ACCORDING TO THE WALL STREET JOURNAL’S KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL, CLINTON’S ROLE IN THE FUSION GPS DOSSIER “WAS ONE OF THE DIRTIEST POLITICAL TRICKS IN U.S. HISTORY.” THE CLINTON CAMP WAS NOT ONLY INVOLVED WITH THE DOSSIER’S PROCUREMENT, BUT COMEY’S FBI HAD A SHORT LIVED AGREEMENT TO REIMBURSE THOSE WHO SHELLED OUT FUNDS FOR IT.
The Steele dossier has already become a thing of John le Carré-like intrigue—British spies, Kremlin agents, legal cutouts, hidden bank accounts. What all this obscures is the more immediate point: The dossier amounts to one of the dirtiest tricks in U.S. political history. It was perpetrated by Team Clinton and yielded a vast payoff for Hillary’s campaign.
[…]“Details from the dossier were not reported before Election Day,” ran a recent CNN story. Hillary Clinton herself stressed the point in a recent “Daily Show” appearance. The dossier, she said, is “part of what happens in a campaign where you get information that may or may not be useful and you try to make sure anything you put out in the public arena is accurate. So this thing didn’t come out until after the election, and it’s still being evaluated.”
This is utterly untrue. In British court documents Mr. Steele has acknowledged he briefed U.S. reporters about the dossier in September 2016. Those briefed included journalists from the New York Times, the Washington Post, Yahoo News and others. Mr. Steele, by his own admission (in an interview with Mother Jones), also gave his dossier in July 2016 to the FBI.
[…]To that point, it is fair to ask if the entire Trump-Russia narrative—which has played a central role in our political discourse for a year, and is now resulting in a special counsel issuing unrelated indictments—is based on nothing more than a political smear document. Is there any reason to believe the FBI was probing a Trump-Russia angle before the dossier? Is there any collusion allegation that doesn’t come in some form from the dossier?
The idea that the federal government and a special counsel were mobilized—that American citizens were monitored and continue to be investigated—based on a campaign-funded hit document is extraordinary. Especially given that to this day no one has publicly produced a single piece of evidence to support any of the dossier’s substantive allegations about Trump team members.
So yes, Mrs. Clinton, the dossier—which you paid for—was used in the election. And we are only beginning to understand in how many ways.
As we previously reported, Hillary Clinton recently admitted paying for the opposition research on “The Daily Show” with Trevor Noah.
She also defended it as ‘opposition research’ while saying that Trump possibly talking to the Russians is much worse.
Is that so, Hillary? Talking to Russians isn’t illegal, however; not disclosing payments made for the dossier is, which is why the DNC was hit with an FEC complaint.
Clinton argued that Trump “had to know” that people were reaching out to Russians “in order to help him” and hurt her.
“I mean, he has to know. We’ll find out what he knew and how involved he was, but he had to know that people were making outreach to Russians to the highest levels of the Kremlin, in order to help him, to hurt me, but more importantly to sow this divisiveness,” Clinton asserted.
The banking records may reveal if money changed hands between Fusion GPS and Veselnitskaya, which would further thicken a plot that would make the late author Tom Clancy blush.