The Clinton Files

Remember the Steele dossier? Sure you do. This was the file that Buzzfeed ran back in January detailing a mix of rumors and innuendo about Trump’s ties to Russia. At the time, it wasn’t clear where this came from. The dossier was compiled by Christopher Steele working for a company called Fusion GPS. But who hired them to compile that dossier?

Turns out: the Clintons.

Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, to conduct the research.

After that, Fusion GPS hired dossier author Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community, according to those people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Elias and his law firm, Perkins Coie, retained the firm in April 2016 on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Prior to that agreement, Fusion GPS’s research into Trump was funded by a still unknown Republican client during the GOP primary.

The Clinton campaign and the DNC, through the law firm, continued to fund Fusion GPS’s research through the end of October 2016, days before Election Day.

So no deep state. No Obama coup. Just the Clintons up to their usual shit, trying to smear their opponent. The Clintons have a long history here, highlighted by things like Alma Powell’s struggles with depression suddenly becoming news, Newt Gingrich’s first divorce morphing into him serving papers to his sick wife, Bush’s DWI arrested coming to light days before the 2000 election, the sudden interest in Jeremiah Wright, Bernie Sanders’ 40-year old essays, etc., etc. The curious thing was that they couldn’t get the media to bite. As I noted in post above, this dossier was shopped around to the media but they refused to run it because so little of it could be verified. Some of it has since been verified (the conversations with Russian officials) but not the more dramatic allegations (financial ties, peeing hookers).

This is just a reminder that while Trump may be a dumpster fire, his opponent was hardly a shining bastion of decency and decorum. The Clintons spent real money trying to get dirt on Trump and then tried to shop around a file containing spectacular but unsubstantiated allegations. They tried to shop around a file so speculative that the media, all of whom hated Trump, refused to touch it. Do we have any doubts as to what Clinton would be doing right now where she in office with the powers of the FBI, NSA and CIA at her disposal?

6 comments:

  1. Thrill

    So no deep state. No Obama coup. Just the Clintons up to their usual shit, trying to smear their opponent.

    Information used in the dossier was used to justify a FISA warrant against Trump’s campaign.  Fake information…paid for by the Clintons…was used to turn Obama’s Justice Department….against the opposing campaign.

    Yes, it does implicate the Obama Administration and Deep State.  This is a huge turn of events in Trump’s favor.  So naturally, he needs to start a feud with another Gold Star family as soon as possible.

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  2. CM

    I thought the research was initially funded by an unnamed anti-Trump Republican donor but the Clinton campaign paid for it to be finished? Is that wrong?

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  3. Hal_10000 *

    Clinton campaign paid for it after the primary, then tried to shop it around to the press, then spent months lying their asses off, claiming they had nothing to do with it.

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  4. Thrill

    Good resource here:

    http://thefederalist.com/2017/10/25/top-10-things-to-know-about-dossier/

    When the news broke that the Clinton campaign and the DNC were admitting partial responsibility for the Russia dossier, journalists acted like they’d presented it as a Clinton campaign operation all along. They also claimed it was initially funded by a Republican.

    Incorrect. There is no evidence that a Republican donor or Republican campaign was ever involved with the Russian dossier. Fusion GPS claimed to reporters (though they did not provide evidence) that a Republican funded separate opposition research on Trump, dealing with his business interests. But as the Washington Post itself reports, the dossier did not exist until after the Democrats hired Fusion GPS

     

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  5. Hal_10000 *

    Thrill, that articles has a very selective reporting of facts. They ignore basically ALL the chatter from multiple intelligence agencies indicating Russia was trying to help Trump, specific allegations against Trump officials, the wikileaks hack, Trump’s known financial ties to Russia, the campaign’s meeting with the Russian lawyer, the confirmation of several specifics within the dossier.  The dossier wasn’t the entire case for Mueller’s investigation.

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