Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team met this summer with former MI6 officer Christopher Steele, the author of the controversial opposition research dossier on alleged ties between President Trump and Russia, according to CNN.
Reuters reported Wednesday that the dossier had become part of Mueller’s probe.
Officials familiar with the investigations told Reuters that both Mueller’s team and the Senate Intelligence Committee are seeking evidence that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort or others with financial ties to Russia helped Moscow target email hacking and social media postings undermining Hillary Clinton’s candidacy.
The Hill added:
The dossier, originally intended as opposition research, was first funded by an anti-Trump GOP group, but a pro-Hillary Clinton group began paying for the work when Trump emerged as the Republican nominee.
The U.S. intelligence community said in a report made public in January that they took the allegations made in the dossier seriously, and Trump was briefed on the dossier shortly before taking office by former FBI Director James Comey.
The CNN report follows the news of leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee saying Wednesday that they’re still investigating whether there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.
“The committee continues to look into all evidence to see if there was any hint of collusion,” Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) told a room packed with reporters. “I’m not even going to discuss initial findings because we haven’t any.”
“The issue of collusion is still open,” he added.