Around the time Trump was inaugurated, news broke that Christopher Steele, a former British spy, had purportedly come to US intelligence sources reporting that Russia had compiled a compromising dossier on Trump. Since then, Republicans have clung to the fact that officials have not proven key parts of the dossier linking Trump to Russia. Now, it appears that certain of the dossier’s key details have been verified.
“At one point [Christopher Steele] wrote: ‘A leading Russian diplomat, Mikhail Kulagin, had been withdrawn from Washington at short notice because Moscow feared his heavy involvement in the US presidential election operation… would be exposed in the media there.'”
Republicans refuted this by saying there was no diplomat called Kulagin.
However, the BBC now confirms that “sources I know and trust have told me the US government identified Kalugin as a spy while he was still at the embassy. It is not clear if the American intelligence agencies already believed this when they got Steele’s report on the ‘diplomat,’ as early as May 2016. But it is a judgment they made using their own methods, outside the dossier.”
Stay tuned to Restore Progress for more sourced, never fake updates to this story as it develops.