smeared two Russian businessmen with the dossier, but “buried in Justice Mark Warby’s ruling were several new pieces of evidence that answer long lingering questions about just what the FBI knew, and when it knew it,” Solomon wrote. “Warby’s lengthy ruling unearthed a gem of new evidence to answer the question: Steele kept his own notes of what he told FBI agents the first time he met them on July 5, 2016 in London to discuss his anti-Trump Russia research.”
Warby revealed that the “ultimate client” for Steele’s dossier was the Democratic Party, and beyond that, the Clinton campaign, Solomon wrote, a distinction without a difference as American election-year politics goes.