New York Times Is Nwo Saying That The Steele Dossier Is Probably False, And May Have Been A Russian Disinformation Effort)

The London offices of Orbis Business Intelligence. The firm’s co-owner is Christopher Steele, who wrote a series of memos in 2016 alleging ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.CreditCreditStefan Wermuth/Reuters

New York Times: Mueller Report Likely to Renew Scrutiny of Steele Dossier

WASHINGTON — The 35-page dossier, spiced up with tales of prostitutes and spies, sketched out a hair-raising story more than two years ago. Russian intelligence had used bribery and blackmail to try to turn Donald J. Trump into a source and ally, it said, and the Kremlin was running some Trump campaign aides practically as agents.

But the release on Thursday of the report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, underscored what had grown clearer for months — that while many Trump aides had welcomed contacts with the Russians, some of the most sensational claims in the dossier appeared to be false, and others were impossible to prove. Mr. Mueller’s report contained over a dozen passing references to the document’s claims but no overall assessment of why so much did not check out.

Now the dossier — financed by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee, and compiled by the former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele — is likely to face new, possibly harsh scrutiny from multiple inquiries.

Republicans in Congress have vowed to investigate. The Justice Department’s inspector general is considering whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation improperly relied on the dossier in applying to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for a warrant to eavesdrop on Carter Page, a Trump adviser. The inspector general wants to know what the F.B.I. learned about Mr. Steele’s sources and whether it disclosed any doubts about their veracity to the court.

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WNU Editor: Kudos to the New York Times for realizing that the Steele Dossier is bunk .... something that this blogger and many of its readers realized 2 years ago. As to why the media re-evaluation on the Steele Dossier now? The Inspector General's report on how the Department of Justice handled the FISA applications to conduct surveillance of the Trump campaign is coming out in the next month or two, and it looks like many in the media are now conducting a CYA campaign knowing what the IG's conclusions will be.

More News On The New York Times' "New Take" On The Steele Dossier

Post-Mueller report likely to target Russia dossier author Steele -- Politico
Steele dossier back in the spotlight after Mueller report dismisses claims made by a former British spy that Trump paid prostitutes to pee on him in a Moscow hotel and that his former attorney met with Russian officials in Prague during the 2016 campaign -- Daily Mail
NYT Finally Acknowledges That Steele Dossier Might Not Be That Factual -- Daily Wire
NY Times: Say, this Steele dossier appears to be false (and maybe was a Russian disinformation effort) -- Hot Air

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