Mr Steele claimed that the Trump campaign was taking this path because it was aware that the Russians were hacking Democratic Party emails.No evidence of this has been made public, but the same day that Mr Trump spoke about Crimea he called on the Kremlin to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails.
But the pair continued with their work, hopeful that the wider investigation into Russian hacking in the US would allow the Trump material to be properly examined.
It was against this background that Senator John Mc Cain, who had been hearing with growing alarm reports about Mr Trump and the Kremlin, met Sir Andrew Wood (a former British ambassador to Moscow, who had spent 10 years in Russia and is highly respected for his knowledge of Russian affairs) at a security conference in Halifax, Canada.
There was a little flurry of interest that quickly died down.
Mr Trump’s surprise election victory came and the Democrat employers of Mr Steele and Mr Johnson no longer needed them.
He came to believe there was a cover-up: that a cabal within the Bureau blocked a thorough inquiry into Mr Trump, focusing instead on the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Fusion GPS had been hired by Republican opponents of Mr Trump in September 2015. He was, and continues to be, highly regarded in the intelligence world.But there seemed to be little progress in a proper inquiry into Mr Trump.The Bureau, instead, seemed to be devoting their resources in the pursuit of Hillary Clinton’s email transgressions.Mr Steele is now in hiding, under attack from some Tory MPs for supposedly trying to ruin the chances of Theresa May’s Government building a fruitful relationship with the Trump administration.Some of them accuse him of being part of an anti-Brexit conspiracy.Trump was “compromised” through his sexual activities in Moscow Former top Russian intelligence officer claims FSB [Russian security service] has compromised Trump through his activities in Moscow sufficiently to be able to blackmail him.