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Ex-MI6 spy Chris Steele stands by Trump ‘pee tape’ dossier — and claims it’s at least 70 percent accurate

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The intelligence dossier compiled by former MI6 spy Christopher Steele about President Donald Trump has long been contentious — but a new report from the Guardian says that Steele is sticking by his work.

Although the dossier certainly contains many claims that are not true — the story of Trump hiring Russian prostitutes to perform a “golden shower” in a hotel has been viewed skeptically even by some Trump critics — sources close to Steele tell the Guardian that no dossier is completely accurate.

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What’s important, these sources say, is that Steele has a high degree of confidence in the overall body of work — and he insists that it is between 70 percent and 90 percent accurate.

“I’ve been dealing with this country for 30 years,” Steele has said about Russia. “Why would I invent this stuff?”

The report also claims that Steele met with a team of FBI agents in September 2016 to discuss his findings on Trump and Russia. Steele claims that the agents reacted with “shock and horror” to his revelations, yet they were reluctant to go public with them for fear of being seen to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

But when former FBI Director James Comey released his letter saying he was looking into newly discovered Hillary Clinton emails, Steele reportedly grew “exasperated” that the agency “seemed unduly keen to trash Clinton’s reputation while sitting on explosive material concerning Trump.”

The whole report, which is based on an upcoming book called Collusion by Guardian reporter Luke Harding, is worth reading and can be found here.

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Trump ignored aides’ advice before first Ukraine call — and it destroyed his impeachment defense: report

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President Donald Trump has repeatedly referred to himself as his own top advisor and a political "genius." But his interactions with Ukraine at the heart of the impeachment inquiry could demonstrate the limitations of such an approach to governing.

Friday's bombshell, behind-closed-door testimony from David Holmes has made White House aides unhappy, but the bad news for the administration did not stop there.

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‘Aides to the president are not happy’ Gordon Sondland held the phone up in restaurant: CNN’s Jim Acosta

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CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta reported on Friday that White House aides are unhappy with Ambassador Gordon Sondland for holding up a call with Trump in a restaurant for multiple witnesses to listen.

The details were revealed in bombshell closed-door testimony before Congress on Friday.

Acosta noted the administration was trying to downplay the significance of the call.

"But I will tell you, that the aides of the president are not happy that Gordon Sondland apparently held the phone up so other aides could hear what was going on and the words of the source familiar with the conversations inside the White House, the president speaks loudly, Sondland should know that," Acosta reported.

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David Holmes’ opening statement to Congress directly implicated Donald Trump: report

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Congress will hear first-hand testimony of President Donald Trump's involvement in the Ukraine scandal.

"David Holmes, the state department aide who overheard President Donald Trump's conversation with the US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, said that Sondland told Trump that the Ukranian President would do 'anything you ask him to,' and that he confirmed the Ukrainians were going to 'do the investigation,'" CNN reported Friday.

""Sondland told Trump that (Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky 'loves your ass,'" Holmes testified. "I then heard President Trump ask, 'So, he's gonna do the investigation?' Ambassador Sondland replied that 'he's gonna do it,' adding that President Zelensky will do 'anything you ask him to.'"

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