Untangling the Russian Ties in Washington

When the Washington Post reported that the infamous “Russia dossier” was partly funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee conservatives took note while the left turned a blind eye. However, this is not a story that will go away.

The dossier’s unsubstantiated claims have provided the basis for mainstream media’s treatment of the president and fueled multiple investigations. The result is that the Russian influence issue is all but too confusing for the average citizen. One has to wonder if the intent from the beginning was to ensure that even if Trump won the battle of the election he would lose the war of being able to serve effectively as president.

Here are eight important facts to consider.

1. All Roads lead back to Fusion GPS.

Donald Trump Jr. met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016 because she claimed to have access to damaging information about the Clinton campaign. Just hours before that Veselnitskaya met with Fusion co-founder and ex-Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson at a Manhattan federal courtroom.

Bank records show that Fusion GPS was employed by a law firm to work on behalf of Russian interests. The same firm paid former British spy Christopher Steele to use his Russian contacts to find damaging information about then-candidate Trump. Steele’s supposed findings became the basis for the Russia/Trump narrative that has dominated the mainstream news media for almost a year.

2. Sources of key claims in the dossier were Russian officials.

3. The Russian dossier was Funded Solely by Democrats.

Jake Tapper of CNN and others in the media presented the revelation of a Russian dossier as partially funded by Republicans. In truth, the dossier did not exist before Democrats contracted with Fusion GPS. The firm later told reporters that a Republican-funded separate opposition research on Trump’s dealings with his business interests but never provided any evidence to their claim.

4. The dossier is demonstrably false.

No less than former acting CIA director and Hillary Clinton supporter Michael Morrell said the dossier was suspect:

‘Then I asked myself, why did these guys provide this information, what was their motivation? … And that kind of worries me a little bit because if you’re paying somebody, particularly former [Russian Federal Security Service] officers, they are going to tell you truth and innuendo and rumor, and they’re going to call you up and say, ‘Hey, let’s have another meeting, I have more information for you,’ because they want to get paid some more.’” Morrell said.

5. The FBI paid for the dossier.

The Bureau has consistently resisted any oversight from Congressional committees looking into its role in funding and use of the dossier. Some question whether the FBI might be shown to have misled a FISA court judge about the trustworthiness of the dossier.

6. The dossier was used as a basis for wiretaps on American citizens.

The FBI used false and misleading information provided by top Russian intelligence officials as its basis for spying on the Republican Party’s campaign.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan backs House Intelligence Committee efforts to learn more about FBI’s handling of the dossier.

7. Fusion GPS’ ties to media are problematic.

Fusion GPS has a track record of placing positive stories with unquestioning reporters while at the same time resisting the attempts of congressional investigators to find the course of the group’s funding and its close ties with Russia.

8. The Steele dossier was a Clinton/DNC-funded operation supported by the FBI and influenced heavily by Russian operatives.

The Democratic National Party, the Clinton campaign, the DNC, and the FBI have all worked either wittingly or unwittingly with Russians to cloud the results of the 2016 presidential election. These groups did not merely have fact-finding meetings with Russian interests but paid for disinformation with the sole purpose of harming Trump.

Fusion GPS has close ties with Russian interest and used those ties to seek to discredit then-candidate Donald Trump. To muddy the waters more it has been proven that the DNC and the Clinton campaign paid for that research.

These actions forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself for the crime of having served as a surrogate for the Trump campaign and gave birth to Robert Mueller and his ever-widening probe. All this based on the tangled web of purposefully false information.

~ American Liberty Report