Memo Comey used to brief Trump on dossier released: report

The FBI released the memo that top intelligence officials, including former Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTop Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann lands book deal Trump to appear on 'Meet the Press' for first time as president Hicks repeatedly blocked by White House from answering Judiciary questions MORE, used to brief President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Joint Chiefs chairman: 'The last thing in the world we need right now is a war with Iran' Pence: 'We're not convinced' downing of drone was 'authorized at the highest levels' Trump: Bolton would take on the whole world at one time MORE on the dossier detailing Trump's possible connections with Russia, CNN reported Saturday.

The heavily redacted memo, shared Friday, is two pages long.

"An FBI source ... volunteered highly politically sensitive information ... on Russian influence efforts aimed at the US presidential election," CNN reported it saying.


The dossier, known by the name of its writer, ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, has been a subject of intense political debate around the investigation into Russian collusion and meddling in the 2016 election.

Republicans have pointed to the fact the opposition research by Fusion GPS was funded partly by Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump: I'd rather run against Biden Democrats target Florida Hispanics in 2020 George Conway says new rape allegation against Trump 'is more credible' than Juanita Broaddrick MORE's presidential campaign and say the ties between Fusion GPS and top federal officials prove FBI leadership was biased against Trump.

The memo shared Friday does not mention the Steele dossier by name, but does allude to it.

"The source is an executive of a private business intelligence firm and a former employee of a friendly intelligence service who has been compensated for previous reporting over the past three years," the document said, according to CNN. "The source maintains and collects information from a layered network of identified and unidentified subsources, some of which has been corroborated in the past. The source collected this information on behalf of private clients and was not compensated for it by the FBI."

The memo was released by the FBI after a suit by public records advocacy group James Madison Project, aided by Politico as a result of a judge's order.