Report: FBI Leaders Told Agents Debunked Russia Collusion Info Came From DOJ

A document revealed during the trial of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann on Monday showed that the leadership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation lied to its field agents about the source of debunked claims that former President Donald Trump’s campaign was communicating with the Russian Alfa Bank, wrongly saying it was referred to the agency by the Department of Justice, instead of coming directly from Sussmann, the New York Post reported Monday.

“In that referral, the DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE provided the FBI with a white paper that was produced by an anonymous third party,” an internal FBI communication erroneously said, “According to the white paper, a U.S.-based server that is owned by the TRUMP ORGANIZATION has been communicating with the Russian-based ALFA BANK organization in Moscow, Russia.”

The document, which was compiled by agents Curtis Heide and Allison Sands on Sept. 23, 2016, as a record of the investigation, did not mention that the “white paper” was provided by Sussmann on Sept. 19, or that he was representing the Clinton campaign at the time.

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