Reuters: Trump Dossier Inquiry Now Part Of Mueller’s Russia Probe

FBI Director Robert Mueller listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 13, 2013, as the House Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing on the FBI. Mueller is nearing the end of his 12 ... FBI Director Robert Mueller listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 13, 2013, as the House Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing on the FBI. Mueller is nearing the end of his 12 years as head of the law enforcement agency that is conducting high-profile investigations of the Boston Marathon bombings, the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and leaks of classified government information. The committee's chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said when it comes to national security leaks, it's important to balance the need to protect secrecy with the need to let the news media do their job. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) MORE LESS
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The FBI investigation into a controversial dossier that lobbed a bevy of Russia-related accusations against President Trump and his associates has now fallen under the purview of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, Reuters reported Wednesday.

The report is based on three unnamed sources with knowledge of the inquiry, according to Reuters.

The dossier, which was put together by former MI6 officer Christopher Steele, was commissioned during the presidential campaign by private donors. The private research company that was hired to put it together has stayed mum on the donors’ identity. It’s been reported that the research was started by a GOP donor during the primary campaign and then Democratic donors took interest in it during the general election.

Its contents included many salacious claims of Russian-Trump collusion that were shopped around to media organizations last year, but reporters have said they struggled verifying the allegations. Buzzfeed posted a version of the dossier in its entirety after CNN reported in January that federal investigators were themselves trying to verify some of its claims as part of the FBI’s Russia probe. At least a few of the claims in the dossier line up with what is now known about Russia’s efforts to meddle in the 2016 election.

The special counsel’s investigation, which was launched after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, has now taken over that investigation, and per the Reuters report, the inquiries into the dossier specifically.

The dossier has also been of interest to the congressional Russia investigations. Senate Intel Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) said Wednesday that his committee had “hit a wall” in its efforts to verify the dossier because Steele will not talk to them. House Intel Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) has sought information from the Justice Department about its dossier-related work, despite ostensibly stepping down from that committee’s Russia probe.

Additionally, multiple lawsuits have been filed by figures mentioned in the dossier against Steele, the private research firm Fusion GPS and Buzzfeed for publishing it.

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  1. A three tweet revelation.

  2. Avatar for dcd dcd says:

    Given that this dossier has been all over the news, and much of it has checked out, why is it that Buzzfeed remains the only media outlet to have published it? Why not here, for example?

  3. This is a very big deal. Comey had mentioned in one of his Capitol Hill appearances that they did review the Steele dossier and also had their own independent sources to base their investigation into the Trump-Russia matter.

    As Rachel Maddow has noted many times, much of the Steele Dossier has been validated. IMHO there are up to 2 pieces of information that we need to totally blow this scandal wide open.

    1. Hard evidence to validate the Steele Dossier claims that some form of proceeds from the Rosneft Sale (19.5% sold in December 2016) were offered to Trump as a carrot (read: bribe) to sweeten the pot for Trump to go through with the conspiracy.

    2. Additional hard evidence linking the Trump campaign to coordination of the digital ad campaign with foreign individuals, entitles or government agencies (mainly Russian).

    From all accounts, Mueller is looking hard at both tracks.

  4. This feels like a leak across the bow. Excellent.

  5. Avatar for j.dave j.dave says:

    I bet Trump is pissed.

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