As various claims in former MI6 agent Christopher Steele’s infamous Trump-Russia dossier continue to be proven correct, with nothing in the dossier having yet been disproven, the mainstream media has a lot of explaining to do. The U.S. media spent several months largely writing off the dossier as “unsubstantiated” or “gossip” instead of digging in doing its job. But the dossier has nonetheless gone on to play an increasing role in the Trump-Russia investigation. Now it’s come front and center.
The British press has long been ahead of the U.S. media when it comes to taking the Trump-Russia dossier seriously. So it’s not surprising that The Independent, a major British publication, is the first to confirm that one of the people named in the dossier is “providing important information” to Special Counsel Robert Mueller (link). That’s a diplomatic way of saying that the person in question has flipped on Donald Trump.
The Independent has not identified the individual. Nor is it clear if the person in question is someone who was mentioned in the dossier by their real name, or if the person was labeled using the Source A, Source B, etc nomenclature that the dossier used for some of its key players. So there’s no surefire way of figuring out who it is that’s cooperating. But if you’re one of the people named in the dossier, you’re only going to cooperate with the investigation into the dossier if you know that the dossier – or at least the part you’re mentioned in – is in fact true.
Much of the focus on the dossier has centered around the “Pee Pee Tape” which allegedly involved Donald Trump and Russian prostitutes. That part of the dossier has never been confirmed. But other parts, which include everything from election collusion to negotiation of blackmail terms, paint Trump and Russia as having conspired to commit serious crimes against the United States.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report