The Trump dossier's credibility is collapsing


US President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of being "underhanded and a disgrace" for disclosing details of a dossier of allegations about his ties to Russian Federation during the campaign.

Despite the president's claim, Smith maintains that he and Buzzfeed "strongly believed that publishing the disputed document whose existence we and others were reporting was in the public interest".

Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen sued Buzzfeed Inc. on Tuesday for defamation over allegations about him in a dossier the news organization published that was commissioned in 2016 by the president's political opponents.

In a statement responding to the lawsuit, a Buzzfeed spokeswoman said that the outlet will defend its First Amendment rights.

The move earned a rebuke from Grassley, who has been fixated on the dossier and last week urged the Justice Department to investigate possible criminal charges for its author, former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele. Cohen testified to the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on October 24 and publicly to the Senate Intelligence Committee on October 25.

That allegation has been disputed by the president, his bodyguard who was present during that trip, and has not been verified by US intelligence agencies, and believed by Russia experts to be typical Russian disinformation.

"He [Steele] thought from his perspective there was an issue - a security issue about whether a presidential candidate was being blackmailed", Simpson said.

Since we published, the public has learned a great deal more about how seriously the F.B.I. took the dossier. On his tweet praising Kushner, Trump joked that the next one facing scrutiny over ties to Russian Federation would be his youngest son, Barron Trump.

Trump's wish may come true. "Why waste time talking about something that's not legitimate", he said.

She said during a November appearance on CNN that the judiciary panel hadn't turned up evidence that the Trump campaign got dirt on the Clinton team.

Whether McCain knew that Fusion GPS was behind the dossier or that it was partially funded by Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee was not clear. Recently, the New York Times reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation first began investigating the Trump campaign after one of its aides, George Papadopoulos, "made a startling revelation to Australia's top diplomat in Britain" during "a night of heavy drinking" - "Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton".

Mueller and his team are investigating whether Russian Federation and Trump's Republican campaign co-ordinated to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump worked to obstruct an FBI investigation into his aides.

Investigative journalist Bob Woodward, who has written about the intelligence community for four decades, said shortly after the dossier's publication that Mr. Steele had produced a "garbage document".