Robert Mueller’s investigation into Donald Trump’s troubling ties to Russia grew more serious on Thursday, as Mueller’s team has reportedly met with the author of a damning
According to CNN, the meeting between Mueller’s team and the ex-British spy who authored the dossier took place this summer.
More from the report:
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators met this past summer with the former British spy whose dossier on alleged Russian efforts to aid the Trump campaign spawned months of investigations that have hobbled the Trump administration, according to two people familiar with the matter.
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.”
While Trump and his apologists have repeatedly dismissed the contents of the dossier as “fake news,” CNN notes that the intelligence community took the dossier “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.”
In other words, it is likely that there are at least some parts of the troubling dossier that have been verified by investigators – even public reporting has confirmed some of it – and that should have the White House quivering in its boots.
No matter how many unhinged tweets the president posts or how many hurricane photo-ops he takes, Robert Mueller’s investigation continues to circle around Donald Trump.