In January 2017 former MI6 officer Christopher Steele published his explosive dossier, alleging that the Kremlin has been “cultivating, supporting and assisting” Donald Trump for years and that the president of the USA could be susceptible to blackmail. It created shockwaves in Washington and led to what could be one of the biggest political scandals of our time.
Guardian foreign correspondent Luke Harding first met Steele in 2016. His new book, Collusion, has been hailed by John Le Carré as “a brilliant piece of work, wonderfully done” and is a New York Times No 1 bestseller. Collusion presents the gripping inside story of the dossier, and draws on evidence from key sources from the intelligence community to build a picture of Trump’s decades-long relationship with Russia. The story involves offshore money, mobsters, a Miss Universe Pageant, money laundering and Kremlin espionage. It sheds light on powerful Russian figures as well as key players in the US camp including the recently indicted Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Does the evidence prove collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government? Will the Mueller investigation lead to more charges and is Trump’s impeachment a possibility? Harding will talk to Mark Rice-Oxley about the latest developments in this fast-moving story.
Running time: 90 minutes, no interval.
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Monday 26 February, 7-8.30pm.