Journalist Who Broke Trump Dossier Story Now Doubts Its Authenticity
Today, the investigative journalist offered a surprising take on Christopher Steele's unverified report.
The Daily Caller reports:
“Would you agree that a lot of what’s in the Steele dossier has been somewhat vindicated?” Mediaite columnist John Ziegler asked Michael Isikoff, a co-author of the book “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story on Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump.”
“No,” Isikoff responded in an interview released Saturday.
“You would not?” asked Ziegler.
Isikoff repeated he would not.
Isikoff is the journalist who wrote the Sept. 23, 2016 article at Yahoo! News laying out Steele’s allegations that Trump campaign adviser Carter Page met secretly in Moscow with two Kremlin insiders. Isikoff’s co-author, David Corn, is the only other reporter to have written about Steele’s claims prior to the 2016 election.
Isikoff and Corn are among an exclusive group of journalists who met during the 2016 election with Steele.
Steele, a former British intelligence officer, compiled the dossier for Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm, at the behest of Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
In an increasingly scrutinized attempt to obtain Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants to spy on Trump campaign advisers, the FBI cited both the dossier and Isikoff's reporting as justification.
Republicans have accused FBI leadership of taking advantage of the FISA courts by relying on the unsubstantiated anti-Trump dossier and failing to disclose the report's partisan nature.