The seemingly endless saga of the Trump dossier took a dramatic turn this past week and each day seems to bring ever more evidence of collusion within the Obama Administration and the Deep State.
The good news is that the dossier has now been completely debunked as unverified derogatory opposition research, aimed at crippling the Trump campaign in 2016. The bad news is that the dossier scandal now implicates Republicans as well as Deep State operatives who colluded against our President. The scandal is so pervasive it is hard to image how any governmental agency could independently investigate and unravel the vast conspiracy to undermine our President.
Here’s what we know:
*The Clinton Campaign and the Democrat National Committee paid a commercial firm, Fusion GPS, to dig up dirt on then-candidate Trump back in mid-2016. It didn’t matter if the information was true or not, so long as it was believable. Ex-UK spy Michael Steele put the dossier together under contract from Fusion GPS.
*In July 2016, FBI Director Jim Comey was pressured not to indict candidate Clinton for her role in recklessly exposing national secrets to foreign powers. Not coincidentally, the same month he opened up an investigation into the Trump campaign’s involvement with Russians. Within 30 days, the dossier came into FBI hands courtesy of the DNC and Clinton campaign.
*To further damage the Trump campaign, the dossier was offered directly to the Washington Post, the New York Times, and CNN. UK spy Michael Steele met with each of these news organizations twice in the late summer of 2016 to achieve widespread release of the salacious material.
*Republican John McCain became involved in peddling the dossier to the FBI when he attended a Canadian conference in late 2016, after President Trump had been elected. (Note- the FBI already had the dossier from another undisclosed source.) McCain directed his staff to research the dossier and to turn it over to the FBI in early 2017.
*When Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from involvement in the Department of Justice (DOJ) probe of alleged Trump campaign collusion with the Russians, his deputy appointed Robert Mueller as a Special Counsel. Mueller’s team was loaded up with numerous FBI and other officials who had striking conflicts of interest. Peter Strzok had direct Clinton Campaign ties as did Lisa Page, both of whom were dismissed weeks ago from the Mueller team. This past week another DOJ official on the Mueller team, Bruce Ohr, was unmasked as having ties to the Steele dossier and whose wife worked for Fusion GPS. These deep state ties are more than troubling- they are very likely criminal.
Clearly, the DOJ has too little integrity at the top to accomplish a thorough investigation into all of this related unethical activity. The Clinton Uranium One scandal (involving DOJ and FBI staff), overlaps with the Benghazi intelligence debacle, the Clinton email scandal, and the fake Trump dossier scandal. These scandals involve most of the senior FBI and DOJ staff who comprise major roles in the Deep State. It almost seems hopeless that anyone short of a disinterested Special Counsel or a major House Intelligence Committee probe might set the record straight by shedding public light on all the Deep State activity.
Time will tell whether the Trump Administration can muster enough traction and sufficient loyalists to expose all of this Deep State activity. In the interim, hopefully the Congress will provide cover for our President, keeping the Deep State in check as it investigates corruption at the highest levels in the DOJ and FBI.