Although the Trump administration said the dossier on Russian attempts to influence the Kompromat-in-Chief were completely false, it appears that U.S. Intel effort have confirmed that key conversations described in the work by former MI-6 Officer Christopher Steele did take place.
Washington (CNN)For the first time, US investigators say they have corroborated some of the communications detailed in a 35-page dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent, multiple current and former US law enforcement and intelligence officials tell CNN. As CNN first reported, then-President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama were briefed on the existence of the dossier prior to Trump's inauguration.
None of the newly learned information relates to the salacious allegations in the dossier. Rather it relates to conversations between foreign nationals. The dossier details about a dozen conversations between senior Russian officials and other Russian individuals. Sources would not confirm which specific conversations were intercepted or the content of those discussions due to the classified nature of US intelligence collection programs.
But the intercepts do confirm that some of the conversations described in the dossier took place between the same individuals on the same days and from the same locations as detailed in the dossier, according to the officials. CNN has not confirmed whether any content relates to then-candidate Trump.
They have not confirmed the content of these confirmations or any of the underlying allegations reported by Steele, only that some of the conversations he describes did take place on the exact date, and the exact time that he said they did.
This doesn’t prove his specific allegations which I covered in detail here, but it does bolster Steele’s credibility even further after he has already been vouched for by the former UK Ambassador to Russia and former CIA officers.