CNN has published a story about Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.CNN has reported that the president-elect has been “an unwitting participant in a vast, secret effort to sow discord and undermine American democracy” since the 1990s, and that the story was “based on a dossier containing unverified allegations of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials.”
The dossier is said to have been compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, who was a former British spy and was paid by a pro-Russian opposition research firm.CNN says that the network has confirmed Steele’s dossier’s authenticity, but it also says the network “did not verify its credibility.”
The network says the story does not identify any sources.
“While the Trump administration has repeatedly denied allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election, it has acknowledged that there is evidence of such collusion, including the possibility of coordination between the Trump campaigns and Russian intelligence operatives,” CNN writes.
“This dossier was one of many reports compiled by Mr. Steele and compiled by other opposition researchers who were paid by the Russian government.”CNN says it has also confirmed the existence of the dossier by confirming a tweet from Steele.
“This is a VERY important point for the American people.
@CNN will be publishing a full, unedited and uncensored report on this, with all of the evidence that has come to light,” Steele tweeted on Friday.CNN’s decision to publish the dossier comes amid reports that the FBI is investigating Trump’s ties to Moscow.
CNN has reported previously that the bureau is investigating “potential collusion between the Russians and the Trump team.”CNN has also reported that Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., met with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in New York last year in hopes of getting damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
The meeting was described by a White House official as an effort to obtain information about the Clinton campaign and was described as a “counseling session.”
The official was not authorized to discuss private communications by Trump Jr.
The president-Elect has been a “person of concern” in the Russia investigation since the late 1990s.
CNN says the news outlet has not confirmed any specific information that could “undermine our credibility in the ongoing investigation.”CNN’s article does not mention the president or his eldest son by name, and does not detail what specific evidence CNN is citing as proof that the dossier is “factually accurate.”