What is a Dossier on Trump, and Why it Matters

A “dossier” is simply a file or a “a collection of documents about a particular person, event, or subject.”  It is being reported that a British spy collected or created a group of documents and/or memos on Russian financial and personal links to President Donald Trump’s campaign and associates.

The “dossier” or report was compiled by former MI6 officer Christopher Steele.  He identified Russian businessmen and others whom U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded are Russian intelligence officers or working on behalf of the Russian government.

The implications of a dossier on Russian contacts are huge!  The mere fact that there was enough information to collect and put in a file is a dramatic revelation.  More importantly, Robert Mueller thinks it is significant too.

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Three sources with knowledge of Mueller’s probe said his investigators have assumed control of multiple inquiries into allegations by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the election to benefit Trump, a Republican.

 Two officials familiar with the investigations said that both Mueller’s team and the Senate Intelligence Committee are seeking any evidence that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort or others who had financial dealings with Russia might have helped Kremlin intelligence agencies target email hacking and social media postings undermining Hillary Clinton.

The issue of whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia is a question that hasn’t been answered publicly.  Richard Burr, the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that the Senate panel had made several attempts to contact Steele, but Steel refused the contacts.  Burr was unwilling to rely on the dossier without knowing who paid for it, and who were the sources of the information contained in it.

Although several news organizations, including Reuters, were briefed on Steele’s dossier before the election in November, most decided not to report on the material because its inflammatory and sometimes salacious content could not be verified.

In a report published in January four U.S. intelligence agencies said they took the dossier’s allegations seriously.

Separately, three Russian businessmen, Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven and German Khan have sued Washington investigations firm Fusion GPS and its founder, Glenn Simpson, with allegations that they were libeled in Steele’s dossier.  The lawsuit said that Steele’s reports were “gravely damaging” to the businessmen because they accused them “of criminal conduct and alleged cooperation with the ‘Kremlin’ to influence the 2016 presidential election.”

The chairman and the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr and Mark Warner, told reporters on Wednesday that the committee had concluded, for now, that it trusts the intelligence community’s assessment, published in January, outlining why and how Russia interfered in the 2016 US election.


Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators met this past summer with the former British spy who created the dossier.  It is not clear what Mueller learned from the spy, but it seems likely Mueller found some credible evidence or he probably would have concluded his investigation by now.  Remember Mueller was appointed as special counsel May 17th.    That means for almost 5 months Mueller has spent every day investigating Trump’s Russian ties.  That period of time alone would indicate that there are significant contacts, or what would be the subject of the investigation?

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.”
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The intelligence agencies, particularly the CIA, and the FBI 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.
This contrasts with attempts by President Donald Trump and some lawmakers to discredit Steele and the memos he produced.
Ever since the dossier came to light in January, Trump and his allies have repeatedly insisted that it is a complete work of fiction. He told The New York Times this summer that the dossier “was totally made-up stuff.” In a series of tweets earlier this year, Trump said the memos were written by a “failed spy” who had relied on “totally made-up facts by sleazebag political operatives.”  All of this sounds suspiciously like Trump’s characterization of unfavorable press as “fake news”.
The most salacious allegations in the dossier haven’t been verified, to our knowledge.  However, its broad assertion that Russia waged a campaign to interfere in the election is now accepted as fact by the US intelligence community, and has been communicated to the general public. CNN also reported earlier this year that US investigators have corroborated some aspects of the dossier, specifically that some of the communications among foreign nationals mentioned in the memos did actually take place.  Thus we are aware of only corroboration of the information in the dossier, and we have been provided with nothing to indicate that anything in the dossier is incorrect.
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3 thoughts on “What is a Dossier on Trump, and Why it Matters

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  1. Rachel Maddow pointed out something important on her show a couple of days ago. Several items in the dossier have turned out to be accurate.

    For example, the dossier claims Trump was pursuing a Trump Tower in Moscow. Sure enough, we learned a couple of weeks ago he was doing exactly that during the campaign.

    I don’t recall the other points but she listed several claims from the dossier that later turned out to be accurate.

    I’m waiting for the pee tapes to be leaked (no pun intended)!!!!


    1. Old Redneck,
      From what I’ve learned, it seems that everything that has been investigated has re-affirmed what they guy reported in the dossier. I think we’d have heard if anyone had found that there was anything that had been shown to be inaccurate in the file.


  2. Here is the best example of the MI-6 dossier. In the photo, Trump is the swimmer, the dossier is the fish.

    Trump keeps throwing distractive chum via Twitter, thinking the shark will go away.


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