The former British spy who authored a controversial memo about President Trump also wrote a later memo, in November 2016, alleging that the Kremlin blocked former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) from being named secretary of state, The New Yorker reports.
Romney, a Trump critic, was in brief talks to become secretary of state after Trump was elected. He was ultimately passed over for former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, a decision that was received well by Moscow.
The former spy, Christopher Steele, claimed in his November memo that a "senior Russian official" had told him a concerning rumor about Trump's decision against Romney that was circulating in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
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"As fantastical as the memo sounds," The New Yorker adds, "subsequent events could be said to support it." Read more about them here.
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