Christopher Steele, the former MI6 officer and author of a controversial dossier on candidate Donald Trump, is a critical to the ongoing Trump-Russia investigations focusing on earlier actions of members of the Trump campaign as well as current members of the White House.
Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of Fusion GPS, the political research firm behind the dossier, insisted he stood by the dossier’s allegations, and Senate committee members say they are treating the information extremely seriously, reports Kim Sengupta.
“Simpson, who hired Steele to compile the report, gave ten hours of testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, behind closed doors” says Sengupta.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading a separate investigation into collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign, has also reportedly taken evidence from “a number of figures named in the dossier, including one, The Independent has learned, who has been providing important information.”
Those with knowledge of the Steele report say that one of the “sources” may be Felix Sater, a Russian whose family emigrated to New York when he was six and a former business associate of Trump’s who accompanied him on trips to Russia. Sater was also a childhood friend of Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer.