The British spy behind the now-debunked ‘Trump Dossier’ may soon be forced to testify under oath in American courts; speaking publicly about his role in creating the sketchy document that claimed the Trump campaign worked with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential race.
According to ABC News, a United States district court judge is allowing lawyers for a Russian agency mentioned in the document to question Christopher Steele, the MI6 operative behind the dossier.
If granted permission by the British courts, this would be the first-time Steele was questioned over his role in the creation of the 35-page document, much of which acted as the foundation for the initial accusations that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government to defeat Hillary Clinton.
“There’s certainly plenty of evidence that Russia worked to interfere with our democratic process […] but allegations that the Trump campaign was involved stem largely from the contents of a salacious and unverified anti-Trump dossier, whose creation was overseen by Fusion GPS for political purposes,” said an aide with the Republican Judiciary Committee.
“Reports that the FBI then used the dossier as a roadmap for its investigation, attempted to hire the former British spy who was compiling it, and may have relied on it to obtain special surveillance authority raises significant oversight and civil liberties concerns that warrant scrutiny,” the aide added.
The infamous dossier was initially published by Buzzfeed, and included unverified and “salacious” details regarding President Trump’s visits to Moscow and his relationship with Kremlin officials.
The President immediately slammed the document and flat-out denied any of its claims, saying “I think it was disgraceful, disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake out.”