Secret 2016 texts between top intelligence officials raise questions about UK's role in Russia probe

Mail Online | 7/31/2016 | Dailymail.com Reporter
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Senior intelligence officials in the United States and the United Kingdom had text conversations about 'our strange situation' as the FBI launched its investigation into whether Donald Trump's presidential campaign was colluding with Russia.

Text messages between then-FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe and his counterpart in Britain's MI5, Jeremy Fleming, were brought to light by the Guardian on Tuesday.

Correspondence - Questions - UK - Role - Stages

The correspondence raises questions about the UK's role in the early stages of the Russia probe amid heightened tensions between the American and British officials.

Earlier this month the countries became embroiled in a full-scale diplomatic spat after the leak of cables in which British ambassador to the US Sir Kim Darroch called Trump 'inept' .

Texts - Justice - Department - Launch - FBI

The texts were revealed as the Justice Department is examining what led up to the launch of the FBI investigation.

They are believed to be paying particularly close attention to the influence of another senior British intelligence official, Christopher Steele.

Steele - Official - UK - Intelligence - Agency

Steele, a former senior official at the UK's foreign intelligence agency MI6, compiled the infamous 'dirty dossier' in 2017, which alleged that Moscow attempted to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election and that there was potential collusion between Russia and Trump's campaign, along with other unverified and salacious claims about the president, including that he was vulnerable to blackmail from the Russians.

The dossier was paid for ultimately by Hillary Clinton's campaign. Many of the key claims were never verified.

Message - August - Months - Election - Day

The most striking message was one from August 2016, three months before election day, in which Fleming noted that members of...
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