K. judge dismisses Donald Trump’s lawsuit over “Steele dossier”

On February 1, 2024, a judge in London dismissed a lawsuit filed by former U.S. President Donald Trump against Orbis Business Intelligence, a company founded by former British spy Christopher Steele. The lawsuit accused Steele of making false and damaging claims about Trump in a dossier he compiled in 2016. The judge, Karen Steyn, stated that there were no compelling reasons to let the case go to trial.

Steele, who was paid by Democrats to conduct research on Trump, created a dossier that contained unverified allegations, including claims that Trump participated in “sex parties” in Russia and engaged in “golden showers” with prostitutes in Moscow. Trump has repeatedly denied these allegations and called the dossier “fake news” and a political witch hunt.

Orbis Business Intelligence argued that they were not responsible for the publication of the dossier, which was leaked to a U.S. media outlet, and that they were not aware of the leak. They also stated that the case was filed too late. In 2022, the U.S. Federal Election Commission fined Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee for obscuring their funding of the dossier.

The bipartisan election commission also dismissed a complaint against Steele himself. The lawsuit was first filed in 2023, and the court was told that Trump was bringing the case over two memos in the dossier.

This ruling is a blow to Trump’s efforts to discredit the dossier and its allegations against him. The judge’s decision to dismiss the case highlights the importance of proper evidence and timing in legal proceedings.  

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