Former British spy and author of the infamous dossier, Christopher Steele, now admits that he is not convinced that the most salacious information in his document is accurate. Steele’s partner at their private firm is even less certain and the founder of the firm that commissioned the dossier, Fusion GPS, has doubts too.
This information comes from a report in “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump.” It is a new book written by long-time investigative reporters Michael Isikoff and David Corn.
“Steele’s claim in the sensational sex claim would fade over time,” reads the book, which hit shelves Tuesday.
“As for the likelihood of the claim that prostitutes had urinated in Trump’s presence, Steele would say to colleagues, ‘It’s fifty-fifty,’” it continues.
In Steele’s first memo for the dossier which was dated June 20, 2016, he reported that a source inside Russia had received information that Trump took part in a sexual encounter while visiting Russia for the Miss Universe pageant. Steele’s source told him that the Russian government was using the video to blackmail Trump.
This allegation is the most prominent one made in what has been called the “dirty dossier,” which was financed in part by both the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Steele’s partner, Christopher Burrows, quickly questioned Steele’s findings, according to the new book.
“What the f*ck!” Burrows said to Steele during what the authors describe as a heated exchange.
“Burrows feared Steele was sensationalizing his material,” the book reads, which reports that Burrows “later privately described the report as akin to preliminary intelligence reporting — information not analyzed, vetted, or ready for distribution.”
“This was not gospel. It was raw product,” Burrows said.
The founder of Fusion GPS that hired Steele, Glenn Simpson, also questioned the authenticity of Steele’s report. The book indicates that Steele told Simpson the identity of the primary source for the allegations was a Belarus-American businessman named Sergei Millian. He claims to have partnered with Trump’s real estate firm in the past.
Isikoff and Corn wrote in their book: “The memo had described Millian as a Trump intimate, but there was no public evidence he was close to the mogul at that time or was in Moscow during the Miss Universe event. Had Millian made something up or repeated rumors he had heard from others to impress Steele’s collector? Simpson had his doubts. He considered Millian a big talker.”
The two veteran reporters are two of only a handful of reporters who met with Steele prior to the 2016 election, and they are the only ones to have written articles based on information they were provided during those interviews.
It is Isikoff’s article, published in September of 2016, which was used in Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants granted against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Steele’s dossier alleges that Page colluded with the Russian government, an allegation he denies. Page is suing Isikoff’s news outlet, “Yahoo! News.”
Corn wrote and published an article reporting that a former Western spy was investigating Trump’s activities in Russia. The article quoted Steele but did not identify him. The article was published on October 31, 2016 and it led to Steele being let go as an FBI informant.
Trump denied Steele’s story of a sexual tryst in Moscow that involved “golden showers,” saying the allegation was “disgusting.” An associate with Trump at that time in Moscow has also denied that it occurred.
Keith Schiller, who was Trump’s bodyguard at the White House and during his trip to Moscow, told the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that a Russian associate of Trump’s offered to send five prostitutes to Trump’s hotel room. But Schiller said that he rejected the offer. Schiller stood outside of Trump’s room for a while after Trump turned in for bed and nobody went into the room.
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