Well, investigative reporter Michael Isikoff finally admits what many have already suspected: the Trump Dossier isn’t backed up with solid evidence and the most salacious and outrageous allegations are likely false. So, it’s mostly unverifiable. And yet, there are allegations that it was used to secure spy warrants against former Trump campaign officials, like Carter Page. Isikoff said that ex-MI6 spook Christopher Steele had some good leads, but the evidence is just not there (via USA Today):
A reporter, who was among the first to report on former British intelligence agent Michael Steele’s dossier alleging ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, said in an interview some of the dossier’s “more sensational allegations” are “likely false.”
Michael Isikoff, the chief investigative correspondent for Yahoo News, said Saturday during an interview on conservative commentator John Ziegler's "Free Speech Broadcasting" podcast that "Steele was clearly onto something" in his probe into the campaign's Russian connection but evidence has not surfaced to support some of his specific assertions.
Steele was correct to suspect "that there was a major Kremlin effort to interfere in our elections, that they were trying to help Trump's campaign, and that there were multiple contacts between various Russian figures close to the government and various people in the Trump campaign," Isikoff said.
But he said when "you actually get into the details of the Steele dossier, the specific allegations, we have not seen the evidence to support them, and, in fact, there's good grounds to think that some of the more sensational allegations will never be proven and are likely false."
"It's a mixed record at best," he said.
We know Russia interfered in our election. Was it in collusion with the Trump campaign? There is zero evidence to support that claim, and as we enter year two of these allegations, the evidence is still lacking. It’s rapidly becoming a comical witch-hunt. Still, the investigation will go on because a) it’s political suicide for Trump to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is heading the probe; b) the Democrats are still obsessed with it; and c) even Republicans have questions about the investigation in which some institutions, like the FBI, haven’t been as forthcoming according to some lawmakers.
So, even as the nothing burgers pile up with this inquiry, as long as Trump is president, the liberal media remains operational, and the Democratic Party remains functional—the Russian investigation will continue.