There was collusion during the 2016 presidential election after all! Except it wasn’t Donald Trump’s camp that colluded with foreign agents, but the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid opposition-research firm Fusion GPS for the discredited “Steele dossier” that the Democrats used to promote the narrative that the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.
To this day, there is no still no evidence tying the Trump camp to Russian collusion — after a year of nonstop media and federal investigations.
According to an explosive report by the Washington Post, Fusion GPS hired former British spy Christopher Steele to look into Trump’s real-estate activities in Russia in a bid to tie Trump to Russian operatives.
The Clinton campaign paid Perkins Coie — the law firm of Clinton campaign lawyer Marc E. Elias — a staggering $5.6 million for 18 months of “research” (between June 2015 and December 2016) for dirt on Trump. The DNC separately paid Perkins Coie $3.6 million.
Christopher Steele, who worked in Moscow during his days as an MI6 agent, then compiled the 35-page “Trump dossier” containing inane, salacious allegations whose goal was to smear and embarrass Donald Trump but did not prove he had colluded with Russians.
In January 2017, anti-Trump Senator John McCain turned the dossier over to the FBI despite the fact that it contained no evidence of collusion, but merely smears against President Trump.
The “Steele dossier” was then used by the FBI to launch an investigation into whether the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia during the election.
John McCain just acknowledged that he gave the Trump dossier to the FBI late last year: pic.twitter.com/UXjwQejUBP
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 11, 2017
In January, CNN claimed Russia had a secret “blackmail dossier” on Trump. Leftist website BuzzFeed followed up by publishing the unverified dossier that other media outlets refused to publish because they couldn’t verify any of the allegations.
Buzzfeed even admitted that the claims against Trump were erroneous and unconfirmed: “The allegations are unverified, and the report contains errors.”
BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith confessed: “There is serious reason to doubt the allegations.”
But naturally, the Trump-hating liberal website published the dossier anyway in a cheap bid for page views.
While the left was hoping these unsubstantiated claims would damage Trump, the opposite happened, with both liberal and conservative journalists blasting CNN and BuzzFeed’s shoddy reporting.
While this media circus is going on, keep in mind that U.S. taxpayers have already wasted millions of dollars on an investigation that was jumpstarted by an unsubstantiated dossier than even the anti-Trump mainstream press has discredited.
And liberals wonder why the president trashes today’s “fake news” media.
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