Almost a 12 months to the day since Donald Trump’s election victory, particulars about the allegations within the so-called “pee tape” file might be set to emerge, as Keith Schiller, the president’s former longtime bodyguard, shall be interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee a few 2013 journey his boss took to Moscow.
The journey is on the coronary heart of essentially the most salacious and scrutinized claims within the file, which alleges that Russia coordinated with Trump’s marketing campaign to badist him get elected.
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Given that Schiller has been certainly one of Trump’s closest confidants since he started working for the true property magnate in 1999, congressional investigators’ questions are prone to give attention to the extra private elements of the file. In explicit, that 2013 journey throughout the Miss Universe Pageant would be the topic of questions from the committee, based on The Washington Post.
Famously, the file, which was compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, claims that on his Moscow journey Trump employed prostitutes to urinate on a resort room mattress as soon as slept on by President Barack Obama and first girl Michelle Obama. The room was stated to have been bugged, with a videotape of the incident within the possession of Russia’s FSB safety company, successfully giving the Russian authorities leverage over the president. The declare led to Steele’s findings being given the casual title of the “pee tape” file or “golden shower” file.
Trump has dismissed the file as “fake” and “totally made-up stuff” and even addressed essentially the most salacious allegation, stating at a press convention in January that “I’m also very much of a germaphobe, by the way, believe me.” Trump additionally claimed that the incident couldn’t have occurred as a result of he at all times warned those that accompanied him on overseas journeys to pay attention to hidden cameras.
President Donald Trump listens to Director of Oval Office Operations Keith Schiller as he prepares to go away after welcoming the Clemson Tigers, the 2016 NCAA Football National Champions, on the White House on June 12. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images
The president has confirmed that Schiller was with him on that journey and has claimed that his bodyguard was mystified by the file’s allegations of what transpired.
“Keith was there,” Trump advised The New York Times in July. “He said, ‘What kind of crap is this?’ I went there for one day for the Miss Universe contest, I turned around, I went back. It was so disgraceful. It was so disgraceful.”
Schiller continued to work intently with Trump as head of Oval Office operations till he left the job in August. While he will not be below oath Tuesday and his testimony will be behind closed doorways, making false statements to Congress may be punished by as much as 5 years in jail.
Although dismissed by Trump, the file has been taken extra significantly by investigators since coming to the FBI’s consideration final 12 months. Special counsel Robert Mueller is now main the investigation into it and just lately met with its writer. The founders of the intelligence firm that commissioned Steele, Fusion GPS, have additionally been subpoenaed to seem on Capitol Hill, though they’ve refused to offer testimony.