I stand by the work we did, the sources that we had, and the professionalism which we applied to it. I think the Russians felt they'd got pretty good value out of Donald Trump when he was President of the US. — Christopher Steele, Ex-intel official
I stand by the work we did, the sources that we had, and the professionalism which we applied to it. I think the Russians felt they'd got pretty good value out of Donald Trump when he was President of the US. — Christopher Steele, Ex-intel official
Ex-intel official who created controversial Trump Russia dossier speaks out
Steele's unverified dossier became one of the most controversial aspects of the FBI's investigation into Trump and Russia that led to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Many of the claims, such as the so-called "pee tape," were never proven, despite the FBI's efforts to verify salacious allegations and years of congressional investigators looking into the claims involving the former president and Russia.

Mueller's report also concluded that another allegation Steele made -- that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen traveled to Prague in 2016 to meet with Russian officials -- was untrue.

Steele reinforced his belief that most of the claims made in the dossier are accurate.

"I stand by the work we did, the sources that we had, and the professionalism which we applied to it," Steele said.

The FBI's use of Steele's dossier to obtain a foreign surveillance warrant on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page was the subject of a scathing Justice Department inspector general report released in 2019. The report found the FBI's Russia investigation was started properly, but it raised serious questions about Steele's sources for the dossier, including the fact that his primary source told the FBI they may have talked about Trump's alleged sexual activities "in jest" and that the tape was "rumor and speculation."

Steele reaffirmed his confidence in the most controversial claim in the unverified dossier -- that Russia had video of Trump watching prostitutes urinate in a hotel suite, according to BuzzFeed News, which published the dossier in full. In January 2017, CNN reported top intelligence officials presented then-President Trump with claims from the Steele Dossier. There is no evidence the tape exists, and Trump has denied the alleged incident taking place.

Steele said he believes Russia likely retains "kompromat" against Trump, and when pressed by ABC if he believes Russia has a tape of Trump with prostitutes in a Russian hotel, Steele said the tape "probably" exists, but that Russia has assessed "it hasn't needed to be released."

"And today, do you still believe that that tape exists?" Stephanopoulos asked.

"I think it probably does, but I wouldn't put 100% certainty on it," Steele said.

"So how do you explain that if the tape does indeed exist, it hasn't been released?" Stephanopoulos asked.

"Well, it hasn't needed to be released," Steele said. "I think the Russians felt they'd got pretty good value out of Donald Trump when he was President of the US."
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