Failed Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, the same woman responsible for funding the discredited Russian-sourced Steele dossier used to trigger the Russia probe, posted an inflammatory tweet Thursday accusing the president of asking “a foreign power to interfere in the 2020 election for his own political gain.”
“Make sure your family and friends see the evidence for themselves: The president asked a foreign power to interfere in the 2020 election for his own political gain,” she wrote. “Americans deserve free and fair elections. He must be held accountable.”
In response, award-winning Wall Street Journal editorialist Kimberley Strassel effectively pummeled Clinton by reminding her of some inexorable truths.
Make sure your family and friends see the evidence for themselves:
The president asked a foreign power to interfere in the 2020 election for his own political gain.
Americans deserve free and fair elections. He must be held accountable. https://t.co/ul8GzrsOKG
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 12, 2019
Make sure family and friends see IG report: Clinton didn’t just invite foreign influence in 2016; she paid for it. Her team funneled Russian dossier lies to the FBI, for her political gain. Americans deserve free and fair elections. If only press would hold her accountable. https://t.co/1CGlB6DHlN
— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) December 13, 2019
As of Saturday morning, Clinton’s tweet boasted a notable ratio of 25,000+ comments, many of them scathing, to 18,000 retweets. Strassel’s tweet meanwhile boasted a reverse ratio of 1,800 comments, the vast majority of them in agreement, to 20,000 retweets.
Why such a discrepancy? Because Clinton’s tweet contained a spurious conspiracy theory, while Strassel’s tweet consisted of abject realities.
Though the claim that President Donald Trump asked a foreign power, Ukraine, to interfere in next year’s election forms the basis of congressional Democrats’ impeachment narrative, it remains a wholly unproven conspiracy theory — one potentially debunked by a vast array of counter-evidence.
In a July 25th phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the president broached valid concerns about two vital matters: Proven 2016 election interference by certain Ukrainian officials, and unconfirmed corruption by former Vice President Joe Biden.
Responding to reports that Biden had – as the vice president – used a $1 billion quid pro quo threat to force the Ukrainian government to oust a prosecutor who just happened to be investigating the firm where his son, Hunter, worked, the president asked Zelensky in the July 25th call to look further into these allegations and confirm whether they bore merit.
Congressional Democrats have framed this otherwise benign request as a malicious mob-like threat designed to affect the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. And this framing has more often than not involved outright lying about it.
During the House Intelligence Committee’s first impeachment hearing last month, committee chair Adam Schiff “improvised” (i.e., made up) whole segments of the call.
“‘You better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand, lots of it,’” he said as he purported to reenact what the president had said to the Ukrainian president during the July 25th call.
Except for the president never said that or anything like it.
Read the transcript of the call for yourself below:
Despite Schiff being excoriated for his “parody,” as he called it, it appears Clinton bought his “make up dirt on my political opponent” shtick hook, line, and sinker.
It’s ironic given the damning evidence regarding Clinton’s own highly successful attempts to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
During the election, Clinton hired the opposition-research firm Fusion GPS to dig up information on then-GOP nominee Trump. The firm, in turn, contracted Christopher Steele, a former British spy, to perform the actual digging. And for this digging, Steele reportedly turned to his contacts within the Russian government.
Strassel explained everything in a column for the Journal earlier this week.
“The Federal Bureau of Investigation has had its worst week in modern history,” she wrote in a column published Thursday, three days after the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his damning report on the Russia probe.
“The Justice Department’s inspector general found that the bureau had deceived a federal court and abused Americans’ civil liberties. It was equally humiliating for the crew that gulled the FBI into its excesses: Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele and their media acolytes. Fusion is the opposition-research firm the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign hired in 2016 to kneecap Donald Trump.”
“Fusion in turn hired Mr. Steele, a British former spy, to compile the infamous ‘dossier’ that the FBI used to obtain surveillance warrants against former Trump aide Carter Page. Fusion co-founder Glenn Simpson, a onetime Wall Street Journal reporter, tapped a network of media buddies to provide the operation cover.”
As she noted, the dossier, funded by Clinton, was used by the administration of then-President Barack Hussein Obama to obtain potentially illegal surveillance warrants on then-GOP nominee Trump’s campaign operatives.
“The unverified, shoddy Steele dossier — which some intelligence officials have come to believe was rife with Russian anti-Trump disinformation — was, in fact, crucial to FISA applications against Carter Page,” Fox News’ Guy Benson noted in his own column Tuesday.
Combined, all these efforts — from the procurement of the dossier to its funneling to the FBI and its eventual use as the basis for a FISA warrant — eventually led to the formation of special counsel Robert Mueller’s since-failed investigation into Russian collusion, which some Republicans have long accused of being a plot to oust Trump from office.
Taken together, these findings prove the claim that Clinton’s “team funneled Russian dossier lies to the FBI, for her political gain” to be 100 percent true.
Clinton’s claim meanwhile remains a conspiracy theory — as do many of her other dubious assertions.
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