Ex-MI6 officer who compiled Russia dossier was Ivanka Trump’s friend

Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence officer despised by Donald Trump, was a personal friend of the president’s daughter, Ivanka, Sky News understands.

President Trump has repeatedly attacked the ex-MI6 officer because of his role in compiling a so-called dossier of allegations about ties between his 2016 election campaign and the Kremlin, including lurid claims about then candidate Trump and prostitutes in Moscow. The president has denied all such allegations.

The friendship between Ms Trump and Mr Steele – which stretched from 2007 to 2015 and included business discussions – contrasts with the president’s characterisation of him as a “Trump hater”.

Chris Steele
Image:Chris Steele is a former MI6 officer

A reference to the friendship was made in a report released on Monday by a US Justice Department watchdog into the origins of an inquiry by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) into claims of ties between the Trump election campaign and Russia.

It cleared the FBI of any political bias in launching its Russia inquiry – code-named Crossfire Hurricane – in July 2016. This undermines allegations to the contrary by Mr Trump.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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