If you believe, as I do, that Donald Trump is an ineluctably expanding blob of id that would swallow up the solar system if we let him, this won’t come as a surprise. Nor should it.
The alleged pee tape incident, it seems, wasn’t the only salacious story Christopher Steele investigated on his way to producing his famous dossier.
According to The Daily Mail, buried inside the 476-page inspector general report on the “oranges” of the Russia investigation was this fairly notable item:
The IG cites four Steele reports including 'select highlights' that Steele 'did not furnish' to the FBI. Much of his other investigating did make it to the Bureau, through either direct or indirect methods.
The IG cites one report, numbered 113, that references sources based in St. Petersburg, Russia as stating that Trump 'has paid bribes and engaged in sexual activities in St. Petersburg, including participating in sex parties, but that witnesses had been 'silenced,' i.e., bribed or coerced to disappear).'
None of the new information has ever been substantiated. It is not clear in the report who ultimately provided it to the IG, although during 2016 various feeds of information were making it to the bureau, to members of Congress, and to the press that ultimately stemmed from Steele's information gathering.
Sex parties? Bribery? Coercion? That doesn’t sound like Trump at all!