Clinton and the Democrats Paid for That Russia Dossier Incriminating Trump

Clinton and the Democrats Paid for That Russia Dossier Incriminating Trump October 26, 2017
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A “blockbuster” story in the Washington Post has revealed that the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign paid some $9 million to link President Trump with Russia.
Do you remember that “dossier” purporting to be an intelligence document that gave evidence  that Russia was tied to Donald Trump’s campaign and controlled him by holding over his head some damaging information, which the document described in salacious detail?
The document was published by BuzzFeed (which I refuse to link to, though you can easily find it yourself), but professional journalists were unable to verify its claims, found it highly questionable, and refrained from making it public.  They did find that the “dossier” was prepared by a former British spy, Christopher Steele.
The Post story found that the dossier was the work of an opposition research firm called Fusion GPS.  The connection to the Democrats was through an attorney named Marc Elias.  Funneling dirty tricks money through a lawyer is a classic tactic, says David French, since if the nefarious details are found out, the players are protected by attorney-client privilege.
Furthermore, Elias, the Democratic operatives, the Clinton campaign staff, and Hillary Clinton herself lied about their role in the memo!
The Democrats reportedly circulated the memo widely, including to President Obama, who put the FBI on the case.
French, who is no fan of Trump, observes that the media knows to be skeptical about opposition research releases.  This one disguised its origins and purported to be an “intelligence report,” complete with an official-looking format.
The story, written by investigative reporters  is entitled Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier.  See also Mollie Hemingway’s 10 facts that we now know about the dossier.
True, as Democrats are saying, these revelations do not dispel all of the alleged Russia connections, but they expose the duplicity, hypocrisy, and dirty politics of the Democratic establishment, all of which looks like an episode of the House of Cards.

Photo of Kevin Spacey as President Frank Underwood in House of Cards by Marcos Gasparutti, via Flickr, Creative Commons License
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