The former British spy responsible for the dirty dossier on President Donald Trump was in line for a nice payday from the FBI if he could have proved what he alleged.
The Obama administration’s FBI offered $50,000 to Christopher Steele if he was able to corroborate the accusations made in the dossier, when he met with the FBI in October, the New York Times reported.
One of the accusations in the dossier was that President Trump paid prostitutes to defile a bed former President Obama slept on when he was in Russia.
The documents also claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin was facing “fallout” due to the hacking of the Democrat National Committee’s servers.
But Steele was never paid anything, which probably means he was not able to prove the allegations, according to the Times.
Despite the apparent misgivings the bureau had in the dossier, it was used as the basis to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on Carter Page, who was an adviser for the Trump campaign.
According to the Washington Post, who reported about the agreement between Steele and the FBI in March, the deal didn’t go through because Steele’s dossier “became the subject of news stories, congressional inquiries and presidential denials.”
But the dossier wasn’t made public until BuzzFeed News released it on Jan. 10.
The release triggered a lawsuit against BuzzFeed by Aleksej Gubarev, a Russian tech executive, because the dossier named him as a hacker involved in getting into the DNC’s computers.