Former President Donald Trump is reportedly suing former MI6 officer Christopher Steele over the fake Russian dossier that was weaponized against him to keep him out of office.
High Court records indicate that Trump is filing a data protection claim against Orbis Business Intelligence and its founder Christopher Steele, who previously ran the Secret Intelligence Service’s Russia desk.
On Thursday, a court order was published concerning the lawsuit. The two-day hearing over the case is set to start on October 16. It will ostensibly be the first hearing in the lawsuit.
Trump is not expected to attend the hearing and no details on it have been released, according to the Daily Mail.
BREAKING: Donald Trump is suing ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele over his infamous ‘dossier’ which falsely claimed that Russia had compromising material on him.
— ALX (@alx) September 28, 2023
Steele wrote the “pee-pee-tape” dossier that was used incessantly by the left to smear Trump. It included allegations that the former president had been “compromised” by the Russian security service, better known as the FSB. None of that turned out to be true and the dossier has long been referred to as the “Russia hoax.”
The dossier also made claims of “kompromat” material that involved Trump and prostitutes at a Russian hotel, although there is no evidence that the tape actually ever existed or that any of that is true either.
Steele was hired to put together the dossier by Washington, DC-based research firm Fusion GPS. Perkins Coie, the law firm for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee, later admitted to funding the dossier by retaining Fusion GPS.
It first leaked to BuzzFeed in 2017 just 10 days before Trump took office in January 2017 after beating Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US presidential election. The dossier also claimed that Russian President Putin “supported and directed” an operation to “cultivate” Trump as a presidential candidate for “at least five years.” The dossier has been thoroughly discredited and Trump denied the claims from the beginning.
Hillary Clinton colluded with Russia and foreign agents ( British MI-6 spy Christopher Steele ) and paid for his fake dossier to target President Trump… she has been behind and in front of one of the most brazen psychological operations ( information warfare) in our history.… https://t.co/spisfTVowZ
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) September 25, 2023
Steele was a confidential informant for the FBI going back to 2013 and his past work was “considered credible” by US officials.
“A 2019 Justice Department watchdog report stated that the CIA viewed Mr. Steele’s material as ‘Internet rumor’ and claimed that he had a ‘lack of self-awareness’ and was ‘underpinned by poor judgment,'” the Independent wrote.
“A 2022 bipartisan Senate report raised concerns that some of Mr. Steele’s material was Russian disinformation and stated that ‘the tradecraft reflected in the dossier is generally poor relative to (US intelligence community) standards,'” the outlet stated.
Steele previously defended the dossier in a 2021 ABC News interview as “credible reporting,” but admitted that a number of his claims “may never be provable.”
What was the evidence against President Trump for impeachment?
The Steele Dossier
— ʰⁱᵗᵐᵃⁿ ☠️ (@imUrB00gieman) September 28, 2023
He also claimed that the dossier was right about Russia’s spy agencies interfering in the 2016 US presidential election, Vladimir Putin approving the operation, and the goal of helping Trump’s candidacy and hurting Hillary Clinton’s. None of those claims have panned out either.
“Mr. Steele and Orbis Business Intelligence were previously sued for libel by Russian national Aleksej Gubarev over the publication of the dossier, claiming they were legally responsible for BuzzFeed publishing the dossier,” the Daily Mail reported.
“However, in a judgment in October 2020, Mr. Justice Warby dismissed the claim,” the media outlet added.
Users on X claim the lawsuit is long overdue but it can never undo all the damage done:
The only language corruption understands are fines and jail time.
— Craig Chamberlin (@CraigChamberlin) September 28, 2023
That’s been long overdue.
— Yevgeniy Khmelev (@ykhmelev) September 29, 2023
Fight lawfare with lawfare.
— Albert Latham (@albert1776) September 28, 2023
Lawsuits won’t fix the damage Steele caused.
— Samuel Leonard (@meesterleonard) September 28, 2023
It’s about time. He needs to go on the offensive.
— Brian Davis (@BrianDavisOH) September 29, 2023
A long time in coming.
— Night Meets Day (@_nightmeetsday) September 29, 2023
These Dems need to know that there are consequences for their actions, otherwise they will never stop
— Vox Populi (@vox_populi_nl) September 29, 2023
About time somebody got sued
— Lynda Farley (@ljf654) September 29, 2023