Former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele furnished a second ‘dossier’ with intel on Donald Trump to the U.S. government even after publication of his infamous dossier memos and after Trump assumed office, according to a new report.
He continued to produce what the Daily Telegraph refers to as a ‘second dossier,’ which included ‘information concerning alleged sexual exploits.’
The memos that made up Steele’s original dossier contained allegations about Trump Russia ties as well as unverified information about his alleged conduct in in a Moscow hotel room during the Miss Universe Pageant in 2013.
Trump has repeatedly railed against the dossier, as well as former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, which he calls a ‘hoax.’
Former UK intelligence officer Christopher Steele arrives at the High Court in London on July 24, 2020. Steele continued to provide information to the government after the leak of his infamous dossier in January 2017, according to a report
Steele compiled the 35-page dossier between June and December, 2016. Buzzfeed published it in January of 2017, before Trump took office, and former FBI director James Comey briefed Trump on its existence at Trump Tower during the transition.
According to the Telegraph, Steele filed ‘a series’ of intelligence reports to the FBI during the Trump presidency – evan after the explosive disclosure of the existence of his initial reports.
He provided the ‘raw intelligence’ to U.S. federal authorities through his company, Orbis business Intelligence.
The unverified raw intelligence includes additional claims of Russian election interference and reportedly references claims about sex tapes, and is based on ‘separate sources.’
According to declassified information released by former Attorney General Bill Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham in September 2020, Steele’s primary sub-source for the dossier ‘was the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation from 2009 to 2011 that assessed his/her documented contacts with suspected Russian intelligence officers.’
According to his own memo of the incident, Comey told Trump about the dossier’s ‘unverified allegation that the Russians had compromising tapes of the president involving conduct when he was a private citizen during a 2013 trip to Moscow for the Miss Universe Pageant.’
Comey wrote that Trump said he was considering having the FBI investigate Steele’s allegations to prove they were false.
Steele’s original dossier was the subject of multiple investigations
The original dossier memos referenced Trump’s alleged conduct during the Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow in 2013
The incident featured in the Mueller report, as well as Trump’s first impeachment and explosive congressional hearings, as Comey says Trump asked him for ‘loyalty.’
Last August, the Senate Intelligence Committee produced the final volume of its own multi-year investigation into the Russia’s ‘active measures’ campaign and the Russia probe itself.
The Senate report references the Steele dossier, naming ‘the 17 reports that comprise the 35-page publicly available Steele dossier’ in a section on former Trump advisor Cart Page. The passage leaves open the possibility of additional reports that are not publicly available.
The Senate Intelligence Committee tracked down information on witnesses who said businessman David Geovanis ‘alleged that he had information about Trump’s relations with women in Moscow’
The report contains images from a cocktail party for Trump on one of his Russia trips
Investigators spoke to various men who had contact with Geovanis abou the events in question
The report references a cocktail party for Trump on his 1996 trip to Moscow
The Senate investigators found the FBI ‘gave Steele’s allegations unjustified credence, based on an incomplete understanding of Steele’s past reporting record.’ It faults the FBI for using the Dossier in a FISA application – referencing surveillance on Page.
It also said the FBI ‘did not effectively adjust its approach to Steele’s reporting once one of Steele’s subsources provided information that raised serious concerns’ about information in the Dossier.
Even while chastising Steele for his reporting methods, the bipartisan committee ran down its own Russia leads about Trump’s personal conduct, and revealed explosive allegations that once again raised the possibility of Trump tapes.
The report ran down streams of information about David Geovanis, who witnesses told the panel ‘alleged that he had information about Trump’s relationships with women in Moscow.’
Geonvanis is a Russian-American businessman the committee identifies as having ties to Kremlin-linked oligarchs.
The report describes a 1996 cocktail party that Geovanis helped organize with Trump at the Baltschug Kempinski Hotel in Moscow where ‘Trump may have begun a brief relationship with a Russian woman named [redacted].’
A ‘historical report’ from 1998 quoted by the committee has Trump regaling the unidentified Russian woman during a speech. ‘Donald Trump warmly welcomed the guests, among whom was the charming [redacted] , “Miss Moscow [redacted]. Trump recalled that two years ago, during his stay in Moscow, [redacted] was for him the most beautiful hostess of the capital, whose charms were not overshadowed even by Claudia Schiffer and Tina Turner, who lived in the same hotel. He recalled with pleasure the excellent company with which he spent time in Moscow.’
The report states that a ‘former executive at Marriott International, of which Ritz Carlton is a part, said that shortly after the 2013 Miss Universe contest he overheard two other Marriott executives at a small corporate gathering discussing a recording from one of the elevator security cameras at the Ritz Carlton Moscow.’
‘One of the Marriot executives who was involved in the conversation – previously a manager of the Ritz Carlton Moscow – had clearly seen the video, which allegedly showed Trump in an elevator involved with several women who the discussant implied to be “hostesses,”‘ it continues.
‘The executive who had seen the video had asked the other, more senior, executive what to do with the recording. The former executive said the two discussants then left to continue the conversation in a more private location, and he did not hear anything further,’ says the report.
However, ‘neither executive who allegedly had the conversation recalled it, nor did they recall seeing the recording. The Committee was not able to resolve these discrepancies,’ the committee’s report says.
The panel sought to run down the information because of Russia’s longstanding practice of trying to obtain ‘kompromat’ on prominent individuals.
‘The Committee sought, in a limited way, to understand the Russian government’s alleged collection of such information, not only because of the threat of a potential foreign influence operation, but also to explore the possibility of a misinformation operation targeting the integrity of the U.S. political process,’ the report said.