The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is reportedly reviewing a second dossier alleging collusion between President Donald Trump and the Kremlin, according to a new report by The Guardian.
According to the news outlet, the second document, written by former journalist Cody Shearer, independently sets out some of the allegations made by ex-spy Christopher Steele.
Despite being viewed skeptically by media organizations he shared it with prior to the election, sources told The Guardian that the FBI is still investigating the ‘Shearer memo’ and is pursuing intriguing leads.
The development raises the possibility that parts of the Steele dossier, which has been derided by Trump’s supporters, may have been corroborated by Shearer’s research, or could still be.
The revelation comes at a moment when Donald Trump and some Republican lawmakers have been seeking to cast doubt on the credibility of the Mueller inquiry and the motivation of the FBI in examining Russian collusion.
The memo was given to the FBI in 2016 by former British spy Christopher Steele, the author of the controversial”golden showers” dossier. The ex-M16 agent gave it to the bureau when they asked him to “provide any documents or evidence that could be useful in its investigation,” multiple sources confirmed to The Guardian.
Steele reportedly told the bureau he couldn’t vouch for the credibility of Shearer’s memo, “but that he was providing a copy because it corresponded with what he had separately heard from his own independent sources.” Shearer cited an unnamed source within the FSB, Russia’s state security service.
The authors of both documents claimed Trump was “compromised” during a 2013 trip to Moscow “that involved lewd acts in a five-star hotel.”