'Crown Material' (Federal Bureau of Investigation)

Ken Whittle filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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Multi Request 'Crown Material'


From: Ken Whittle

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all information, emails, documentation, communications, and transcripts relating to or using the the phrase "crown material", which former FBI director Comey stated was used by analysts when referring to the Steele dossier material.

James Comey Testimony (December 17, 2018): Pages 134 - 136
Link: https://d3i6fh83elv35t.cloudfront.net/static/2018/12/Comey-interview-12-17-18-redacted.pdf

"Mr. Gowdy. Do you recall -- when I use the phrase "crown material," what does that refer to?

Mr. Comey. I think it refers to material that -- now called the Steele dossier. I mean, I could be wrong about that, but I think that's the name that the analysts use for that material.

Mr. Gowdy. I think you're correct. So do you recall whether any, quote, crown material or dossier material was included in the IC assessment?

Mr. Comey. Yes. I'm going to be careful here because I'm talking about a document that's still classified. The unclassified thing we talked about earlier today, the first paragraph you can see of exhibit A, is reflective of the fact that at least some of the material that Steele had collected was in the big thing called the intelligence community assessment in an annex called annex A. "

Other Links:

"Fox News was told that the email chain – not yet public -- referred to the dossier as "crown material," but it was not clear why this apparent code was used. On Tuesday night, former GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy said on Fox News' "The Story with Martha MacCallum" that "Comey has a better argument than Brennan, based on what I've seen."
Link: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/dispute-erupts-over-whether-brennan-comey-pushed-steele-dossier-as-doj-probe-into-misconduct-begins

"Comey also told lawmakers on Dec. 17 that he recalled a discussion with Brennan about whether parts of the dossier should be included in the body of the ICA or in an appendix. When asked by Gowdy in that interview about his email to staff members, Comey said it was “possible” he sent an email but that he did not specifically recall. Gowdy then referred to the email, asking about the “crown material” reference and telling Comey that he had used the word “unverified” to describe the dossier."
Link: https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/15/comey-brennan-dossier-rift-gowdy/

Daily Caller Reporter, Chuck Ross: 'FBI analysts called the Steele dossier the "crown material."'

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Kenneth Whittle

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