[Ed. – As already suggested here, the State Department official who prepared a brief for him — Jonathan Winer — appears to have known Steele and been a fan of his work. I’m not surprised to see information start to come out that Winer, and State, knew about the dossier. Keep in mind, Winer has also served as an attorney for William Browder, and would have known about his run-ins with Prevezon, Prevezon’s representation by BakerHostetler, and presumably Fusion GPS’s involvement with both Prevezon and the Steele dossier.]
It was reported last week by the Washington Examiner that congressional investigators have looked into the State Department’s role in handling the dossier, which was put together by Christopher Steele, a former British spy who was investigating Trump on behalf of the Clinton campaign and DNC.
On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported additional details on the State Department’s interactions with Steele and the dossier.
According to The Post, Kerry was briefed in late September or early October 2016 on information collected by Steele.
Jonathan Winer, who at the time served as the State Department’s Special Envoy for Libya, put together a two-page memo on Steele’s allegations that was provided to Kerry.