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FBI kept using Steele dossier for FISA applications despite documenting ex-spy’s bias, documents show

Newly released records show that the FBI formally documented the bias of British ex-spy Christopher Steele shortly after the November 2016 presidential election, yet continued to use his unverified dossier in multiple Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court warrant application renewals, records obtained by Fox News show.

The documents, first obtained by Judicial Watch, also revealed that top Justice Department official Bruce Ohr maintained contact with Steele for at least six months after Steele was fired by the FBI for unauthorized media contacts in November 2016.

The summaries of FBI interviews with Ohr, known as 302s, show that Ohr knew by September 2016 — a month before the initial FISA application to surveil the Trump campaign — that Steele was “desperate” that Donald Trump not be elected president.

A source close to the matter told Fox News “this had the effect of putting a senior DOJ official on notice that a witness/source had an extreme bias.” Nevertheless, the FISA warrant application went through in October 2016 with multiple renewals.

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Senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, left, continued to communicate with former British spy Christopher Steele, right, even after the FBI cut ties with him. (AP)

While the FISA records are heavily redacted, it did not appear that the FBI’s concerns about Steele’s bias were ever shared with the FISA court.

Fox News has previously reported that on four occasions, the FBI told the FISA court that it “did not believe Steele was the direct source for a Yahoo News article written by Michael Isikoff implicating former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page in alleged collusion with Russian officials.

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While FBI told the FISA court that the Yahoo article was additional, independent evidence to support Steele’s claims, the 302s show that by November 2016 — before several FISA warrant renewals — the FBI had made the connection between Steele and the Yahoo News article.

It is not clear from the interviews whether Ohr made the connection, or the interviewing agent did.

The 22 pages of reports on interviews with Ohr also revealed his extensive contacts with Steele. The two communicated on the encrypted messaging app “WhatsApp,” according to the records.

The FBI documents showed Ohr’s contacts with Steele extended through May 2017 when Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed. Ohr then became a kind of backchannel linking Steele to the FBI after his termination.

In November 2016, Ohr said that “reporting on Trump’s ties to Russia [was] going to the Clinton Campaign, Jon Winer at the U.S. State Department and the FBI.” In December 2016, Simpson gave Ohr a thumb drive with Fusion GPS research, according to the documents, and said former Trump attorney Michael Cohen may have visited Prague.

Mueller was unable to substantiate the incendiary claim in the dossier that Cohen traveled to Prague as part of a conspiracy with Russian actors.

On December 20, 2016, the documents show, Ohr gave the FBI opposition research conducted by his wife Nellie Ohr at Fusion GPS research, “which contained the totality” of her efforts “but the Fusion GPS header was stripped.”

London court records show that contrary to the FBI’s assessments, Steele briefed Yahoo News and other reporters in the fall of 2016 at the direction of Fusion GPS — the opposition research firm behind the dossier.

And the new materials obtained by Judicial Watch show that Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of Fusion GPS, and Steele “could have met with Yahoo or Michael Isikoff jointly, but OHR does not know if they did.”

Simpson has been accused of giving “extremely misleading” testimony to Congress concerning the dossier during closed-door remarks in August 2017.

According to FBI documents, Ohr apparently met with Steele in Washington, D.C. in late September, “possibly close to the time when the Yahoo news article was published on September 23, 2016.”

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“This new Bruce Ohr FBI 302s show an unprecedented and irregular effort by the FBI, DOJ, and State Department to dig up dirt on President Trump using the conflicted Bruce Ohr, his wife, and the Clinton/DNC spies at Fusion GPS,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.

“The FISA courts weren’t informed of this corrupted process when they were asked to approve and reapprove extraordinary spy warrants targeting President Trump,” Fitton added.

This is a developing story. Check back soon for updates.

Fox News’ Jake Gibson and Catherine Herridge contributed to this report.

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Nadler: Committee has launched ‘formal impeachment proceedings’ against Trump

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., confirmed on Thursday evening that his committee has officially launched “formal impeachment proceedings” into the alleged misconduct of President Trump.

Appearing on CNN, Nadler said people shouldn’t be “hung up on the semantics” since his committee is “investigating” the facts and evidence.

He said that he “wasn’t waiting” for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who has been publicly reluctant to support impeachment, but added that she’s been “very cooperative” with his investigation.

But after being pressed as to whether his investigation was considered “formal impeachment proceedings,” Nadler insisted that’s what it is.

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“This is formal impeachment proceedings,” Nadler said. “We are investigating all the evidence, we’re gathering the evidence and we will at the conclusion of this, hopefully by the end of the year, vote to, vote articles of impeachment to the House floor or we won’t. That’s a decision that we’ll have to make. But that — that’s exactly the process we’re in right now.”

“All right, so when you say formal impeachment proceedings, have you started drafting or preparing articles of impeachment should you need them?” host Erin Burnett asked.

“There are articles of impeachment introduced a number of months ago and referred to the committee,” Nadler responded. “As the investigation proceeds, we may want to draft our own articles of impeachment that may more closely fit the evidence. We’ll see.”

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Listen: Famed NFL writer pulled over by cops during live radio interview

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“The Dan Patrick Show” got derailed on Thursday after sportswriter Peter King was pulled over for talking on his cellphone during a live interview.

While discussing the upcoming season for the Dallas Cowboys, King interrupted the conversation about the legal trouble he drove himself into.

“Hey Dan, guess what…” King began.

“What?” host Dan Patrick responded.

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“This is hilarious… I got stopped for talking on a cellphone because I’m talking to you,” King continued. “So I have to hang up. The cops are coming to the car. Sorry about that!”

“Do you want me to talk to the police officer?” Patrick as the writer ended the call.

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King later rejoined the show as Patrick and others were placing “bets” as to whether or not the sportswriter got a ticket.

“Did you get a ticket?” Patrick asked.

“Of course, I got a ticket,” King answered, causing Patrick to chuckle. “I mean, I said to the cop ‘I’m on with Dan Patrick’ and he said ‘Here’s your ticket.’ That was fun.”

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‘The Five’ debate meat’s impact on global warming after fresh UN report

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Fox News’ Lawrence Jones and Dan Bongino are putting their foot down, declaring they will not give up meat after a U.N. scientific report released Thursday advised people to eat less meat in order to stave off global warming.

“I don’t care because I want my meat and I believe that it was placed on here for us to eat. And I think it’s a minimal effect on the world compared to all of the other gases,” Jones declared on the “The Five” Thursday.

Co-host Donna Brazile asked Jones if he cared about the planet before Bongino jumped in and refused to compromise on the issue.

“I’m with Lawrence, I really don’t care. These climate change alarmists have been wrong about just about everything. All of their charts have been debunked,” Bongino claimed.

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Jones also pushed back at the idea of genetically modified meat created in a lab saying he preferred his beef and chicken the authentic way.

Co-host Greg Gutfeld also jumped in and said he, for the most part, agreed with Jones and Bongino before making light of the issue.

“I’m more concerned about the pain of the vegetables and what happens if we stop eating meat. Suddenly billions of animals will just be hanging around,” Gutfeld said.

Brazile continued to make her point regarding climate change and the impact of meat and promised to make her co-hosts a “great gumbo” without meat.

“Sugar, when I stir your bowl it’ll give you some soul,” Brazile told her colleagues.

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Victoria’s Secret CEO said Jeffrey Epstein ‘misappropriated vast sums’ as his financial manager

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Victoria’s Secret CEO Leslie Wexner has claimed that wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein “misappropriated vast sums of money” while serving as his wealth manager for close to a decade.

Wexner, who is also the founder of L Brands, a fashion retailer, said he decided to sever ties with Epstein in 2007 when allegations surfaced that he had sexually abused underage girls. “In that process, we discovered that he had misappropriated vast sums of money from me and my family,” Wexner wrote in a letter this week to his company employees.

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Wexner asked Epstein to step back from his roles as both manager of his personal finances and trustee of the Wexner Foundation, though Epstein has denied any improprieties.

“With his credibility and our trust in him destroyed, we immediately severed ties with him,” Wexner wrote. “We were able to recover some of the funds.”

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that the missing funds amounted to $46 million, and the billionaire wrote that some of the donations that Epstein made to Wexner’s charitable foundation, “represented a portion of the returned monies.”

“All of that money — every dollar of it — was originally Wexner family money,” the letter said.

L Brands has hired a law firm to investigate Epstein’s role in the finances of the parent company.

In 2008 Epstein took a controversial nonprosecution plea deal in Miami, resulting in an 18-month sentence for solicitation of prostitution involving an underage victim. (He served 13 months of that sentence.)

Wexner said he is “embarrassed” and was “deceived” by Epstein. Epstein, meanwhile, is embroiled in a new scandal: He now faces additional charges of sex-trafficking and misconduct, with prosecutors in New York alleging that he paid girls as young as 14 hundreds of dollars for massages before molesting them at his homes in New York and Palm Beach, Fla., from 2002 through 2005.

“As the story has unfolded further, and the extent of the pain caused by Mr. Epstein continues to grow, I have spent time reflecting and searching for answers as to how this could have happened. My heart goes out to each person who has suffered unthinkable pain and I pray for their healing,” Wexner said.

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Before Wexner’s letter, not a lot was known about how Epstein amassed his wealth, which includes a $77 million Manhattan mansion that he acquired through Wexner, a $12 million Palm Beach estate, a private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands, properties in New Mexico and Paris, a private jet and more. Epstein has been notoriously tight-lipped about his portfolio of billionaire clients, developed via the firm he created in the early 1980s.

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Ari Fleischer: De Blasio’s tax plan aimed at rich but will hit working class hard

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Democratic presidential candidate Bill de Blasio’s plan to tax the rich at 70 percent would end up hurting the working class for whom he claims to advocate, according to Ari Fleischer.

At the same time, 2020 hopeful Andrew Yang’s so-called, “Freedom Dividend” of $1,000 per month is an “intriguing” concept, Fleischer claimed Thursday on “Your World.”

“You can’t hurt working-class people more when your policies target those who give you your jobs and they stop you from getting a pay increase,” he said.

“We’ve seen a lot of that during the Obama administration and what did we have? We had low growth and flat wages.”

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On Wednesday, de Blasio — the mayor of New York City — told Fox News’ Sean Hannity he plans to tax those making more than $2 million per year at as much as 70 percent.

De Blasio claimed former Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy taxed the wealthy at similar rates.

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In response, Fleischer told host Neil Cavuto that Kennedy later worked toward cutting the tax rate, though the decrease did not go into effect until after President Lyndon Johnson entered the White House following the Massachusetts Democrat’s assassination.

Regarding Yang, Fleischer said he would consider taking a closer look at the $12,000 per year stipend if, in exchange, all welfare programs outside of disability and the like were sunsetted.

“I find the universal income intriguing,” he said.

Earlier this year, Yang claimed in an interview his proposal will encourage citizens to work.

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Yang told TMZ that the plan is necessary to help American workers whose jobs have become automized. When asked if giving the dividend would incentivize workers, he cited the “Alaska Permanent Fund,” which was established in 1976 and pays residents a dividend from the state’s mineral revenue.

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace contributed to this report.

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John Delaney challenges Bernie Sanders to a health care debate following TV clash

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Former congressman John Delaney is challenging Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to a debate on health care following their clash at last month’s Democratic debates.

The gauntlet was thrown down after Delaney found some common ground with Sanders after the senator criticized the DNC’s debate format, which he described as “demeaning” due to the time constraints.

“Although Senator Sanders and I think about politics very differently, I do agree that the current debate format makes it hard to have an in-depth, fact-based discussion,” he said in a press release Thursday.

“You can’t talk about an issue like health care in 30-second clips and do it justice. Senator, I’ll debate you on health care anywhere you want, long-form format. The two of us are driving the discussion across the party on the best way to achieve universal health care. Let’s get in-depth and talk about the facts.”

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It is unclear whether Sanders has accepted or rejected the challenge. The Sanders campaign did not immediately respond to Fox News for comment.

Delaney has been an outspoken critic of Sanders’ signature legislation Medicare-for-all and had a fiery exchange with him during the most recent Democratic debate. After Delaney previously described Medicare-for-all as “political suicide,” Sanders shot back, telling the former congressman, “You’re wrong.”

“If you want stability in the health care system which gives you freedom of choice with regard to doctor or hospital, which is a system that will not bankrupt you, the answer is to get rid of the profiteering of the drug companies and the insurance companies and move to Medicare-for-all,” Sanders argued.

“What I’m talking about is really simple… We should deal with the tragedy of being uninsured and give everyone healthcare as a right,” Delaney later responded. “But why do we got to be the party of taking something away from people? That’s what they’re running on.”

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During his appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience” earlier this week, Sanders was asked if he gets frustrated by the “time constraints” of the debates, to which he responded, “absolutely.”

“You shouldn’t even call them a debate. What they are is a reality TV show in which you have to come up with a soundbite and all that stuff,” Sanders said. “It’s demeaning to the candidates and it’s demeaning to the American people. You can’t explain the complexity of health care in America in 45 seconds, nobody can.”

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Rush Limbaugh urges Trump to not compromise with Democrats on guns

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Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh urged President Trump Thursday to not compromise with Democrats on guns, telling the commander-in-chief he will never be on friendly terms with Democrats.

“President Trump, don’t start talking to them about guns. Don’t start negotiating with ’em about that,” Limbaugh said Thursday on his radio show.

“You cannot accomplish a thing here by even attempting to compromise or negotiate.”

Back-to-back mass shootings this past weekend left at least 33 people dead in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Many Democrats and Republicans continue to debate how to respond to the shootings, with some calling for an assault weapons ban.

Limbaugh’s message to Trump was that there is no reasoning with Democrats and persuading them on the issue.

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“There’s no persuading them. There’s no talking them out of it. There’s no grabbing ’em by the shoulders and shaking sense into them,” Limbaugh proclaimed. “They have to continually be defeated, electorally and by massive majorities.”

The radio host argued that Democrats are focused on Trump and guns while the real issue is much deeper than that.

“The heartbreak is what the hell is happening to our culture, what the hell is happening to our education system, what the hell is happening to our family structure,” Limbaugh said.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Onetime Miss Iraq clashes with Rep. Omar after saying lawmaker doesn’t represent her as Muslim

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Former Miss Iraq Sarah Idan provoked the criticism of Rep. Ilhan Omar on Thursday after news surfaced that she distanced herself from the freshman Democrat from Minnesota in an interview.

“Ilhan Omar does not represent me as a Muslim — does not represent millions of Muslims in the Middle East,” Idan told “The Sara Carter Show.”

Those comments prompted Omar to stress that she wasn’t the beauty queen’s representative since she didn’t live in her congressional district.

“Hey, I might be wrong but I don’t think you are a #MN05 resident and like that makes be not your representative,” Omar tweeted alongside a shrug emoji.

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Idan labeled the Minnesota congresswoman’s agenda “anti-American.”

“Seriously @IlhanMN this is your intellectual come back?” she asked. “I said as a MUSLIM! I dont stand for your anti-American, anti-Semitic, Muslim Brotherhood agenda using this democracy to further YOUR & YOUR FRIENDS Islamic socialism goals of dividing & weakening our country.”

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Omar hadn’t responded on Twitter by the time of publication, but did signal approval for a tweet rebuffing the notion that she should be representative of all Muslims.

During her interview, Idan also said it was sad that many people take for granted the freedom they have in the United States. She said that women like Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., exploit liberals’ focus on diversity by attacking the country. “They feed on the sympathy of people,” Idan added.

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Idan, who grew up during the Iraq War, praised U.S. soldiers and heavily criticized the way former dictator Saddam Hussein treated his people. Idan received death threats and was forced to flee from Iraq after she posted an Instagram photo alongside Miss Israel in 2017.

In another tweet, Idan accused Omar of trying to “export” the same ideology that she’d fled from in the Middle East. “First was the Middle East, then Europe & now the USA. I fled from the same ideology you’re trying to export here,” she said.

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Greg Gutfeld: One thing you can ‘guarantee’ about controversial ‘The Hunt’ movie

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Co-host of “The FiveGreg Gutfeld, claimed backlash surrounding the Universal Studios film “The Hunt” has been overblown and said the idea of hunting down humans has been a recurring theme for decades.

“Can I defend this?” Gutfeld asked on “The Five” Thursday. “This is an old idea, the most dangerous game. There’s a lot of movies about hunting humans and we have no idea who becomes victorious in this. This is a satire.”

He also said there will likely be a twist in the movie showing the “deplorables” winning the fight and claimed there wasn’t any merit to the outrage emanating from the film’s detractors.

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“I think we immediately go, ‘oh my God, they’re hunting conservatives.’ I guarantee you the conservative will probably win and that’s the twist in this,” he continued. “So I think this is much ado about nothing.”

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Universal pulled ads for the film in light of the recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton, but stood by the movie’s September 27 release date and are forging ahead with their original plan to have the movie hit theaters.

Others disagree with Gutfeld’s take and see the film as a twisted political statement, meant to help liberals vent about their frustrations with President Trump.

“This certainly shows Hollywood for what it really is — demented and evil. At a time when journalists try to blame President Trump for every act of violence in the world, wannabe Tinseltown terrorists are making sick murder fantasies about right-wingers,” Media Research Center vice president Dan Gainor told Fox News.

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report

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