Politics 'Trump dossier' on Russia links now part of special counsel's probe: sources

00:17  05 october  2017
00:17  05 october  2017 Source:   reuters.com

Mueller begins interviewing White House staff for Russia probe: report

  Mueller begins interviewing White House staff for Russia probe: report Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly started interviewing White House officials as part of the investigation into ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia. Fox News reported Friday that retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, the chief of staff for the National Security Council, was interviewed on Thursday. According to the report, Kellogg was shown information and asked questions related to President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The special counsel investigating whether Russia tried to sway the 2016 U. S . election has taken over FBI inquiries into a former British spy’ s dossier of allegations of Russian financial and personal links to President Donald Trump ’ s campaign and associates, sources familiar

The special counsel investigating whether Russia tried to sway the 2016 U. S . election has taken over FBI inquiries into a former British spy' s dossier . The investigation is looking into possible Russian financial and personal links to President Donald Trump ' s campaign and associates.

FILE PHOTO - U.S. President Trump makes statement on Las Vegas shooting at the White House in Washington© REUTERS/Joshua Roberts FILE PHOTO - U.S. President Trump makes statement on Las Vegas shooting at the White House in Washington

The special counsel investigating whether Russia tried to sway the 2016 U.S. election has taken over FBI inquiries into a former British spy's dossier of allegations of Russian financial and personal links to President Donald Trump's campaign and associates, sources familiar with the inquiry told Reuters.

A report compiled by former MI6 officer Christopher Steele identified Russian businessmen and others whom U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded are Russian intelligence officers or working on behalf of the Russian government.

Special counsel investigators start questioning White House staffers

  Special counsel investigators start questioning White House staffers Investigators have begun questioning White House staffers as part of the special counsel’s Russia probe, two sources confirmed to Fox News. Sources said that retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, the chief of staff for the National Security Council, was interviewed on Thursday. Questioning covered former national security adviser Mike Flynn, who resigned in February and who helped bring Kellogg onto the Trump transition team.One source said Kellogg was shown records related to the investigation of Flynn.

WASHINGTON - The special counsel investigating whether Russia tried to sway the 2016 U. S . election has taken over FBI inquiries into a former British spy' s dossier of allegations of Russian financial and personal links to President Donald Trump ' s campaign and associates, sources familiar

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The special counsel investigating whether Russia tried to sway the 2016 U. S . election has taken over FBI inquiries into a former British spy’ s dossier of allegations of Russian financial and personal links to President Donald Trump ’ s campaign and associates, sources familiar

A spokesman for special counsel Robert Mueller declined comment. The FBI also declined comment.

Three sources with knowledge of Mueller's probe said his investigators have assumed control of multiple inquiries into allegations by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the election to benefit Trump, a Republican.

Russia has repeatedly denied any meddling in the election.

Two officials familiar with the investigations said that both Mueller's team and the Senate Intelligence Committee are seeking any evidence that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort or others who had financial dealings with Russia might have helped Kremlin intelligence agencies target email hacking and social media postings undermining Trump's election opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Senate Intel leaders 'hit a wall' on verifying Trump dossier

  Senate Intel leaders 'hit a wall' on verifying Trump dossier Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr said Wednesday the panel had been unable to interview Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled a dossier on Donald Trump and his alleged ties to the Russian government, leaving the committee unable to verify its findings. WASHINGTON — Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr said Wednesday the panel had been unable to interview Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled a dossier on Donald Trump and his alleged ties to the Russian government, leaving the committee unable to verify its findings.

The Steele dossier directly links Manafort to Russia (as well as other evidence). Haberman retweeted this from Nov. 9, 2016 in regards to campaign stops I certainly hope it's been part of the special counsel ' s probe .

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The special counsel investigating whether Russia tried to sway the 2016 U. S . election has taken over FBI inquiries into a former British spy’ s dossier of allegations of Russian financial and personal links to President Donald Trump ’ s campaign and associates, sources familiar

On Wednesday, the Senate panel's chairman Richard Burr told reporters that the issue of whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russia remains an open question.

"We have not come to any determination on collusion," Burr said.

Trump, who has called allegations of campaign collusion with Moscow a hoax, has faced questions about the matter since he took office in January.

Trump was told by former FBI director James Comey that Steele's report contained salacious material about the businessman-turned-president.

Burr said on Wednesday that the Senate panel had made several attempts to contact Steele and to meet him and "those offers have gone unaccepted."

"The committee cannot really decide the credibility of the dossier without understanding things like who paid for it, who are your sources and sub-sources," Burr said.

Burr said the panel wanted to finish its investigation by the end of the year.

Nunes signs off on new subpoenas to firm behind Trump-Russia dossier

  Nunes signs off on new subpoenas to firm behind Trump-Russia dossier The chairman of the House intelligence committee has issued subpoenas to the partners who run Fusion GPS, the research firm that produced the dossier of memos on alleged Russian efforts to aid the Trump campaign, according to sources briefed on the matter. The subpoenas -- signed by California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes -- were issued Oct. 4, demanding documents and testimony later this month and early November. Earlier this year, Nunes announced that he was stepping aside from directing the committee's Russia inquiry after he became the subject of an ethics investigation into his handling of classified information.

The special counsel probing Russia ' s 2016 election ties has taken over FBI inquiries into a former British spy' s dossier of allegations, sources say. Key Trump officials, advisers of note in the Russia probe . See Gallery.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The special counsel investigating whether Russia tried to sway the 2016 U. S . election has taken over FBI inquiries into a former British spy' s dossier of allegations of Russian financial and personal links to President Donald Trump ' s campaign and associates, sources familiar

Although several news organizations, including Reuters, were briefed on Steele's dossier before the election in November, most decided not to report on the material because its inflammatory and sometimes salacious content could not be verified.

In a report published in January four U.S. intelligence agencies said they took the dossier's allegations seriously.

Not long after he began his Trump investigation, Steele discussed his work with a senior FBI agent who traveled to England to meet with him, according to sources familiar with the matter and emails seen by Reuters.

The information on Trump collected by Steele, whom officials say was one of MI6's most respected Russia hands, was laid out last year in political "opposition research" initially financed by supporters of one of Trump's Republican primary election opponents. After Trump won the Republican nomination in July, backers of Clinton picked up the support of Steele's work.

(Reporting By Mark Hosenball; Additional reporting by John Walcott; editing by Grant McCool)

Mueller's team spoke with Priebus: report .
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team interviewed former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on Friday, according to a report from Politico. "Mr. Priebus was voluntarily interviewed by Special Counsel Mueller's team today. He was happy to answer all of their questions," Priebus' lawyer William Burck told the publicat"Mr. Priebus was voluntarily interviewed by Special Counsel Mueller's team today. He was happy to answer all of their questions," Priebus' lawyer William Burck told the publication.

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