Overstock's former CEO, Patrick Byrne, said he had provided information to the Department of Justice to investigate the origins of the investigation in Russia.
In several interviews on Thursday after leaving the e-commerce retailer, he spent over two decades describing Byrne's information as an FBI informant, and later turned to Attorney General William Barr when he felt he was Being part of a "deep state" negotiation.
Byrne Shares Fox News with That He Provided Documents This reached US Attorney John Durham, whom Barr has appointed to review the conduct of the DOJ and the FBI in the early stages of investigating relations to lead the Trump campaign to Russia.
In an interview with CNN, Byrne said he forwarded his information to the DOJ on April 5 and 30, after which it was revealed that Durham had been asked to determine if there was a mistake in the making of the Trump Russia probe had occurred.
The 57-year-old Multimilliona On Thursday, he resigned as CEO and said it was the best for Overstock. The company saw its shares fall more than 30% after publicly exposing its involvement in the investigation of Russian interference in the 201
Byrne claimed that the FBI approached him in 2015 for assistance in prosecuting. He said he later found out that he was being used in a "political espionage" against Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Ted Cruz. Byrne also said he liked former President Barack Obama and did not vote for Trump.
Byrne said he received orders from former FBI agent Peter Strzok, who played a key role in the Clinton emails and Russia investigation. Strzok was removed from the investigation by Special Envoy Robert Mueller after it was revealed that he had exchanged anti-Trump text messages with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he had an affair, and was released last year. According to Byrne, federal officials confirmed to him that it was Strzok who gave him orders.
When Byrne claimed that the office had been abducted from above, he also named former FBI director James Comey and assistant director Andrew McCabe, aware of his role. He told CNN moderator Chris Cuomo, who asked for evidence that he was "very confident" that Barr would put the three former FBI officials on indictment in the near future. The Washington Examiner reached out to the FBI, the DOJ, and Strzok's lawyer. The FBI and Strzok's lawyer refused to comment, while the DOJ did not immediately return the request for comment.
Byrne said he was not the only "whistleblower" to come forward and claimed that Clinton's followers in Hollywood were spying targets.
When Byrne was confronted with questions from skeptical interviewers on Thursday, CNN reported that a US official confirmed that Byrne had exchanged information about the early stages of the Russia investigation during a meeting earlier this year. The source said judicial officials considered part of Byrne's story believable because what he said was not widely known.
Byrne is the last person to appear as a possible FBI informant in the course of investigating counterintelligence against Trump. Another is Stefan Halper, a 75-year-old Cambridge professor who has reportedly held talks with at least three members of the Trump campaign: foreign policy advisors George Papadopoulos, Carter Page, and Trump campaign co-chair, Sam Clovis , The New York Times reported in April that the Inspector General of the Ministry of Justice was investigating his actions to determine if he was beyond the scope of his mandate.
Byrne first revealed to the Washington Examiner a few weeks ago claimed that he had entered into a sexual relationship with the Russian spy Maria Butina at the encouragement of the FBI, but did not expose the romantic aspect of their relationship when he was imprisoned The course of the Russian inquiry. Byrne said he was hit by "political espionage" and a "deep state" plot. Butina was sentenced to 18 months in prison in April for joining forces with a high-ranking Russian official to infiltrate conservative American political circles and influence US relations with Russia.
Byrne, claiming he was offered a "$ 1 billion" bribe, said he had received advice from billionaire Warren Buffett, whom he called his "rabbi," and wanted to go forward because he was Guilty decision on the recent wave of deadly mass shootings.
"The problem is that I realized that these orders came from Peter Strzok, and that I know a lot more about putting things together than I should know, and I tried to be silent," he said to Fox Business . " This country has gone crazy, and especially in the last year, when I realized I know, every time I see one of these things, someone drives 600 miles to shoot 20 strangers in the mall, I think I feel a bit responsible. "