The FBI could not verify a Christopher Steele dossier item that fed off an explosive New York Times report on Ukraine and hidden cash during the 2016 election, a newly declassified bureau document shows.
Mr. Steele wrote that ex-Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych directly told Russian President Vladimir Putin he authorized kick-backs to Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.
Days before Mr. Steele wrote that item for the Hillary Clinton campaign, the Times reported there was a “black ledger” showing the payments.
“Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Donald Trump’s Campaign Chief,” blared the Aug. 14, 2016 headline. Five days later, Manafort resigned.
The FBI’s inability to confirm Mr. Steele’s Putin angle is contained in a FBI spread sheet created to keep a running score of the ex-British spy’s various claims against President Trump and how they panned out.
In one column on each page, the document lists the various allegations from Mr. Steele, the Democratic Party-financed investigator who