Fox's John Roberts inaccurately attacks the Trump-Russia dossier as "false information"
According to reports, American intelligence officials have “verified” various “core” aspects of the dossier. Even the House Republican memo admitted that the Steele dossier was "minimally corroborated" but that said corroboration "was in its 'infancy.'"
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From the February 2 edition of Fox News' The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino:
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JOHN ROBERTS (FOX NEWS CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT): The basic premise of all of this is that a FISA warrant to surveil Carter Page, who was a sometimes foreign policy adviser to the president, was based on false information. Specifically that unverified dossier that was compiled by Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele.
This all goes to the application for that warrant to surveil Carter Page. The memo written by [Rep. Devin] Nunes [(R-CA)] and [Rep. Trey] Gowdy [(R-SC)] basically saying that that was based on information that was contained in a dossier, which has not been verified, and in some circles certainly discredited.
This whole memo, Dana, is painting a picture that everything that led up to the initiation of the Russia investigation, and ultimately the appointment of the special counsel, really hinges on this unverified dossier, which this memo suggests was unreliable, unverified, and was corroborated in part through what [Fox News chief intelligence correspondent] Catherine Herridge has pointed out is circular reporting, that Christopher Steele, who compiled this dossier, fed information from it to news organizations who then wrote a story about it. He said that's corroborating my very own dossier. So we're not sure where this is going to go legally, but certainly politically it will be fodder for a fairly wide discussion here I think in Washington.