A former Obama administration official and Fox News contributor said on Martha MacCallum’s show on Friday that the former White House thought the infamous Trump dossier was “funny and salacious,” according to Breitbart.
Marie Harf, a former spokesperson for the Obama-era State Department, made the comment in response to a suggestion that the dossier was at the center of the Obama administration’s initial collusion theories.
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HARF, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Well, I’m very impressed with Mollie’s ability to spin a conspiracy theory out of this. There is no evidence to support what she’s putting forward. Look, I think it’s interesting. It was certainly salacious when it came out. But I would disagree with something she just said, this dossier, while it may have got a lot of attention, isn’t actually what the Russian investigations are about right now. They’re about all these meetings that Trump officials had with the Russians that they were not honest about. They’re about possible ties. And nothing may come from those investigations. But let’s be very clear, they’re not based on that dossier. I have no idea who paid for it. I have no idea where any of this came from. But I suspect there’s some attempt in Congress right now on the Republican side to use this dossier and some of these conspiracy theories.
HEMINGWAY: In fact, this dossier was used by the FBI to secure a FISA warrant against an American citizen. It was also used by Obama officials and intelligence agencies to really get this whole Russian conspiracy going.
HARF: That’s not true, Mollie. I was in the administration. That’s absolutely not true. We thought this was a funny, salacious thing. The Russian investigations started because a bunch of other issues not related.
Breitbart reports that contrary to Harf’s claims that the dossier is outside of the Russia investigation, reports have said the Fusion GPS document has been somewhat central to the probe.
According to the BBC, the dossier served as a “roadmap” for the FBI’s investigation into claims of coordination between Moscow and members of Trump’s presidential campaign.
In April, CNN reported that the dossier served as part of the FBI’s justification for seeking a FISA court’s approval to clandestinely monitor the communications of Carter Page, the American oil industry investor who was tangentially and briefly associated with Trump’s presidential campaign.
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Former FBI Director James Comey refused many times over to answer questions pertaining to his department’s ties to the dossier during his testimony before the Senate.
President Trump has since accused Comey of trying to leverage the dossier.
Here’s the clip (skip to 43:00):