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Trump Russia dossier key claim 'verified'

Trump Russia dossier key claim 'verified'
Image copyright BBC/Facebook The BBC has learned that US officials "verified" a key claim in a report about Kremlin involvement in Donald Trump's election - that a Russian diplomat in Washington was in fact a spy. So far, no single piece of evidence has been made public proving that the Trump campaign joined with Russia to steal the US presidency - nothing. But the FBI Director, James Comey, told a hushed committee room in Congress last week that this is precisely what his agents are investigating. Stop to let that thought reverberate for a moment. "Investigation is not proof," said the president's spokesman. Trump's supporters are entitled to ask why - with the FBI's powers to subpoena witnesses and threaten charges of obstructing justice - nothing damning has emerged. Perhaps there is nothing to find. The roadmap for the investigation, publicly acknowledged now for the first time, comes from Christopher Steele, once of Britain's secret intelligence service MI6. Image copyright Getty Images

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