Dem claims, without evidence, that some Trump dossier allegations are true
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) on Thursday claimed without evidence that some of the allegations against President Trump contained in a controversial spy dossier are true.
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“We already know that the coverage that they have on him with sex actions is supposed to be true,” Waters told MSNBC’s Ali Velshi. “They have said that that’s absolutely true.”
Waters did not say where she had gotten that information.
None of the most salacious allegations in the dossier have been verified, though CNN has reported that it was able to corroborate some aspects of it.
In a phone call with The Hill after the MSNBC interview, Waters clarified her remarks, saying that she believed there was enough information in the dossier to warrant a serious probe by the House.
“I said over and over again that the investigation needs to be done,” Waters said. “We are looking forward to House investigation where we can drill down on this stuff.”
The dossier, which has circulated among politicians and journalists in Washington for months, alleges that the Russians have long collected compromising information on Trump. The 35-page document made headlines in January, amid reports that both Trump and former President Obama were briefed on an addendum to the dossier.
The report is said to be the work of former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, who was hired by anti-Trump Republicans last year to compile opposition research. Steele was eventually hired to continue his work by Democrats.
The Washington Post reported last month that the FBI had agreed to pay Steele to continue his research after the November election, but the deal eventually fell through and no payment was made.
In spite of that, none of the allegations in the report have been corroborated, and the White House has fiercely denied the accusations as "fake news."