On Monday the long-awaited report by U.S. Department of Justice inspector general Michael Horowitz was released and it revealed something no one was expecting.
According to the report former MI6 officer, Christopher Steele, had a “personal relationship” with Ivanka Trump. The report also states that Steele gifted her a “family tartan from Scotland” as a present.
Horowitz’s review was of the FBI’s 2016 investigation into Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign and its links with Russia. The report also discovered details of Steele’s interactions with the FBI, as well as the startling claims about his relationship with the Ivanka Trump dating back to the period before he penned a controversial dossier on Donald Trump.
Horowitz’s report did not mention Ivanka by name but her identity was revealed later in the day by ABC News.
Steele had stated that he visited Ivanka Trump at Trump Tower and adds that he had been “friendly” with Ivanka for “some years.”
ABC News revealed Ivanka Trump discussed work that Steele’s firm might do for the Trump Organization.
Earlier this year Steele handed over memos connected to two meetings in 2016 with the FBI, in which he passed on his dossier in which he claimed the Russians had been seeking to “cultivate” Trump years and added that they had “secretly compromised” him in a hotel room in Moscow.
Monday’s report also outlined what the FBI found when it attempted to verify information Steele wrote about in his dossier involving Trump and Russia, which includes attempts to verify the existence of videotapes of “alleged unorthodox sexual activity.”
On Monday an attorney for Steele issued a rebuttal of Horowitz’s findings and defended Steele’s “professional work.”
The rebuttal stated that the Trump-Russia memos Steele penned in 2016 were derived from “credible and reliable” human sources and that his reporting was “extensively corroborated.”
Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked Steele on Twitter, calling him a “failed spy” and describing his dossier as “phony.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2019
The Justice Department has brought criminal charges against dozens of Russian hackers as well as online trolls for their alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.