The original allegations by Fusion GPS and former British spy Christopher Steele — paid for by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Clinton campaign — were that the Trump campaign had helped Russia hack the DNC emails and put them on Wikileaks. The dossier, which did not name its sources, produced no evidence to support its contentions. Nonetheless the Obama Justice Department used the dossier to get a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court warrant to spy on the Trump campaign.
After Trump won the election, the Justice Department doubled and tripled down on its investigation, setting the stage to carry it over in the Trump administration after he was sworn into office in Jan. 2017.
All to prove what we now know was a lie, produced by the Clinton campaign to give it a talking point on the campaign trail, and then dangled as some means of delegitimizing the election of President Trump and ultimately somehow unseating him.
Now, more than a year into Trump’s presidency and almost a year into Mueller’s investigation, the collusion narrative has fallen to pieces as the American people learned of the political origins of the investigation and the absolute political perversion of the U.S. national security apparatus and FISA court.
We still know almost nothing about who Steele’s sources were — if they even existed. Did they represent Russian government interests? If so, then apparently it was the Clinton campaign and then, ironically, the FBI that coordinated with Russian intelligence operatives to undermine the election and then our democratic system as a whole.
On the other hand, so far, nobody has named any Russian government officials used by Steele that the public can evaluate to determine if they were in a position to know the things the dossier alleges they knew. As the dossier is written, it offers second and third-hand unverifiable accounts. It had Trump in a Moscow hotel room with prostitutes at a beauty pageant in 2013. It had a former Trump campaign advisor going to Moscow in 2016 on instructions of then-campaign manager Paul Manafort to work on the Wikileaks disclosures. It had Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen traveling to Prague afterward to deal with the fallout of the conspiracy. The latter of these was directly proven to be inaccurate based upon passport and other verified documentation.
Was any of it real, or was the nation deliberately led down a false trail?
As a result, the credibility of the investigation, and federal investigators, is in tatters. This witch hunt was initiated under false pretenses. And anything that comes out of it will forever be tainted as being fruit from a poisoned tree: A politically engineered national security investigation into the opposition party during an election year.
When the original collusion couldn’t be proven, the President’s opponents tried to “move on” to a different narrative that Trump had somehow obstructed the tainted investigation by professing his innocence and attempting to lead the country forward.
In the meantime, there was no collusion. There was no obstruction.
This big lie was every bit as evil as Nazi attempts in the 1930s to label Jews and others in Germany as foreign collaborators. When political parties and opponents demonstrate over and over again that they have absolutely no ethics, no honesty, and no principles, as Democrats continue to confirm for us, there are really no bounds to the lengths such people will go to. We’ve seen this throughout the entire political career of the Clintons, and we saw it during the two terms of the pathetic, scandal-ridden Obama administration.
So, here it is, for those still deluding themselves: There is no Trump-Russia collusion and there never was any. Donald Trump won the election. He is the President. And he is going to serve out his term and probably even win another four-year term after that. Grow up and get over it.
[From an article by Robert Romano published by DAILYTORCH.COM]
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NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis