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Mueller’s Russia probe is now looking into the “pee tape” dossier

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. election is now looking into the explosive dossier that details alleged ties between Moscow and the Trump campaign, sources familiar with the inquiry told Reuters.

The dossier, compiled by ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele, contains unverified claims that businessmen fronting for Russian intelligence helped the Trump team sway the election. The contents also detail more salacious sexual allegations against Trump — namely, that he got prostitutes to urinate on a Moscow hotel bed — that could make him susceptible to blackmail.

Trump has dismissed the dossier, published by BuzzFeed News in January, as “fake news.” A January report, however, said that four U.S. intelligence agencies were taking the allegations seriously.

Trump’s Republicans rivals had originally funded the dossier during the primaries. Pro-Hillary Clinton groups took over support once Trump became the GOP nominee.

The report that Mueller is taking over the FBI investigation into the dossier came just hours after the Senate Intelligence Committee said it had “hit a wall” trying to verify the document’s claims.

The Committee, which failed to convince Steele to appear and give evidence, said they could not determine if the Trump campaign coordinated with Moscow to influence the election.

— David Gilbert

 

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