According to a New York Times story, early last year — after the inauguration of President Trump — CIA agents began negotiating with Russians to purchase dirt on the president.
The story details an agency eagerly pursuing the clandestine deal for months on end before finally reaching an agreement in which agents paid six-figures for the files.
Among those files were claims and reports similar to those contained in the infamous Steele dossier and a video which purported to show Trump in Moscow with a couple ladies of, shall we say, disrepute.
So it’s yet another question in need of an answer: why are U.S. intelligence agents hunting for dirt on their boss?
Here’s more from Daily Caller…
The CIA paid $100,000 last year to a Russian operative who claimed to have derogatory information about President Trump, including a video tape of the Republican engaged with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room.
If the video showed Trump, it would support claims made in the infamous Steele dossier, the salacious opposition research report financed by the Clinton campaign and DNC.
But U.S. intelligence officials have reason to doubt the veracity of the video and other information about Trump associates provided by the Russian, according to a fascinating report from The New York Times.
American spies made contact with the Russian early in 2017 after he offered to sell the Trump material along with cyber hacking tools that were stolen from the National Security Agency that year, according to The Times.
U.S. intelligence officials told The Times they were so desperate to retrieve those tools that they negotiated with the operative for months despite several red flags, including indications that he was working in concert with Russian intelligence.