The Steele Dossier has fascinated the American public since it was first printed by Buzzfeed on January 10. Part of the allegations contained were rather salacious, concerning prostitutes, the Moscow Ritz-Carlton, and kompromat – compromising intelligence – the Russian government may have obtained on Trump that night.
While many of the allegations in the dossier have been confirmed true at this point, the document as a whole remains unverified. Because the Steele Dossier is of interest to several ongoing investigations, every detail matters. That’s why the House Intelligence Committee wants to question Trump’s longtime bodyguard, Keith Schiller, about that certain night in Moscow.
Keith Schiller is Donald Trump’s personal thug and was his head of security until recently, and according to many reports has spent more time with Trump than anyone outside of Trump’s closest family. He’s an ex-cop with a reputation for violence, and isn’t shy about it. He was caught on video assaulting a protester at Trump Tower in 2015, and physically ejected a journalist at a Trump event on the campaign, which you can watch below. He also was directed to hand-deliver a letter to James Comey when Trump fired him.
Here’s video of him assaulting a protester:
Now, Trump’s stooge is facing questions from Congress about that fateful night in Moscow, but it’s hard to see why he wouldn’t commit perjury for Trump. From The Washington Post:
‘The House Intelligence Committee has called former longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller to appear for an interview Tuesday as part of its probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Investigators plan to press Schiller about allegations in the 35-page dossier that Russian officials obtained compromising information about Trump’s personal behavior when he visited Moscow for the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, according to people familiar with the investigation.
‘The president has indicated that Schiller will say that the Moscow allegations are false. “Keith was there,” the president told the New York Times in July. “He said, ‘What kind of crap is this?’ I went there for one day for the Miss Universe contest, I turned around, I went back.”
‘Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer overseeing Russia matters, said Friday that “the White House is delighted that Mr. Schiller will have an opportunity to shed some light on these scandalous allegations, and we are sure that his testimony will be of great interest to all fair-minded people.”
‘Schiller, who began serving as Trump’s director of security at the Trump Organization in 2005, shadowed Trump on the road as he campaigned for the Republican nomination and the presidency. He has long been considered one of Trump’s most loyal aides, and when Trump won the presidential election in November, he asked Schiller to join him in the White House as director of Oval Office Operations.
‘After nine months, he left the White House in September, frustrated by a newly arrived Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and strict limits he set on access to the president, according to several White House aides.’
Tell me again why this guy wouldn’t lie for Trump?
Back in June, USA Today published an article that, in retrospect, makes it seem even more unlikely that Schiller would tell the truth when it comes to Trump:
Schiller is invariably described in profiles by friends and current and former colleagues as extremely loyal. Corey Lewandowski, one of Trump’s former campaign managers, told The Washington Post that Schiller is “the guy you want next to you in the foxhole when things go badly.”
That attribute, and Schiller’s constant presence by Trump’s side, has created a strong bond between them. Campaign aides told CNN they would try to win Schiller’s approval as a way to get in good with Trump. In the White House, Schiller is one of the few people Trump trusts not to leak, according to The Washington Post. The Associated Press described Schiller as part presidential body man, part gatekeeper and part protector and familiar companion in an unfamiliar place.
He’s clearly not a trustworthy witness.
Here’s some more information on Schiller via Inside Edition:
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