by Chuck Ross, The Daily Caller:
- Newly declassified FBI notes show that Christopher Steele disclosed details about a Clinton operative’s dossier on Donald Trump.
- Steele told the FBI that Cody Shearer sought to purchase a purported sex tape of Trump with Russian prostitutes from an ethnic Russian businessman who claimed to have ties to Russia’s intelligence service.
- Steele said he was doubtful of the Shearer dossier because of the reputation of the source, who he identified as Ruslan Mansimov.
- Steele’s own dossier has been undercut by several congressional and federal investigations.
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Christopher Steele provided the FBI with details about a longtime Clinton associate’s efforts to track down a purported sex tape of Donald Trump in Russia, according to newly declassified FBI documents.
Steele, a former British spy, told FBI agents in September 2017 that Cody Shearer, the Clinton crony, met in Istanbul and New York with a source who claimed to have ties to Russian intelligence. Shearer and his source were “actively discussing” a deal for the purported tape of Trump, according to Steele.
Shearer, a former journalist who has long been connected to the Clintons, compiled a dossier that contained allegations about Trump that are similar to those in a dossier that Steele himself wrote on behalf of the Clinton campaign and DNC.
Both dossiers contained the uncorroborated allegation that Russian intelligence operatives filmed Trump with Russian prostitutes in a Moscow hotel in 2013.
While details of Steele’s work have spilled into public view over the past several years, far less was known about Shearer’s dossier.
And while it has also been revealed that Steele was paid $170,000 by a law firm for Democrats to investigate Trump, it is unclear whether Shearer was paid for his work. (RELATED: Clinton Fixer’s ‘Second Dossier’ Was Met With Skepticism)
Steele, a former MI6 officer, obtained Shearer’s dossier from Jonathan Winer, a longtime adviser to John Kerry who was an official at the State Department until the end of the Obama administration. Sidney Blumenthal, another longtime Clinton insider, had given the document to Winer.
Steele in turn provided Shearer’s dossier to the FBI on Oct. 19, 2016. At the time, Steele was providing the FBI with information about Trump as part of the bureau’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.