Trump dossier author Christopher Steele fights defamation case - Whisper Eye

Trump dossier author Christopher Steele fights defamation case

A former British spy who compiled a dossier alleging links between Donald Trump and the Kremlin is asking a US court to throw out a defamation case against him by three Russian oligarchs.

In the legal action filed in Washington DC, Christopher Steele accuses Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven and German Khan of intimidation.

The oligarchs filed the case on 16 April after their names surfaced in Mr Steele’s dossier.

In their lawsuit, the tycoons argue that the dossier was “gravely damaging” because it “falsely accuses Plaintiffs… of criminal conduct and alleged cooperation with the ‘Kremlin’ to influence the 2016 presidential election”.

Mr Steele’s file was commissioned by Mr Trump’s political enemies before the 2016 election in a bid to dig up dirt on him.

The former British spy’s attorney, Christina Eikhoff, told wthe BBC Russian Service that “the case [against Mr Steele] was filed to punish and intimidate him. Mr Steele is not intimidated.”

However, the Steele legal team’s court motion says the ex-MI6 officer is concerned for his safety, and fears any public disclosure of his home address could gravely endanger his family.

The oligarchs are also suing Mr Steele’s investigative company, Orbis Business Intelligence, for alleged defamation.A lawyer for the three Russians told whisper  eye media team t hat  Mr Steele’s defense is “nonsensical”.The trio head the board of Alpha Group Group, a Russian investment conglomerate that crops up repeatedly – misspelled as “Alpha Group” – in Mr Steele’s dossier.

In their lawsuit, they reject any suggestion of corruption or co-operation with the Kremlin to influence the US presidential election of November 2016.