CROSSFIRE HURRICANE (FBI investigation)
Crossfire Hurricane was the code name for the counterintelligence investigation undertaken by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from July 31, 2016 to May 17, 2017 into links between Trump associates and Russian officials and “whether individuals associated with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign were coordinating, wittingly or unwittingly, with the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election “. Trump was not personally under investigation until May 2017, when his firing of FBI director James Comey raised suspicions of obstruction of justice.
The investigation was officially opened on July 31, 2016, initially due to information on Trump campaign member George Papadopoulos’s early assertions of Russians having damaging material on Donald Trump’s rival candidate Hillary Clinton. From late July to November 2016, the joint effort between the FBI, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the National Security Agency (NSA) examined evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election. The FBI’s team enjoyed a large degree of autonomy within the broader interagency probe.
The FBI’s work was taken over on May 17, 2017, by the Special Counsel investigation of 2017–2019, which eventually resulted in the Mueller Report. Mueller concluded that Russian interference occurred in a “sweeping and systematic fashion” and that there were substantial links with the Trump campaign, but the evidence available to investigators did not establish that the Trump campaign had “conspired or coordinated” with the Russian government.
The following documents were declassified under President Trump’s order in January, 2021:
The FBI knew likely before September 2017 but for sure at that time that the Steele dossier was created to help Hillary Clinton. They knew this but still kept the Russia collusion fake investigation open for another couple years so they could harass President Trump and attempt to remove him from office.
The FBI was in on it and yet they were the ones interviewing Steele and taking notes. So we really can’t be sure we know all the facts about Steele and the FBI even now. This is the best we got. We do know they kept the Mueller investigation going for more than a year after receiving this information.
This is the declassified report: