British intelligence monitored Trump's family as early as 2007

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Christopher Steele (L) carefully cultivated Ivanka Trump for eight years

It is being reported that the former MI6 officer who compiled a dossier on Donald Trump was in fact a personal friend of Trump’s daughter, Ivanka.

According to Sky News, Christopher Steele, was in contact with Ivanka Trump from 2007 to 2015.

Steele served in MI6 from 1987 to 2009 and was head of the Russia desk from 2006 to 2009. He was considered as one of the leading Russia experts in the British intelligence community.

Following his departure from MI6, Steele co-founded Orbis Business Intelligence, which conducted due diligence and broader intelligence-related work for private clients.

In 2013 Steele’s company was contracted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to cover Russian and Ukrainian affairs and it was in the course of that work that Steele reportedly stumbled across sensitive information on Donald Trump’s Russia-related activities.

The so-called Trump dossier has hung over the US President ever since, and FBI denials notwithstanding, it is believed to have informed the agency’s decision to launch a wide-ranging investigation into Russian interference in US electoral politics.

Moreover, Steele’s anti-Trump activities were viewed in some circles as a possible plot by British intelligence to derail Trump’s presidency.

The latest revelations on Steele’s friendship with Ivanka Trump underscore the extent to which the British intelligence services – albeit in an unofficial capacity – had been monitoring Donald Trump’s family long before he became president.        

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