Mueller Investigators Reportedly Met with Author of the Trump Dossier

CNN is reporting tonight that Robert Mueller‘s investigators met recently with Christopher Steele, the man behind that infamous Trump dossier.

Per the report from Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and Pamela Brown, the former MI-6 officer met with the investigators this summer:

Information from Christopher Steele, a former MI-6 officer, could help investigators determine whether contacts between people associated with the Trump campaign and suspected Russian operatives broke any laws.

CNN has learned that the FBI and the US intelligence community last year took the Steele dossier more seriously than the agencies have publicly acknowledged. James Clapper, then the director of national intelligence, said in a January 2017 statement that the intelligence community had “not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable.”

Just yesterday, Senate Intel Chairman Richard Burr said they haven’t been able to meet with Steele yet and that the committee’s “hit a wall.”

Burr also said, “The committee cannot really decide the credibility of the dossier without understanding things like ‘who paid for it?’, ‘who are your sources?'”

CNN’s report tonight says that intel agencies “took Steele’s research seriously enough that they kept it out of a publicly-released January report on Russian meddling in the election in order to not divulge which parts of the dossier they had corroborated and how.”

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