FBI/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION: “A Senate committee released newly declassified documents that showed the Federal Bureau of Investigation was wary in early 2017 of a dossier compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele that helped stir a narrative, later debunked, that the Trump campaign had close ties to Russian intelligence.

The documents released Friday by the Senate Judiciary Committee included FBI notes from three days of interviews with a primary source of Mr. Steele who cast doubt on some of the dossier’s contents. FBI notes from the interview in early 2017 indicated that Mr. Steele’s source had told him information about Mr. Trump’s alleged sexual escapades was ‘rumor and speculation’ that he was unable to confirm.

Also released were notes of a former high-level FBI agent, Peter Strzok, who wrote that Mr. Steele himself ‘may not be in a position to judge the reliability of his subsource network.’'”

-Alan Cullison, “Newly Declassified Documents Suggest FBI Was Wary by Early 2017 of Steele Dossier,” wsj.com, July 19, 2020