A newly declassified FBI document shows what steps the bureau took to try to verify the infamous Steele dossier, which accused the Trump campaign of conspiring with Russia.
The document, a 94-page spreadsheet, shows that investigators relied heavily on open source information, including from news articles, as evidence to support some of the allegations in the dossier, which former British spy Christopher Steele compiled on behalf of the DNC and Clinton campaign.
The spreadsheet, which was first published by CBS News reporter Catherine Herridge, also cites information from other government agencies regarding some of Steele’s claims.
Reports from the special counsel’s office and Justice Department inspector general ultimately debunked Steele’s most explosive allegation: that the Trump campaign was engaged in a “well-developed conspiracy of cooperation” with the Russian government.
Steele, a former MI6 officer, also alleged that the Russian government was blackmailing Donald Trump with video of him with prostitutes in Moscow in 2013. Trump has vehemently denied that allegation, and people who were with him on the trip central to the dossier have denied that the incident occurred. (RELATED: FBI Investigated Steele Dossier As A Possible Russian Spy)
The FBI relied heavily on Steele’s information