Robert Mueller Just Met With The Author Of The Infamous Trump Dossier (DETAILS)

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Try as they might, the government has been unable to stem the flow of leaks of potentially sensitive information to the press.

According to a new report, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump team for possible collusion with Russian interference in the 2016 election, among other crimes, is making progress.

Earlier this year, the explosive allegations contained in a dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele became public. These allegations included everything from an assertion that key members of the Trump team took repeated secret meetings to coordinate collusion efforts to assertions that the president patronized Russian prostitutes.

The relevance of that last claim is that the implication is that the Russian government has evidence of the alleged twisted “golden showers” activities, thus, in theory, Putin could hang a threat of releasing this evidence over the president’s head in an effort to pressure him into doing something.

Special Counsel Mueller’s team has now reportedly met with the author of that dossier, the aforementioned former British spy, Christopher Steele. The meeting apparently took place over the summer, and with the revelation of this meeting comes the additional revelation that, as CNN puts it, “the FBI and the US intelligence community last year took the Steele dossier more seriously than the agencies have publicly acknowledged.”

The reasoning behind the intelligence chiefs’ decision to not include more information about the Steele dossier in a January report about the ongoing effort to get to the bottom of Russian election meddling was based on a number of factors.

Although then-FBI Director James Comey reportedly wanted the information included so that the intelligence community would be speaking “with one voice,” other officials feared that letting any information out about their efforts to get to the bottom of the allegations would be too much. Similar to the reason that Trump freely telling the Russians about intelligence on ISIS we had gathered was wrong, the fear was that sources and investigative methods would end up being compromised.

The allegations contained in the dossier have been being looked into for quite some time; they first came together as political opposition research funded by Republican primary opponents of Donald Trump. As CNN notes, the broad assertion that Russia waged a secret war of influence in the United States has since been proven, as have various communications between foreign nationals alleged in Steele’s dossier on Trump.

The president has — unsurprisingly — passionately and completely denied the allegations, but it’s not as though he has a good record with this sort of thing. He denied having any connections to Russia at all for months on end, but a slow but steady stream of revelations have proven that wrong. Perhaps most infamously, his son, Donald Trump Jr. — along with an array of other top campaign officials — met with a Kremlin connected lawyer in 2016 for the express purpose of obtaining damaging information on Hillary Clinton from the Russian government.

Although Steele met with Mueller’s team, he has rebuffed attempts by the Senate Intelligence Committee to meet with him, according to Senator Richard Burr.

Both the special counsel’s office and a representative for Steele declined to comment.

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