Saturday, January 14, 2017

Did Trump make a deal with Russian government before the election?

Former MI6 agent Christopher Steele's frustration as FBI sat on Donald Trump Russia file for months

Steele was so concerned by revelations he worked without payment after Trump's election victory in November

Kim Sengupta, Defence Editor, The Independent

Christopher Steele, the former MI6 agent who investigated Donald Trump’s alleged Kremlin links, was so worried by what he was discovering that at the end he was working without pay, The Independent has learned.

Mr Steele also decided to pass on information to both British and American intelligence officials after concluding that such material should not just be in the hands of political opponents of Mr Trump, who had hired his services, but was a matter of national security for both countries.

However, say security sources, Mr Steele became increasingly frustrated that the FBI was failing to take action on the intelligence from others as well as him. He came to believe there was a cover-up, that a cabal within the Bureau blocked a thorough inquiry into Mr Trump, focusing instead on the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.


In the same month Mr Steele produced a memo, which went to the FBI, stating that Mr Trump’s campaign team had agreed to a Russian request to dilute attention on Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine. Four days later Mr Trump stated that he would recognise Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. A month later officials involved in his campaign asked the Republican party’s election platform to remove a pledge for military assistance to the Ukrainian government against separatist rebels in the east of the country.

(The article is here.)


Blogger Tom Koch said...

Perhaps this is what President Obama was referring to when he told the Russians (over a hot mic) that he would have more flexibility after the elections... The sudden fascination over Russia when there was precious little concern expressed after the 1980 foreign policies were mocked, after more flexibility was promised, after the 'great reset,' after Crimea and after Ukraine is perplexing to say the least.

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