Former President Donald Trump suing the ex-spy responsible for the now-discredited Steele Dossier that detailed intel on potential links between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia.
The Hill reports that Trump’s lawyers filed suit in Britain against Orbis Business Intelligence, the company founded by Christopher Steele, a former MI6 agent who published a 35-page dossier including uncorroborated claims that Trump’s campaign and Russian agents conspired to influence the 2016 U.S. election.
Hugh Tomlinson, a lawyer for Trump who appeared before a judge at London’s High Court on Monday, alleged the company violated British data protection laws and has “suffered personal and reputational damage and distress” as a result.
The former president has repeatedly claimed the dossier was “fake news” and a political witch hunt following the 2016 presidential election.
Steele, who led the Russia desk for MI6 — formally known as the Secret Intelligence Service — is looking to have the lawsuit dismissed during two days of hearings at London’s High Court, per AP reports.
Steele’s dossier has since been largely discredited and determined to be funded by Democrats during the 2016 presidential election.
While the dossier itself was not the basis for the FBI’s probe into Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, the report was heavily involved with the investigation led by former special counsel Robert Mueller.