In April 2018, former FBI Director James Comey appeared on Fox News with Bret Baier, where he lied multiple times about his knowledge of the Steele dossier. During the interview, Baier pressed Comey on his knowledge of the Steele dossier:
“When did you learn that the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign had funded Christopher Steele’s work?” Baier asked.
“Yes, I still don’t know that for a fact,” Comey said.
“What do you mean?” Baier asked.
“I’ve only seen it in the media. I never knew exactly which Democrats has funded, I knew it was funded first by Republicans,” Comey responded.
“That’s not true that the dossier that Christopher Steele worked on was funded by Republicans,” Baier replied.
The recently released IG report shows the Comey must have been lying here. The report explains that Comey had been aware of the origins of the Steele dossier since, at least, October of 2016, nearly 2 years prior.
The report writes, “On October 12, 2016, Evans’s concerns about Steele were briefed to Comey and McCabe in a meeting attended by at least [E.W] Priestap, [Peter] Strzok, Lisa Page, and the OGC unit Chief. According to notes of the meeting, the group discussed that Evans was concerned Steele may have been hired by someone associated with Hillary Clinton or the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and that the read copy of the FISA application would not be filed with the court that day so that Evans could further assess the potential bias. …
Following the meeting, the OGC Unit Chief emailed [Deputy General Counsel Trisha] Anderson and the OGC Attorney on October 12 and advised them that the concerns Evans had raised were discussed with Comey and McCabe.”
As The Federalist explains, “Comey lied to Americans in order to keep up the appearance that the Steele dossier was in some way legitimate or that he was unaware of it’s illegitimacy.”