An FBI spreadsheet released on Monday provides insight into the bureau’s efforts to verify allegations in the Steele dossier. FBI analysts cited a tweet from the sister of a DNC operative for its analysis of the dossier’s most salacious claim: that the Kremlin had recorded Donald Trump with prostitutes in Moscow. A Senate report criticized the FBI’s efforts to investigate the dossier, saying that the process was “lacking in both thoroughness and rigor.”
FBI analysts relied on a tweet from the sister of a DNC operative as part of its analysis into the Steele dossier’s most explosive allegation: that the Kremlin was blackmailing Donald Trump with a videotape of him with prostitutes in Russia.
An FBI spreadsheet declassified last week and released on Monday shows that investigators cited an allegation from author and activist Andrea Chalupa.
Chalupa’s sister, Alexandra Chalupa, was a contractor for the Democratic National Committee through at least June 2016. The two sisters have been staunch critics of President Trump, and have helped push the since-debunked allegation that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election.
The spreadsheet, which the FBI provided to two Senate committees, provides the first glimpse