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Exclusive: MPs who drew up the #Russia report were told the #Kremlin has a "likely hold" over Donald #Trump and there were "indications" #Moscow interfered in and may have covertly funded the 2016 #Brexit vote  - my new book Shadow State reveals…
The evidence - given by former MI6 officer Christopher Steele - is the most compelling explanation so far as to why Boris #Johnson still refuses to publish the missing #Russia report, which he suppressed before last December's UK general election
In a confidential 2018 memo to the British parliament's intelligence and security committee (ISC) Steele accuses Theresa May and Johnson - at that point foreign secretary - of putting "party political interests" above "national security" - a "serious mistake", in his view
Steele says in late 2016 he raised concerns with the UK's Joint Intelligence Committee that the #Russians had leverage over #Trump. May's government however, "threw a blanket" over the allegations. It was afraid of offending the president-elect and jeopardizing a US trade deal
#Johnson has yet to reform the ISC. The six month delay is unprecedented. It's unclear how much of Steele's evidence appears in the final #Russia report but I'm told his analysis was a "route map" for the cross-party committee, chaired by then Tory MP Dominic Grieve
Steele's evidence features in my book Shadow State: Murder, Mayhem and #Russia's Remaking of the West, which is published next week in New York and London. It's a sequel to the #1 NYT best seller #Collusion…
Steele's evidence features in my new book Shadow State: Murder, Mayhem and #Russia's Remaking of the West, which is published next week in New York and London. It's a sequel to the #1 NYT best seller #Collusion…
Today's story written with my colleague @DanSabbagh. Steele's evidence will pile further pressure on Downing Street to publish the #Russia report. Bear in mind the missing 50-page document - which officials say is "discursive" - contains a public and a secret section
Steele told the ISC that the May/Johnson government was more reluctant than its predecessors "to see (or act upon) intelligence on #Russian activities when this presents difficult wider political implications" - in other words raises embarrassing questions over #Brexit + #Trump
Steele adds: "Examples of this include reporting on the #Kremlin’s likely hold over president #Trump and his family/administration and indications of
#Russian interference in and clandestine funding of the #Brexit referendum"
In his ISC memo Steele says the #Russian elite has established a powerful lobby in London via "lavish expenditure and investment". UK professional service firms including lawyers, accountants and PRs have furthered Moscow's "nefarious" interests, both wittingly and unwittingly
Vladimir Putin's #Russia is a "powerful rogue state", Steele told the #ISC. He notes the #poisonings of Sergei Skripal and Alexander Litvinenko: "No terrorist group has deployed a nerve agent in a civilian area or used a radioactive mini-bomb in London. The Kremlin has done both"
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