'They Knew It Was Dodgy': FBI Stiffed Payment Of Trump Dossier Creator

Casey Mills
March 1, 2017

The FBI agreed to buy a controversial dossier on Donald Trump written by a former British spy just weeks before the election but the deal fell through when word of the document leaked, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

The FBI knew of Steele, 53, because of his investigation into alleged corruption by FIFA, the world soccer association.

At the time of the October agreement, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials probing Russian activities, including possible contacts between Trump associates and Russian entities, were aware of the information that Steele had been gathering while working for a Washington research firm hired by supporters of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, according to the people familiar with the agreement.

The FBI declined to comment on the report, the Post said. He also has spent almost two decades probing Russian Federation for British intelligence agencies.

"Russian regime has been cultivating, supporting and assisting TRUMP for at least 5 years", Steele wrote in June 2016, the Post reported.

Trump has repeatedly denied the allegations contained in Steele's report.

The dossier had been circulating throughout Washington for several months.

According to the Post, Steele was hired to work for a Washington research firm, Fusion GPS, that was providing information to a Democratic client who opposed Trump's nomination to the White House. In addition to collusion with Russian officials in Moscow's influence campaign, the document said Russia had blackmail material on Trump stemming from alleged sexual improprieties in a Moscow hotel.

Prior to the dossier's publication, Steele alleged that Trump and Russian Federation were cooperating.

Trump has said the allegations are entirely false, dismissing the dossier's contents as "fake news".

But Schindler, a former intelligence analyst at the NSA, said it was much more likely that the Federal Bureau of Investigation didn't pay because the agency was skeptical of the dossier.

Foreign policy experts from both political parties have questioned why Trump has maintained an unusually favorable stance toward Russian President Vladimir Putin, an avowed US adversary.

But Steele backed out of the deal before it was consummated, the source said.

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