Controversies surrounding the infamous Steele Dossier are still continuing, nearly two years after its existence was first disclosed. The bombshell document was published by BuzzFeed News in January of 2017
The sensational allegations about President Donald Trump’s sexual activities, along with details of his financial crimes, immediately made headlines. The dossier has been endlessly discussed and debated, and has even led some Republicans in Congress to want to investigate Hillary Clinton for her role in commissioning the research that led to the document being compiled.
In fact, the Steele Dossier is still the subject of rage from Republicans who believe it is a partisan political document.
But Washington Post writer Dana Milbank has a new column which identifies some very important facts from the dossier that have now been corroborated by special counsel Robert Mueller.
“White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the latest filings ‘tell us nothing of value that wasn’t already known,’” Milbank wrote. “That’s true in the sense that recent findings essentially corroborate much of the 2016 ‘dossier’ by former spy Christopher Steele.”
Milbank goes on to disclose that Mueller’s findings support the dossier’s allegation concerning Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen. Both Mueller and the dossier say that Cohen had “an ongoing secret liaison relationship with the Kremlin.”
This relationship included attempting to secure Russian government approval to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. And there is proof now that Cohen’s (and Trump’s) negotiations with the Russian government on this very lucrative business deal extended into the middle of 2016. And we also know, thanks to Cohen’s guilty plea, that he lied about it.
But according to Milbank there is much more than that.
“The new revelations about Cohen also show that the dossier correctly identified Putin lieutenants Dmitry Peskov and Sergei Ivanov as the ones managing the Trump campaign for the Russian government,” he writes.
Peskov, who is now the Press Secretary for Russian President Vladimir Putin, has only recently admitted to his deep ties to Cohen.
The Steele Dossier disclosed that in August of 2016 Peskov was extremely worried and frightened about the chance that the hacking of the DNC would be exposed and blamed on him. Ivanov at the time was a rival to Peskov, and both men were former KGB agents. Ivanov was fired in August of 2016.
As Milbank writes, five former Trump aides have now pleaded guilty in Mueller’s Russia probe, and many now see it as “perfectly plausible that Trump himself, as former aide Sam Nunberg put it, ‘may very well have done something during the election with the Russians.’”
What this means is that we now have proof — from Michael Cohen himself — that key parts of the Steele Dossier are true. So it is likely that the other allegations in the dossier are also true. And thus Michael Cohen has not only implicated President Trump in crimes, he has also completely blown out of the water all Republican denials concerning the importance and the validity of the Steele Dossier.
What Bob Mueller has disclosed so far is just the tip of the iceberg of evidence that he has in his files. Much more information will be released by him in the weeks and months ahead. When more information is revealed, there is no doubt we will find that most of the Steele Dossier allegations were true — and that Donald Trump is guilty of committing numerous very serious crimes.