CNN has just reported that Robert Mueller’s investigative team met this summer with Christopher Steele, the former MI-6 officer who compiled the infamous “dossier.” That itself is not terribly surprising. What’s more striking is the report that the FBI and US intelligence community took the Steele dossier much more seriously than has been publicly reported. “The intelligence agencies, particularly the CIA, and the FBI took Steele’s research seriously enough that they kept it out of a publicly-released January report on Russian meddling in the election in order to not divulge which parts of the dossier they had corroborated and how.”
Recently I spoke to a lawyer familiar with the outlines of Mueller’s probe. This person told me that the dossier was the road map that Mueller was using in his investigation. My sense was that this was more than just ‘they’re taking it seriously’ or following leads. More like it was their theory of the case, as it were.
I would be looking ahead to see the extent to which the FBI and Intelligence Community has been deliberately misleading about what it is has learned about the dossier and what it’s been able to confirm about it. After all, even if there is not explicit collusion, everything that in the dossier is inherently damaging to the President and the legitimacy of his election. I don’t mean that they would be protecting him but rather, perhaps, protecting their investigation from him.