The Guardian has reported that the FBI has a second President Donald Trump-Russia dossier that allegedly corroborates some information in the Christopher Steele dossier.

One caveat: Cody Shearer, an activist close to failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s camp, authored this one.

From The Guardian:

Unlike Steele, Shearer does not have a background in espionage, and his memo was initially viewed with scepticism, not least because he had shared it with select media organisations before the election.

However, the Guardian has been told the FBI investigation is still assessing details in the ‘Shearer memo’ and is pursuing intriguing leads.

One source with knowledge of the inquiry said the fact the FBI was still working on it suggested investigators had taken an aspect of it seriously.

It raises the possibility that parts of the Steele dossier, which has been derided by Trump’s supporters, may have been corroborated by Shearer’s research, or could still be.

The Guardian stated that the FBI received this dossier back in October 2016 from none other than Steele, who received it from an American contact:

The Guardian was told Steele warned the FBI he could not vouch for the veracity of the Shearer memo, but that he was providing a copy because it corresponded with what he had separately heard from his own independent sources.

Among other things, both documents allege Donald Trump was compromised during a 2013 trip to Moscow that involved lewd acts in a five-star hotel.

The Shearer memo cites an unnamed source within Russia’s FSB, the state security service. The Guardian cannot verify any of the claims.

The publication also detailed the controversy that surrounds Shearer:

Shearer is a controversial figure in Washington. Conservative outlets have accused him of being part of a “hatchet man” and member of a “secret spy ring” and within Clinton’s orbit. There is no evidence that the Clinton campaign was aware of the Shearer memo.

But other people who know Shearer say he is not just a Democratic party hack and there is no evidence that his memo was ever sought by Clinton campaign officials.

Sources say that while he lacks the precision and polish of a seasoned former spy like Steele, Shearer has also been described as having a large network of sources around the world and the independent financial means to pursue leads.

This news comes a day after the House Intelligence Committee used an obscure rule to vote to release a memo penned by Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) that alleges the FBI abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) “over its use of the opposition research dossier on Donald Trump and Russia as part of the case to obtain a FISA warrant for former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page.”

Trump has five days to decide to release it to the public or keep it hidden.

Until there is more information on this dossier it’s important to proceed with caution. Even if this dossier corroborates some of the Steele dossier, it could be a coincidence.

It also just looks like another opposition research project consider the links to the Clintons. Remember, the DNC and Clinton’s camp paid for the Steele dossier that published his dossier.


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