One of the most salacious details from the “Steele Dossier” on Donald Trump and Russia, written by a former top British spy, could actually be real, according to a U.S. senator.
In a Monday interview with BuzzFeed News editor-in-chief Ben Smith, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) suggested the so-called “pee tape” may explain Trump’s deference to Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin.
BuzzFeed first published the Steele Dossier in January of 2017.
When asked if Putin “has anything” on Trump, Sen. Merkley said it was, “likely.”
“Your view is that the pee tape is real?” Smith asked.
“Something close to that,” Sen. Merkley replied. “Something close to that.”
Here is how Christopher Steele, a former top British intelligence officer, described what has become know as the “pee tape.”
“One which had borne fruit for them was to exploit TRUMP’S personal obsessions and sexual perversion in order to obtain suitable ‘kompromaf (compromising material) on him. According to Source D, where s/he had been present, Trump’s (perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew President and Mrs OBAMA (whom he hated) had stayed on one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ’golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him. The hotel was known to be under FSB control with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to,” the Steele Dossier explained.
“Speaking separately in June 2016, Source B (the former top level Russian intelligence officer) asserted that TRUMP’s unorthodox behavior in Russia over the years had provided the authorities there with enough embarrassing material on the now Republican presidential candidate to be able to blackmail him if they so
wished,” the report continued.
Trump is reportedly “obsessed” with the “pee tape” and lashed out against it as “fake news” hours after BuzzFeed published the intelligence file.
Re @BuzzFeedBen's exchange with @JeffMerkley this AM: that's Foreign Relations Committee member Jeff Merkley, who's also fresh off yet another trip to New Hampshire as he (Bernie Sanders' lone Senate endorser in '16) seriously considers running for POTUS in 2020…
— Gabriel Debenedetti (@gdebenedetti) July 16, 2018
‘It’s just insane’: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow breaks down the Trump administration’s latest Russia scandal
On Wednesday, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow delved into the latest stunning revelations surrounding Maria Butina, the admitted Russian agent at the heart of a plot to infiltrate the National Rifle Association and the Republican Party — and the connections to a high-ranking State Department official in charge of arms negotiations with Russia.
"Josh Rogin at the Washington Post reports tonight that Maria Butina also turned up at the wedding of Mike Pence's national security adviser," said Maddow. "Mike Pence's national security adviser, Andrea Thompson, got married that summer of 2017, first summer of the Trump Administration. She's got that awesome new job. Getting married and Maria Butina was at the wedding. Why was she at the wedding? U.S. Person One, her boyfriend, Paul Erickson, was officiating the wedding. Oh. It also turns out that the man who Mike Pence's national security adviser, the man who Andrea Thompson was marrying at the wedding that day, he had recently given Paul Erickson $100,000."
Fox News’ Hannity has to stop and remind Trump to use anti-FBI propaganda in the middle of an interview
The president seemed to short-circuit in his interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity Wednesday.
President Donald Trump began speaking about the report from special counsel Robert Mueller, repeating "no collusion, no obstruction." He then went off on a tangent about the dossier from Christopher Steele and whether or not he was spied on as a candidate in 2016.
"If they spied on my campaign and they may have, it will be one of the great revelations in history of this country," Trump told Hannity. "I will tell you, it’s going to be very interesting, I think we are going to find out. Can you imagine if it were the other way around and I spied on President Obama’s campaign? Can you imagine what the repercussions would be? Or I spied on cricket Hillary’s campaign. Can you imagine with the repercussions would be?"
Pentagon gives senators classified briefing on UFOs reported by the Navy
While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.
According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.
The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.