Special Counsel Robert Mueller has submitted his report. President Trump has been vindicated on the charges of Russian collusion and now it’s time to hold everyone who peddled this myth to be torched mercilessly. A lot of us already knew this collusion narrative was trash. A lot of us got that when zero evidence was found to corroborate such an explosive claim. Over 2,500 subpoenas were issued and 500 witnesses were interviewed. No collusion was found. None. As such, Mueller’s report also exposed the so-called Trump dossier as a complete fabrication. It was largely unverified. Now, it’s total garbage and yet, it was used as a point of reference for scores of anti-Trump liberals hoping that the Russian collusion narrative would be enough to impeach the president.
And who were the main offenders for pushing the Russian collusion myth? Well, apparently, a high-levels source told Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) that former CIA Director John Brennan was key in citing the Trump dossier in intelligence reports. Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner has more:
Sen. Rand Paul escalated his demand for an investigation into former Obama officials who “concocted” the anti-Trump Russia scandal, revealing that former CIA Director John Brennan was the key figure who legitimized the charges and discredited “dossier” against the president.
In a tweet, he said that he heard from a high level source that Brennan helped to validate the “dossier” in intelligence reports.
“A high-level source tells me it was Brennan who insisted that the unverified and fake Steele dossier be included in the Intelligence Report ... Brennan should be asked to testify under oath in Congress ASAP,” he tweeted.
In an earlier tweet Wednesday, Paul called for wide investigation into former President Barack Obama and his team. “Time for Congress to investigate. What did President Obama know and when? How did this hoax go on for so long unabated?”
The dossier was a piece of opposition research funded by the Clinton campaign and compiled by former MI6 spook Christopher Steele. This document could be the alleged insurance policy against a Trump presidency that disgraced FBI Agent Peter Strzok and bureau lawyer Lisa Page. Page and Strzok sent tens of thousands f texts during their extramarital affair, most of which were anti-Trump. Strzok was a key person in the Hillary Clinton email probe and signed off on the counterintelligence investigation into Russian collusion that was eventually taken over by Special Counsel Mueller after FBI Director James Comey was fired in May of 2017.
This dossier was also reportedly used to secure a FISA spy warrant against Trump’s former foreign policy adviser, Carter Page. This piece of fiction cost millions in taxpayer dollars, mass hysteria in the media, and the destruction of people’s lives and reputation. The Wall Street Journal editorial board rightfully called for those who concocted this hoax to be investigated:
The dossier was concocted in spring 2016 by oppo-research firm Fusion GPS, and financed by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Fusion hired former British spy Christopher Steele to compile sensational claims, based on anonymous Russian sources, that Donald Trump was compromised by Russian intelligence.
M. Steele used his intelligence contacts to get the dossier to an Obama State Department official and the FBI. Fusion GPS chief Glenn Simpson funneled it to the FBI through Justice Department employee Bruce Ohr, and even planted it directly with former FBI general counsel James Baker via Mother Jones reporter David Corn.
All of this should have set off FBI klaxon bells. Mr. Baker has told Congress the FBI was wary of the dossier’s provenance, but FBI Director Jim Comey and his team nonetheless made the dossier a central feature of their unprecedented counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign in July 2016.
That included using the dossier’s allegations as part of its application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for a wiretap warrant in October 2016 against former Trump aide Carter Page. The FBI obscured for the court the damning information it had about Mr. Simpson’s political paymasters. Mr. Comey has testified that the FBI targeted at least four Trump-related individuals.
Mr. Mueller’s conclusion that there was no collusion suggests that he was not able to verify the dossier’s claims, and there needs to be a reckoning. The country has endured two years of angst and controversy based on a politically motivated invention financed by the Clinton campaign and promoted by former Obama CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
The Justice Department Inspector General is investigating, and so should prosecutors. Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham is promising hearings, and he should put this entire crowd under oath. The Steele dossier looks like one of the nastiest dirty tricks in political history, and its authors and promoters should be held accountable.
Now, the real investigation begins…and we should hope that the heads of these clowns who pushed this collusion trash roll