The infamous dossier created by “master spy” Christopher Steele is what allegedly started the investigation into president Donald Trump’s relations with Russia and their alleged “election meddling.” However, the creator of the “Steele dossier” admitted that he used an unverified internet post as a source while compiling the dubious document.
Trust in Robert Mueller and his investigation into Trump has severely eroded. According to a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll, of Americans agree with President Donald Trump’s contention that he has been the victim of a “witch hunt” which all began with the shoddy Steele dossier.
Steele, the ex-British spy who fueled Russiagate hysteria with his Democratic National Committee-commissioned opposition “research” on Donald Trump, admitted during a lawsuit deposition that he relied on unverified information contained in a report published by CNN iReport, which is a now-defunct “user-generated” news site. Stories featured on iReport were submitted by citizen journalists and were not edited, fact-checked, or screened before being published.
According to RT, Steele acknowledged under questioning that he used an “assertation” or an opinion to come up with his dossier. “Do you understand that CNN iReports are or were nothing more than any random individuals’ assertions on the Internet?” Steele replied: “No, I, obviously, presume that if it is on a CNN site that it has some kind of CNN status. Albeit that it may be an independent person posting on the site.”
And of course, Trump took to mocking the spy on Twitter over his salacious dossier and admission.
Steele essentially used posts by random individuals to put together the document that spurred what now half of Americans believe to be a witch hunt. As skepticism grows over the details in the dossier, and more turn from Mueller in the investigation, Trump comes out looking like the victim.
In December, Michael Isikoff, one of the first journalists to report on the document, conceded that Steele’s central claims were “likely false,” RT reported further. Coincidentally, Isikoff’s explosive report on alleged Trump-Russia links was cited extensively by the FBI to secure a warrant to spy on Trump adviser Carter Page.