Trump sues Christo­pher Steele over dossier entry that near­ly sunk his polit­i­cal future

Trump sues Christopher Steele over dossier entry that nearly sunk his political future

For­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is suing for­mer British spy Christo­pher Steele, the author of a dis­proven dossier that caused him sig­nif­i­cant polit­i­cal trou­ble.
Steele, who for­mer­ly ran British intel­li­gence’s Rus­sia desk, was the man behind the dossier, fund­ed indi­rect­ly by Hillary Clin­ton’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, which alleged wide­spread coop­er­a­tion between the Russ­ian gov­ern­ment and Trump’s cam­paign.
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Don­ald Trump and Christo­pher Steele.
AP

The dossier put for­ward the claim that the Russ­ian gov­ern­ment was in pos­ses­sion of sex­u­al­ly com­pro­mis­ing mate­r­i­al on Trump, includ­ing a tape in which pros­ti­tutes uri­nat­ed on a bed in a hotel where for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma had stayed.
Trump attor­ney Tim Lowles announced that the for­mer pres­i­dent is bring­ing a data pro­tec­tion claim in the Unit­ed King­dom against Steele and his con­sult­ing firm, Orbis Busi­ness Intel­li­gence.
“Pro­ceed­ings have been issued on behalf of Pres­i­dent Don­ald J. Trump against Orbis Busi­ness Intel­li­gence Lim­it­ed. The claim relates to breach­es of UK Data Pro­tec­tion law aris­ing from the inac­cu­rate pro­cess­ing of the President’s per­son­al data by Orbis fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of the false ‘Steele Dossier,’” Lowles said, per the New York Post.
“The President’s claim seeks reme­dies includ­ing that the inac­cu­rate data con­tained with­in the Steele Dossier be erased or rec­ti­fied togeth­er with the pay­ment of dam­ages,” he added.
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A two-day hear­ing for the case is slat­ed to begin Oct. 16, accord­ing to the Inde­pen­dent.
The claims in the Steele dossier plagued the Trump admin­is­tra­tion for its entire dura­tion and con­tributed sig­nif­i­cant­ly to intel­li­gence and con­gres­sion­al inves­ti­ga­tions into alleged Russ­ian col­lu­sion from Trump and his cam­paign. Lat­er inves­ti­ga­tions found the claims in the dossier to have no mer­it.