Mr. Trump's Allies have attempted to summarize the much wider Russian study with the dossier and have increased their attacks when special counsel Robert S. Mueller III concluded that while the campaign welcomed and expected to benefit from Russia's election interference, the evidence did not show any conspiracy.
Investigators working for Mr. Horowitz, has testified whether the FBI properly opened the Russia study and how the agency handled a few informants, including Steele, whose work was funded by Mrs Clinton's presidential campaign and the democratic national committee. Reuters first reported the investigator's interview with Mr Steele.
In August 2016, a month before agents in the Russia study, Steele dossier received that they had already started discussions with the Ministry of Justice to seek a wiretap order directed at Mr. Page, according to people familiar with the study timeline. Agents identified Mr. Page as a potential channel between the campaign and Moscow, if any were because he had close business relations with Russia, traveled there in July after joining the campaign and had been targeted as a potential recruitment of Russian intelligence agents in 2013 – not yet worried when the FBI spoke to him about it.
Still, the arrival of the dossier in September came to the discussions on whether to seek a wiretap order in a higher gear, according to people familiar with the Russia study. By adding additional weight to their reasons to be suspicious of Mr. Page, Steele's information helps officials overcome bureaucratic aversion due to fears that any leakage of the existence of such a wiretap would be politically radioactive.