Donald Trump sues ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele over his infamous ‘dirty dossier’ alleging Russia had compromising material on the former US president
Donald Trump is suing a former MI6 officer and the intelligence agency he founded, Supreme Court records show.
The former US president is filing a data protection claim against Orbis Business Intelligence and its founder Christopher Steele, who previously headed the Russia desk of the Secret Intelligence Service.
According to a court order published Thursday, a two-day hearing in Trump’s legal proceedings will begin on October 16, believed to be the first hearing in the claim.
Donald Trump speaks during a 2024 presidential campaign rally in Dubuque
No other details about the case have been released, but Trump is not expected to attend.
Mr. Steele was the author of the so-called Steele Dossier, which included allegations that Mr. Trump had been “compromised” by Russia’s security service, the FSB.
The dossier, which was leaked to BuzzFeed in 2017, also alleged that Putin “supported and directed” an operation to “cultivate” Trump as a presidential candidate for “at least five years.”
Trump denied the claims.
File photo dated 24/07/20 by Christopher Steele
Mr. Steele and Orbis Business Intelligence were previously sued for defamation by Russian national Alexei Gubarev over the publication of the dossier, claiming they were legally responsible for BuzzFeed’s publication of the dossier.
However, in an October 2020 judgment, Mr Justice Warby dismissed the claim.