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Trump suing ex-British intel officer Steele over his discredited opposition research dossier

A two-day hearing is set to occur Oct. 16.

Published: September 29, 2023 1:57pm

Former President Donald Trump is reportedly planning to sue former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele over his infamous opposition research document on Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign.

The dossier, commonly called the "Steele dossier," has since been discredit and found to have false, misleading and/or inaccurate information.

“The president’s claim seeks remedies including that the inaccurate data contained within the Steele Dossier be erased or rectified together with the payment of damages,” Orbis Business Intelligence attorney Tim Lowles said in a statement, according to the New York Post

The Independent reports that a two-day hearing on the matter is set to occur Oct. 16. Trump is not expected to attend. 

The dossier was published by BuzzFeed News right before Trump took office in 2017.

It was publicly disavowed by the FBI in November of 2022. 

Steele, who subcontracted some of research,  still defends the dossier, according to reports. 

“What is being called the dossier was actually a series of single-source intelligence reports over a period of time, if you like, almost a running commentary on the election campaign and Russia’s perspective on it – and it comes from the Russian perspective of the telescope if you like,” he told the Oxford Union in March 2022.

“The sources were Russian. They were reporting on how Russia saw it. And of course, that may in some cases be rather different than how it was viewed in America at the other end of the telescope."

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