After Mr. Trump emerged as the presumptive nominee in the spring, the Republican interest in financing the effort ended. As a former spy who had carried out espionage inside Russia, Mr. Steele was in no position to travel to Moscow to study Mr. Trump’s connections there. (Mr. Simpson declined to comment for this article, and Mr. Steele did not immediately reply to a request for comment.) But if Mr. Putin and his agents wanted to entangle Mr. Trump using business deals, they did not do it very successfully. Russian intelligence had mounted a complex hacking operation to damage Mrs. Clinton, and a similar operation against Mr. Trump was possible.
Source: New York Times January 12, 2017 02:17 UTC