The former British spy who authored a controversial dossier on behalf of Donald Trump’s political opponents alleging ties between Trump and Russia reached an agreement with the FBI a few weeks before the election for the bureau to pay him to continue his work, according to several people familiar with the arrangement.
The agreement to compensate former MI6 agent Christopher Steele came as U.S. intelligence agencies reached a consensus that the Russians had interfered in the presidential election by orchestrating hacks of Democratic Party email accounts.
While Trump has derided the dossier as “fake news” compiled by his political opponents, the FBI’s arrangement with Steele shows that the bureau considered him credible and found his information, while unproved, to be worthy of further investigation.
Ultimately, the FBI did not pay Steele. Communications between the bureau and the former spy were interrupted as Steele’s now-famous dossier became the subject of news stories, congressional inquiries and presidential denials, according to the people familiar with the arrangement, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.
I think that most of us already gave that dossier quite a bit of credibility, especially after portions of it were confirmed by US investigators.
And this just further proves the point, as does much of what we have learned since, that there are some deeply troubling connections between Donald Trump and the Russians, that make him ultimately unfit for the office he is currently holding.
Part of me wonders whatever happened to that MI-6 agent, and if he has not been working with European and American intelligence ever since he fell off the radar?
And somehow I think that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin wonder the same thing.