BuzzFeed Hires Former White House Official To Investigate Dossier: Report

A former FBI and cybersecurity official is leading an effort on behalf of BuzzFeed to verify allegations in the so-called Steele dossier on President TrumpDonald John TrumpAl Gore: Trump has had 'less of an impact on environment so far than I feared' Trump claims tapes of him saying the 'n-word' don't exist Trump wanted to require staffers to get permission before writing books: report MORE>, Foreign Policy reported Monday.

Anthony Ferrante, who now works at FTI Consulting, has led the investigation for months, Foreign Policy reported, citing four sources. Ferrante joined the FBI in 2005, and joined the National Security Council as a cybersecurity expert in 2015.

Ferrante's team has reportedly been tracking down documents and conducting interviews in an effort to verify certain claims in the dossier, which contains allegations about Trump’s ties to Russia. Much of the document remains unverified.

ADVERTISEMENTThe document has been a source of controversy, as it was funded partly by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: FBI fires Strzok after anti-Trump tweets | Trump signs defense bill with cyber war policy | Google under scrutiny over location data | Sinclair's troubles may just be beginning | Tech to ease health data access | Netflix CFO to step down Signs grow that Mueller is zeroing in on Roger Stone Omarosa claims president called Trump Jr. a 'f--- up' for releasing Trump Tower emails MORE>’s presidential campaign. 

It was at the center of a Republican memo released earlier this month that accused the FBI and Justice Department of abusing a key surveillance program. The document accuses senior Justice Department officials of improperly using information from the dossier to obtain surveillance warrants on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

While Trump and some other Republicans have said the memo vindicates him in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE>'s probe, Democrats said the document contains cherry-picked information and is misleading.

Democrats compiled a countermemo they say refutes the points made in the first, but last week Trump declined to release it

Ferrante, FTI and the special counsel’s office all declined to comment to Foreign Policy.

BuzzFeed was the first outlet to publish the dossier, which contains salacious allegations, a year ago.

Last month, Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, sued BuzzFeed News for defamation over the publication. BuzzFeed has stood by its decision, arguing the dossier was of significant public interest.

Source : http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/373479-buzzfeed-hired-former-fbi-white-house-cyber-officials-in-attempt-to

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