These are Steele’s first public remarks since his information was published in 2017.
Courtesy of The Daily Beast:
Speaking to students at Oxford University in England, he described the probe into Russian interference as having failed to do any “drilling down into financial networks and leverage,” which he said was “the way Russian influence works.”
Steele said he had been interviewed by Robert Mueller’s team probing potential collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Russian government for “two whole days” but said: “I was surprised that very little of what I had discussed with them appeared in the final report.”
He criticized the report for being “too narrow” and failing to follow up on crucial evidence. “There were many things about the report that were good… but other (aspects) that were not so good,” he said.
Steele said the fact that “a number of witnesses—including for instance, Donald Trump Jr.” had avoided being interviewed “wasn’t great.”
Steele also attacked the U.S. Department of Justice’s inspector general report on the Russia probe, which criticized the FBI’s interactions with him, when The Daily Beast asked him about its findings.
Steele described having cooperated with the inquiry over “4 to 5 months” but he said he had seen some “very bad qualities” from U.S. officials, whom he accused of acting in “bad faith.”
Steele told the students in Oxford that he was still confident in his report’s conclusions. “We stand by the integrity of our work and the integrity of our sources,” he said.
Steele also advocated for Western governments to take a more aggressive stance against Russian interference, describing President Putin as a “bully” and pointing out that “the psychology of bullies suggests that if you hit them once, they might hit you back, but they won’t bother you again.”
Many Republicans, led by President Trump, have alleged political bias in Steele’s work because his research company was hired by American firm Fusion GPS, which had been conducting opposition research on Trump on behalf of his Republican primary challengers. The Clinton campaign later picked up the tab. Steele dismissed the allegations of bias, describing himself as simply “an opponent of President Putin.”
Steele was also asked if he would make himself available to the investigators chosen by Bill Barr to discredit his dossier, he replied with this:
“As far as I’m concerned,” he told students. “We’ve said everything we have to say on the matter.”
I like to point out that very little of what Steele reported in the dossier was ever factually proven to have been false, and that many of the allegations concerning Russian money laundering were never adequately investigated.
I also think it is beyond clear that Putin has Trump under his control, and that he intends to try and keep him in office at least one more term.
As far as I am concerned Christopher Steele is more patriotic toward America than the vast number of Republicans currently holding office in Washington DC.