Elected President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, was previously an advisor to Hillary Clinton in 2016, and years after the election defended the dossier the campaign paid against President Trump.
In a January 2018 interview with David Axelrod’s podcast, re-uploaded by the Daily Caller, Sullivan denied knowing the origin of the dossier when it was first created, but made it clear he wasn’t shy away from it.
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“I certainly don’t want my saying that I didn’t know who paid for the dossier to suggest that I want to say I want to distance myself from it,” Sullivan said. – I’m not saying that by any means.
Sullivan claimed to have seen the dossier for the first time when it was published in January 2017. This is in line with what he said in a December 2017 interview with the House Intelligence Committee. During the interview, he noted that he had read some of the information in the dossier in advance.
Former British spy Christopher Steele compiled the dossier as part of the Clinton campaign and opposition research paid for by the Democratic Party, Fusion GPS. Asked who authorized the dossier in the Clinton campaign, Sullivan said, “I can’t tell.”
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Sullivan further fermented the virtues of digging into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
“I mean, I think it’s entirely appropriate and responsible to get a gust of wind, or if people involved in the campaign are blowing winds, that there may be real questions about the relationship between Donald Trump, his organization, his campaign and Russia, to fully explore,” he said. .
The file eventually fell into the hands of the FBI, which used it to support Carter Page’s order to monitor a former Trump campaign adviser, even though the contents of the file were never checked. Steele’s sub-source also told the FBI that the information in the file was unreliable.
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In an interview with the House Intelligence Committee, Sullivan admitted that he shared with reporters in a 2016 briefing his suspicions about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. Sullivan told members of Congress that Trump had taken positions that were “almost exactly in line with Vladimir Putin’s wish list,” so he spoke to journalists and contacts with members of the Russian and Trump campaigns, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort and Page. .
At the time of Sullivan’s house committee interview, the FBI had already secured Page’s primary order as part of a multi-year investigation into the Russian election intervention and possible involvement in the Trump campaign. This test, led mainly by Special Adviser Robert Mueller, did not provide sufficient evidence to conclude that there was any illegal coordination between the campaign and Russia.