The former British spy behind the Clinton-financed ‘Trump Dossier’ returned to national headlines this week, claiming in a recent interview that the Kremlin blocked the President’s impending nomination of Mitt Romney as Secretary of State ahead of his 2017 inauguration.
In a high-stakes profile published in the New Yorker, Christopher Steele baselessly asserts that a “senior Russian official” told him Putin’s regime successfully persuaded then-President Elect Donald Trump to abandon his initial choice of Romney to head the State Department; adding “the Kremlin intervened” following Romney’s harsh anti-Kremlin rhetoric during the primary process.
“The official said that he was merely relaying talk circulating in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but what he’d heard was astonishing: people were saying that the Kremlin had intervened to block Trump’s initial choice for Secretary of State, Mitt Romney,” writes the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer.
“The memo said that the Kremlin, through unspecified channels, had asked Trump to appoint someone who would be prepared to lift Ukraine-related sanctions, and who would coöperate on security issues of interest to Russia, such as the conflict in Syria,” she adds.
Steele made international headlines throughout the 2016 presidential race after his document was published by online magazine Buzzfeed; compiling the thoroughly debunked ‘Trump Dossier’ on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the DNC.
The document is believed to have been used by the FBI and the DOJ to secure FISA warrants against senior Trump aides ahead of the US general election.