A nonprofit group run by a former top aide for Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and partially funded by left-wing philanthropist George Soros spent the post-2016 era funneling millions of dollars to British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s company and the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, helping the groups continue their Russia-related research despite the discrediting of the dossier...
... Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a report in 2019 concluding Steele's dossier played a "central and essential" role in the FBI's effort to wiretap Carter Page, a 2016 Trump campaign adviser who was never charged with a crime. The DOJ watchdog criticized the bureau for 17 “significant errors and omissions." Declassified footnotes from Horowitz’s report indicate the bureau became aware that Steele’s dossier may have been compromised by Russian disinformation.
The New York Times revealed in December 2018 that “as Russia’s online
election machinations came to light last year, a group of Democratic
tech experts decided to try out similarly deceptive tactics in the
fiercely contested Alabama Senate race” between Roy Moore and Doug
Jones. The outlet said an internal New Knowledge report said that “we
orchestrated an elaborate ‘false flag’ operation that planted the idea
that the Moore campaign was amplified on social media by a Russian