According to The Hill

They do, however, indicate that Steele was told to stop gathering intelligence on behalf of the FBI in November 2016 — building on information already known as a result of the Justice Department’s recent release of surveillance warrant applications on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Did the FBI in 2016 tell Christopher Steele to stop compiling information on Trump and Russia?

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    Helpful link: thefederalist.com/2018/08/06/…, including a link to the original FBI documents. One thing that's unclear to me is how we know that the "confidential human source" (CHS) referenced in those documents is Steele. But Page 2 notes that "handling agent advised that CHS was not to operate to obtain any intelligence whatsoever on behalf of the FBI". – Nate Eldredge Aug 7 '18 at 3:15
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    Assuming the CHS is Steele, the document essentially states that he was "fired" as an informant because he had revealed to a journalist that he was working for the FBI. After that point the FBI no longer wanted anything to do with him. – Nate Eldredge Aug 7 '18 at 3:18

He was terminated as a source from the FBI for talking with the media, and the FBI was precluded from using him by internal protocols

Congressional investigators know that Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled the Trump dossier on behalf of the Clinton campaign, kept supplying allegations to the FBI after the 2016 election — and even after he was terminated as a source by the bureau for giving confidential information to the media.

Because he had broken his agreement with the FBI, bureau procedure did not allow agents to keep using Steele as a source.

The Hill reports

The FBI specifically instructed Steele that he could no longer “operate to obtain any intelligence whatsoever on behalf of the FBI,” those memos show.

The firing took place Nov 1, 2016.

That's pretty clear that the FBI "officially" barred him; however, Bruce Ohr Associate Deputy Attorney General with deep ties to the FBI and whose wife worked at Fusion GPS, the firm that hired Steele, operated a back channel to keep getting Steele's "information".

[The FBI continued to use Steele as a source] by devising a system in which Steele spoke regularly with Bruce Ohr, a top Obama Justice Department official whose wife worked for Fusion GPS, which hired Steele to search for dirt on Donald Trump in Russia. Ohr then passed on Steele's information to the FBI.

In a highly unusual arrangement, Ohr, who was the fourth-highest ranking official in the Justice Department, acted as an intermediary for a terminated source for the FBI's Trump-Russia probe. His task was to deliver to the FBI what Steele told him, which effectively meant the bureau kept Steele as a source

The source of much above appear to be the Nunes memo. From the Atlantic, citing this memo

Before and after Steele was terminated as a source, he maintained contact with DOJ via then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, a senior DOJ official who worked closely with Deputy Attorneys General Yates and later Rosenstein.

Shortly after the election, the FBI began interviewing Ohr, documenting his communications with Steele. For example, in September 2016, Steele admitted to Ohr his feelings against then-candidate Trump when Steele said he “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.” This clear evidence of Steele’s bias was recorded by Ohr at the time and subsequently in official FBI files—but not reflected in any of the Page FISA applications.

So while the FBI was precluded from interacting with Steele as a source officially, they were clandestinely in contact with him 12 additional times for information after his firing.

The 12 meetings were documented in what are called 302 reports, in which FBI agents are required to document meetings. The 302 reports came to light from Senate testimony and came public when the Chairman, Sen Grasserly, requested that they be declassified.

The dates of those official meetings are: The first was Nov. 22, 2016. After that, the FBI interviewed Ohr on Dec. 5; Dec. 12; Dec. 20; Jan. 23, 2017; Jan. 25; Jan. 27; Feb. 6; Feb. 14; May 8; May 12; and May 15. Remember that the firing took place Nov 1, 2016.

On 08/07/18, hundreds of new emails and memos have been disclosed. See the Hill link above. They back the Senate Judiciary findings that Ohr was encouraging Steele to keep operating.

Yet, Steele asked Ohr in the Jan. 31 text exchange if he could continue to help feed information to the FBI: “Just want to check you are OK, still in the situ and able to help locally as discussed, along with your Bureau colleagues.”

“I’m still here and able to help as discussed,” Ohr texted back. “I’ll let you know if that changes.”

Steele replied, “If you end up out though, I really need another (bureau?) contact point/number who is briefed. We can’t allow our guy to be forced to go back home. It would be disastrous.”

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    Not my downvotes, but I'm guessing it's because your only source is a mostly-unreferenced listicle from a very partisan tabloid whose owner is quoted by former employees as demanding an editorial stance with "nothing but conservative columns and conservative op-ed writers". Equivalent of an answer relying entirely on a "12 times X happened" listicle in the Huffington Post. Do you have any other sources? – user56reinstatemonica8 Aug 7 '18 at 8:40
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    Dates would also help understanding the chronology of the alleged facts. Also, the first sentence, "He was fired from the FBI (...)" make it sound as if Steele was a FBI agent - which he never has been AFAIK. – Evargalo Aug 7 '18 at 11:50
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    @user568458 - I'd guess that referencing the extremely discredited Nunes memo as a source would could also be a cause. – PoloHoleSet Aug 8 '18 at 14:32
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    Not even slightly. What's true is that, as much as conservatives like you like to play "squirrel!" with the subject of Steele, his work was not the foundation for the warrant application, his work and the circumstances of his work were not unknown, and they were not unknown when the judge repeatedly renewed it. He was never paid by the DNC, and if the work is valid and factual, that does not matter. If a drug dealer gives the FBI information on their supplier, the source and motivations are irrelevant if the information is useful. Not sure why this magical standard applies to this warrant. – PoloHoleSet Aug 8 '18 at 17:31
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    @KDog - he was paid by FusionGPS, who did not discus the source of the funding with him, and, actually, he was originally paid by GOP entities for the research, and, once Trump was the nominee, THEN the DNC paid FusionGPS to pick it back up again. If you want to show me where the FBI relied on claims of the "pee tape," we can pretend that's relevant to this discussion. You are flailing pretty wildly. The new FISA document release did not tell us anything we didn't already know. You also don't dispute that this absurd purity standard does not exist anywhere else in law enforcement. – PoloHoleSet Aug 8 '18 at 19:17

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