President Trump’s longtime bodyguard reportedly shared intimate details this week about a trip to Russia in 2013, as he was grilled by the House Intelligence Committee during a four-hour hearing.
NBC News posted a summary of testimony given by bodyguard Keith Schiller, based on feedback from three sources who they say were present during the closed-door hearing on Tuesday.
Schiller, one of President Trump’s closest confidants and longtime allies, was responding to questions about the infamous 35-page dossier written by former British spy Christopher Steele, which includes salacious and unfounded claims, and alleges that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
Questioning during Tuesday’s hearing included details about a 2013 trip to Moscow for a Miss Universe pageant.
CNN reported Tuesday that Schiller denied the salacious claims in the dossier, but the network did not provide specific details about the hearing.
NBC published an article Thursday afternoon, claiming that its sources said Schiller admitted that, after a business meeting before the Miss Universe Pageant, a Russian operative “offered to send five women to Donald Trump’s hotel room” but the offer was instantly declined.
Schiller reportedly said he viewed the offer as a joke and immediately told the Russian: “We don’t do that type of stuff.” Later that night, NBC reported that Schiller said he told Trump about the conversation with the Russian as they were walking back to his hotel room, and after they both laughed about it, Trump went to his room – alone.
In response to the outlandish claims in the dossier, including an allegation that Trump had met with prostitutes in Russia, NBC reported, “Schiller described his reaction to that story as being, ‘Oh, my God, that’s bull—-.'”
Schiller served as director of Oval Official operations until he resigned from the job in September. He is reported to have worked for Trump since at least 1999 and was his security director beginning in 2004.
In a statement, Schiller’s lawyer said “the versions of Mr. Schiller’s testimony being leaked to the press are blatantly false and misleading. “
“We are appalled by the leaks that are coming from partisan insiders from the House Intelligence Committee,” said Stuart Sears. “It is outrageous that the very Committee that is conducting an investigation into leaks — purportedly in the public interest — is itself leaking information and defaming cooperative witnesses like Mr. Schiller. The Chairman and Ranking Member should investigate and hold accountable whoever is responsible for leaking false and misleading versions of Mr. Schiller’s testimony. This conduct is indefensible and calls into question the credibility and motives of the Committee’s investigation.”
BREAKING: Trump bodyguard testifies Russian offered Trump women, was turned down https://t.co/4xGG0GcMFR
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) November 9, 2017
Addressing dossier allegations, former Trump bodyguard reportedly testified that Russian offered to “send five women” to Trump’s Moscow hotel room, but was rejected. https://t.co/a90tS8nYUd
— Axios (@axios) November 9, 2017
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