Christopher Steele, the ex-British spy who compiled the now-debunked dossier aimed at painting a connection between Donald Trump and Russia says he has been “vindicated.”
This week the Federal Elections Commission(FEC) fined Hillary Clinton and the Democrat National Committee (DNC) for violating campaign finance laws in 2016 related to paying Steele for the dossier. However, the elections agency dismissed charges against the former spy which has led him to peddle the claim that his name has been cleared.
The Washington Times reports:
Officials at a D.C. law firm representing Mr. Steele and his company, Orbis Business Intelligence, issued a statement Thursday declaring the FEC’s dismissal of the charges “underlines once again that Mr. Steele and Orbis Business Intelligence acted with complete integrity and professionalism in relation to their work on the 2016 election.”
The Coolidge Reagan Foundation, the watchdog group that filed the FEC complaint, said that despite Steele not being fined by the agency does not mean he’s been vindicated in the matter. Coolidge Reagan Foundation president, Dan Backer, attributed the FEC’s known dysfunction as the real reason Steele didn’t meet the same fate as Clinton and the DNC.
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