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Mueller’s Team Met With Christopher Steele About Dossier
Investigators working with Special Counsel Robert Mueller met with Christopher Steele, the former MI-6 agent who reportedly authored a salacious dossier about President Donald Trump’s connections to the Kremlin, CNN reports.
Until now, federal law enforcement agents haven’t given the dossier much credence. But Mueller’s reported meeting with Steele changes all that, adding new interest to the document. If elements of the dossier are confirmed, it would add credence to the assertion that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
Earlier this week, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), who chairs the Senate intelligence committee, spoke about Steele and his committee’s repeated overtures toward Steele to testify… overtures that have since gone unanswered.
“The committee cannot really decide the credibility of the dossier without understanding things like, who paid for it? Who are your sources and sub-sources?” said Burr. “We’re investigating a very expansive Russian network of interference in US elections. And though we have been incredibly enlightened at our ability to rebuild backwards, the Steele dossier, up to a certain date, getting past that point has been somewhat impossible.”
Neither Steele nor Mueller have commented on CNN’s reporting.
Interestingly enough, it was Republicans who originally contracted Steele to conduct opposition research against Trump during the primary campaign. When Trump won the nomination, however, it was the Democratic Party who paid Steele to continue compiling information.
BuzzFeed originally published the dossier in full, which garnered sensational headlines due to some of the more lewd accusations made about Trump’s behavior while visiting Moscow.
The sensational parts aside, the Steele dossier also makes bold accusations about Trump’s camp potentially cooperating with Kremlin-backed efforts to undermine the election. If Mueller and his team find that those parts of the document are accurate, some people could be in very, very big trouble.