Christopher Steele

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Russiagate and Fusion GPS

  • Donald Trump dossier: intelligence sources vouch for author's credibility -The Guardian, January 12, 2017
    Over a career that spanned more than 20 years, Steele performed a series of roles, but always appeared to be drawn back to Russia; he was, sources say, head of MI6’s Russia desk. When the agency was plunged into panic over the poisoning of its agent Alexander Litvinenko in 2006, the then chief, Sir John Scarlett, needed a trusted senior officer to plot a way through the minefield ahead – so he turned to Steele. It was Steele, sources say, who correctly and quickly realised that Litvinenko’s death was a Russian state “hit”.
  • Inside the battle between an anti-Putin banker and the firm that produced the Trump-Russia dossier -Business Insider, July 27, 2017
    Steele, who served for decades on the MI6 Moscow desk, was hired by Fusion in October 2015 to investigate whether the Trump campaign had ties to Russia. Fusion itself had been hired by unnamed anti-Trump Republicans who dropped their funding for the project when Trump won the GOP nomination. Democrats believed to have links to the Clinton campaign later started to foot the bill.
    The wealthy investor (Bill Browder), who renounced his US citizenship in 1998, has since characterized Fusion's work for BakerHostetler as a "smear campaign" against him and Magnitsky carried out "in advance of congressional hearings on the Global Magnitsky Act." Fusion has denied that its opposition research against Browder on behalf of BakerHostetler was an effort to undermine the Magnitsky Act, and has insisted that Veselnitskaya's lobbying activities against Magnitsky were separate from the Prevezon proceedings.
  • Oleg Deripaska in his Daily Caller op-ed piece talks about Fusion GPS in particular.
  • Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier - Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, March 12, 2018 (archive)
  • (Russian oligarchs) "Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven, and German Khan v. Orbis Business Intelligence Limited and Christopher Steele" , Superior Court, District of Columbia, USA (December 12, 2017)(April 16, 2018). The case was dismissed, on the First Amendment grounds, in August, 2018, and appealed in December, 2018 (below).
  • Unpacking the Other Clinton-Linked Russia Dossier - Lee Smith, RealClearInvestigations, April 26, 2018
  • Anti-Trump dossier author was hired to help Hillary challenge 2016 election results Rowan Scarborough Washington Times December 12, 2018
In an answer to interrogatories, Mr. Steele wrote: “Fusion’s immediate client was law firm Perkins Coie. It engaged Fusion to obtain information necessary for Perkins Coie LLP to provide legal advice on the potential impact of Russian involvement on the legal validity of the outcome of the 2016 US Presidential election...“Based on that advice, parties such as the Democratic National Committee and HFACC Inc. (also known as ‘Hillary for America’) could consider steps they would be legally entitled to take to challenge the validity of the outcome of that election.” Court filing with Steele's declaration here
  • FBI releases part of Russia dossier summary used to brief Trump, Obama, Politico , December 14, 2018
    The source collected this information on behalf of private clients and was not compensated for it by the FBI

Christopher Steele exposes FIFA

Connections to Trump family