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'The Steele Dossier Absolutely Rings True to Me': Retired Lt. Colonel Explains Why Putin Is Lying About Russian Spying

"What is it going to take for Trump supporters to accept the fact, the apparent fact that Trump is indebted to Vladimir Putin?"

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The Steele Dossier is once again making headlines after President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The reason is simple: Trump's fondness for and defense of Putin, despite the reams of evidence that he is an adversary of the United States and that he interfered in the 2016 election, was on display, raising the question of why. The so-called "Steel Dossier." compiled by former British intelligent agent Christopher Steele, provides an explanation: Trump and his associates had an extensive relationship with Russia for years prior to the election, during which time the president was cultivated as a political asset, and Russian officials obtained compromising material on him.

At their joint press conference, Putin seemed to brush off the idea that he has a "kompromat" on Trump — without denying it outright.

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Speaking with CNN's Anderson Cooper Monday night, retired Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters explained why he thinks it is, in fact, likely that the Russians have compromising material on the president.

"What is it going to take for Trump supporters to accept the fact, the apparent fact that Trump is indebted to Vladimir Putin?" Peters asked. "We have a president who appears not merely willing but eager to compromise our security, to betray our national interests, to betray our country. As I've said for over a year, year and a half, as a former intelligence officer, the Steele dossier absolutely rings true to me in all of its major details."

He continued: "And Putin again today in an interview pulled this stunt about or his line about, 'Oh, you think we spy on everybody? We don't have the manpower.' If you go to Moscow on a business trip, an official trip, a semi-official trip, even if you are the gopher, they're spying on you. The Russian security services essentially buy lottery tickets in mass. They've got a file on everybody who passes through. And with Donald Trump, they hit the lottery hugely. and I believe as an American who really cares about this country that we have a president who is betraying us."

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.