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Former head of British Secret Intelligence Service says Trump-Russia dossier ‘probably’ credible

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The infamous dossier that alleges collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign an the Russian government is “probably” credible, the former head of the British Secret Intelligence Service (M16) said Tuesday.

Speaking with BBC’s Newsnight, Sir Richard Dearlove said of the dossier, which was compiled by former M16 officer Christopher Steele, “I think that there is probably some credibility to the content.”

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“I wouldn’t put it any more forcefully than that,” Dearlove added.

The dossier, dismissed by Trump as “fake news,” contains allegations the Kremlin has “been cultivating, supporting and assisting Trump for at least 5 years,” and has sufficient blackmail against the president—including evidence of salacious sexual acts with “a number of prostitutes” in Russia. It also claims members of the Trump campaign had multiple contacts with Russian operatives during the election.

During the presidential transition, former FBI Director James Comey briefed then-president-elect Trump on a two-page synopsis of the dossier. In June, Comey declined to answer questions about the dossier during testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, telling members he couldn’t discuss the allegations in an “open setting.” Steele, the author of the memo has said he believes the dossier is 70 to 90 percent accurate.

While U.S. intelligence services work to verify or disprove elements of the Trump dossier, the veracity of it’s claims are playing a pivotal role in Washington D.C. federal court case. BuzzFeed, which published the dossier in January, is fighting a libel suit from a Russian internet entrepreneur named by Steele as one of the people involved in hacking the DNC. As part of its defense, BuzzFeed last month filed a motion to compel the FBI and two other federal agencies to comply with subpoenas regarding the agencies’ verification of the dossier.

Several other new organizations have filed Freedom of Informational Act requests about the dossier.

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Fox News viewers freak out on Bret Baier for criticizing Trump and calling Yovanovitch ‘sympathetic’

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Fox News host Bret Baier -- and his colleague John Roberts -- infuriated Fox News viewers who follow their Twitter feeds for praising the performance of former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch during her House impeachment testimony while they also condemned Donald Trump for attacking her as she spoke.

According to Roberts in his tweet, "Wow....this is really unprecedented. @realDonaldTrump and Amb Yovanovitch are talking to each other in real time through @Twitter and Television... Something I never thought I would ever see."

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Viewers baffled as GOP counsel appears to push anti-Trump talking points during Yovanovich cross-examination

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House Republican impeachment inquiry attorney Steve Castor on Friday baffled viewers with a line of questioning that appeared to be beneficial to House Democrats' case for impeaching President Donald Trump.

Among other things, Castor referred to ambassador Bill Taylor as a man of integrity and also didn't challenge former ambassador Marie Yovanovich's story that she had been the subject of a smear campaign launched by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.

In fact, Castor's line of questioning was so friendly to House Democrats, that some Twitter users joked that he was a "deep state plant" who's secretly helping to impeach the president.

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CNN legal analysts rip apart Jim Jordan’s ‘nonsensical’ defense of Trump witness intimidation

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CNN legal analyst Elie Honig blasted Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for arguing that President Donald Trump hadn't engaged in witness intimidation by tweeting attacks on a former ambassador as she testified against him in the impeachment inquiry.

Jordan argued the tweet can't be witness intimidation because Marie Yovanovitch wouldn't have known about the attack if Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) hadn't read it to her, but Honig said the GOP lawmaker's claim was ridiculous.

"His point is nonsensical," Honig said. "Of course, she was going to find out about a tweet that went out to 60 million people-plus. The law covers any way you look regarding timing."

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