Adam Schiff refuses to concede regrets when confronted over Steele dossier

Adam Schiff refuses to concede regrets when confronted over Steele dossier by Daniel Chaitin, Deputy News Editor for Washington Examiner

Rep. Adam Schiff refused to admit any remorse when grilled again about his promotion of British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s now-discredited dossier , which helped drive years of public discourse about Russia possibly having excessive influence and blackmail material to lord over the Trump administration.

Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd asked Schiff on Sunday if he has any regrets days after former State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus made headlines for confronting the House Intelligence Committee chairman on The View about him talking up the dossier over the years.

“I don’t regret saying that we should investigate claims of someone who, frankly, was a well-respected British intelligence officer,” Schiff responded during the NBC interview after being shown clips of him in the past talking up the dossier, which was full of salacious allegations of connections between former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia.

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“And we couldn’t have known, of course, years ago, that we would learn years later that someone who was a primary source lied to him,” the California Democrat continued. “But what I just said, in the clip you just played, ends up being exactly right, which is Steele did reveal that the Russians were trying to help elect Donald Trump. That turned out to be all too true.”

The original dossier, a 35-page collection of reports about Trump’s ties to Russia written between June and December 2016, contained allegations of the Trump team coordinating with the Kremlin and a salacious claim that the Russians had a video of Trump with prostitutes urinating on a bed in a Moscow hotel room in 2013.

The research was compiled for Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm, and Steele was paid with money from Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The reports were shared with government officials as well as media outlets, and, in January 2017, BuzzFeed published  the dossier. Trump called it “bogus” while claiming the FBI was “tainted.”

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