Oops. It wasn’t the dossier after all.
Now that the dossier implicates the Democrats and the DNC they have to change the subject. They need a new straw dog to distract. Look over here – It was Papadopoulos. Pay no attention to the dossier.
The term Fake News just doesn’t do it justice. It’s all Bull. It’s leftist propaganda driven by the media representing the Democrats and radical left wing groups funded by those intent on reversing the shattering defeat they suffered in 2016 with election of President Donald Trump.
Trump Russia collusion, the Mueller investigation, the dirty dossier, the cover ups, and the entire anti Trump hysteria is nothing more than bunch of fabrications, innuendo, and groundless allegations. It’s all Bull.
Liberal leaders back away from anti-Trump dossier
By Rowan Scarborough – The Washington Times – Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Washington’s liberal establishment suddenly is running from the Democratic Party’s Russia dossier, which for months was fodder for Democrats to hurl charges against President Trump and his campaign.
A new liberal narrative has arisen since Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, launched a probe to find out who funded the salacious, unverified dossier and how the FBI used it against Trump people.
Mr. Nunes, California Republican, flushed out in federal court that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee funded the dossier, moving money to a law firm and then to the opposition research firm Fusion GPS. Fusion then paid British ex-spy Christopher Steele, who in turn paid his Kremlin sources.
Next, the committee learned that the FBI has been unable to confirm any of the dossier’s core Trump-Russia collusion charges 17 months after it began receiving Mr. Steele’s memos.
Since then, liberals have been demoting the dossier.
Last week, The New York Times published a report asserting the dossier never triggered the collusion probe now being conducted by three congressional committees and special counsel Robert Mueller.
Instead, the Times said, the probe was sparked by former Trump campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos bragging in a London bar that he had heard Russia had thousands of Clinton emails.
This report contradicted a lengthy story the Times ran in April 2017. That story said another Trump volunteer, Carter Page, was “a catalyst” for the probe by giving a public speech in Moscow in July 2016. The story did not mention any other Trump campaign figure.
Mr. Page’s trip was noted by Mr. Steele, who made bribery charges against the energy investor in the dossier. Mr. Page has denied meeting with Kremlin figures identified by Mr. Steele, and there is no public evidence to support the bribery charge.
Congressional sources speculated that FBI supporters are pushing the Papadopoulos narrative to draw attention from the bureau’s reliance on the dossier.
Downplaying the dossier now seems to be a liberal talking point.
Rep. Jim Himes, Connecticut Democrat and a House intelligence committee member, said Wednesday on CNN: “There may very well be errors in the dossier. It is not finished intelligence. It is a collection of information that would not pass muster with the CIA or the FBI. But there are still very many open questions about some of the allegations in that dossier.
“But the point is, of course, the FBI did not rely exclusively on that dossier in order to open the investigation.” Mr. Himes said.
CNN has been one of the dossier’s biggest journalistic boosters, writing that some of its charges have been verified but not providing exact details of who, when and where.
Mr. Himes’ downplaying stands in contrast to how several of his colleagues embraced the document, especially at a March 2017 House intelligence hearing.
The committee’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, read its charges into the record and praised Mr. Steele.
Another Democrat seemed to endorsed the salacious dossier charge that Mr. Trump met with prostitutes at the Moscow Ritz-Carlton in 2013.
Rep. Joaquin Castro, Texas Democrat, vouched for Mr. Steele.
“The reputation of the author, Christopher Steele, is a former accomplished British intelligence officer with a career built on following Russia is important,” Mr. Castro said. “This is not someone who doesn’t know how to run a source and not someone without contacts. The allegations it raises about President Trump’s campaign aides’ connections to Russians, when overlaid with known established facts and timelines from the 2016 campaign, are very revealing.”
He added: “The dossier definitely seems right on these points. A quid pro quo relationship seems to exist between the Trump campaign and [President Vladimir] Putin’s Russia.”
Congressional sources say that, rather than a single trigger, there was likely a confluence of events that prompted the FBI to the start its counterintelligence probe in late July 2016.
One event would be the fact that on July 22 Wikileaks began releasing thousands of Democrat Party emails. The dump came about a month after the DNC said it has been hacked by the Russians.
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