British Spy Linked To Trump Dossier Ordered To Testify In Buzzfeed Suit

Friday, August 25, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Aug 25, 2017

Christopher Steele, the former British spy behind the now-infamous Trump dossier, has been ordered by a U.S. District Judge in Florida to provide a deposition in a multi-million-dollar libel case brought against BuzzFeed. According to a note from Fox News, Steele is expected to fight the request for his deposition in British courts.

The former British spy who put together an unverified dossier of explosive allegations about President Trump during last year’s campaign has been ordered to give a deposition in a multi-million-dollar libel case brought against a media outlet that published the document.

“We asked the Court in Florida to issue a ‘Request for International Judicial Assistance,’” Fray-Witzer said. The request would have the Florida court ask its British counterpart compel Steele submit to a sworn deposition that would be taken in London and videotaped to be played to the jury at trial.

Former MI-6 British Intelligence Officer Christopher Steele is fighting the decision by U.S. District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro, of the Southern District of Florida that he must answer questions in the suit against Buzzfeed. A lawyer directly involved in the case said the issue will likely be argued before the British courts where a similar libel case is being heard.

Steele’s London-based company, Orbis Business Intelligence, authored the 35-page dossier while working for American-based Fusion GPS and its founder Glenn Simpson. The document, which was crafted as opposition research for unknown political rivals of Trump, contained salacious charges involving Trump and Russian prostitutes, but none of the claims have been corroborated and most media outlets steered clear of the dossier.

As our readers will undoubtedly recall, Steele reportedly met with the FBI on August 22, 2016 and his dossier was subsequently used to obtain a FISA warrant to monitor communications of Carter Page, a peripheral adviser in the Trump campaign. Apparently, former FBI Director James Comey even considered the debunked dossier so important that he insisted it be included in January’s final Intelligence Community Report on Russian meddling in the election and reportedly offered Steele $50,000 to corroborate the dossier.

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