2017-07-12 15:32:02 UTC
July 11, 2017
The Washington Times
While the mainstream news media hunts for evidence of Trump-Russia
collusion, the public record shows that Democrats have willfully used
Moscow disinformation to influence the presidential election against
Donald Trump and attack his administration.
The disinformation came in the form of a Russian-fed dossier written by
former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele. It contains a
series of unverified criminal charges against Mr. Trumps campaign
aides, such as coordinating Moscows hacking of Democratic Party
Some Democrats have widely circulated the discredited information. Mr.
Steele was paid by the Democrat-funded opposition research firm Fusion
GPS with money from a Hillary Clinton backer. Fusion GPS distributed
the dossier among Democrats and journalists. The information fell into
the hands of the FBI, which used it in part to investigate Mr. Trumps
Mr. Steele makes clear that his unproven charges came almost
exclusively from sources linked to the Kremlin and Russian President
Vladimir Putin. He identified his sources as a senior Russian Foreign
Ministry figure, a former top level Russian intelligence officer
active inside the Kremlin, a senior Kremlin official and a senior
Russian government official.
The same Democrats who have condemned Russias election interference
via plying fake news and hacking email servers have quoted freely from
the Steele anti-Trump memos derived from creatures of the Kremlin.
In other words, there is public evidence of significant, indirect
collusion between Democrats and Russian disinformation, a Trump
If anyone colluded with the Russians, it was the Democrats, said a
former Trump campaign adviser who asked not to be identified because of
the pending investigations. After all, theyve routinely shopped
around false claims from the debunked Steele dossier, which listed
sources including senior Kremlin officials. If anyone should be
investigated in Washington, it ought to be Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell,
Mark Warner and their staffers.
That is a reference to Rep. Adam B. Schiff of California, the top
Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; Sen.
Mark R. Warner, Virginia Democrat and vice chairman of the Senate
Select Committee on Intelligence; and Rep. Eric Swalwell, a California,
Democrat on the House intelligence panel.
By his own admission, Mr. Steeles work has proved unreliable.
As first reported by The Washington Times on April 25, Mr. Steele filed
a document in a sealed court case in London acknowledging that a major
dossier charge about hacking Democrats computers was unverified. The
entire dossier never should have been made public and Fusion GPS should
not have passed it around, Mr. Steele said in a filing defending
himself against a libel charge.
About Carter Page
Other dossier targets vehemently deny the dirt thrown by the Kremlin
Mr. Steeles Russian sources accused Mr. Trumps attorney, Michael
Cohen, of attending a meeting with Russian agents in Prague to cover up
their role in Moscows hacking. Mr. Cohen has said he has never been to
Prague and was in California at the time.
One of the main targets of Mr. Steeles Russian sources is Carter Page,
who lived and worked in Moscow as a Merrill Lynch investor. He had
loose ties to the Trump campaign as a foreign policy adviser and
Mr. Steeles Russian sources accused Mr. Page of a series of crimes:
teaming up with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort to help
Russia hack Democratic computers, meeting in Moscow with two Putin
cronies to plot against Mrs. Clinton and working out a shady brokerage
deal with a Russian oligarch.
Mr. Page told The Washington Times that he has never met Mr. Manafort,
knew nothing about Russian hacking when it was happening, never met the
two Russians named by Mr. Steele and never completed the supposed
The dossier accusations against Mr. Page surfaced during the campaign
in a Yahoo News story, citing not Mr. Steele but intelligence sources.
It then went out on the U.S. governments Voice of America.
In the meantime, the Clinton campaign used the Yahoo story to attack
Mr. Trump: Hillary for America Statement on Bombshell Report About
Trump Aides Chilling Ties to Kremlin, blared the Clinton campaigns
Sept. 23 press release.
Since the dossier was circulated widely among Democrats, Mr. Page said,
he believes the Clinton team possessed it and relied on it based on
what some of Mrs. Clintons surrogates said publicly.
After the report by Yahoo News, the Clinton campaign put out an
equally false press release just minutes after the article was released
that afternoon, said Mr. Carter, who has tracked what he believes is a
series of inaccurate stories and accusations against him.
Of course, the [Clinton campaign representatives] were lying about it
with the media nonstop for many months, and theyve continued until
this day, Mr. Carter said. Both indirectly as they planted articles
in the press and directly with many TV appearances.
Democrats cite Russias dirt
Even before the Yahoo story, then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid,
Nevada Democrat, was using the Russian-sourced dossier.
On Aug. 27, with the campaign in high gear and knowledge that Russian
hackers had penetrated Clinton campaign computers in the public domain,
Mr. Reid released a letter to then-FBI Director James B. Comey.
Mr. Reid called for an investigation into Mr. Carters trip to Moscow,
where he supposedly met with high-ranking sanctioned individuals. Any
such meetings should be investigated and made part of the public
Mr. Reids evidence surely came from the dossier and its Russian
In the dossier, Mr. Steele clearly states that his anti-Trump
accusations are from the Kremlin, which means some Democrats have been
willingly repeating Moscow propaganda for public consumption in
No Democrats have embraced the Russian-sourced dossier more than
members of the House intelligence committee, which is investigating
Moscows interference in the election.
Mr. Schiff read from the dossier extensively at a March hearing
featuring Mr. Comey and Navy Adm. Michael Rogers, who leads the
National Security Agency.
As Mr. Schiff and other Democrats were bemoaning Kremlin activities
against Mrs. Clinton, they were more than willing to quote Kremlin
sources attacking Mr. Trump during the election campaign.
Mr. Schiff lauded Mr. Steele for disclosing that Rosneft, a
Russian-owned gas and oil company, planned to sell a 19.5 percent share
to an investor and that Mr. Page was offered a brokerage fee.
Trouble is, the 19.5 percent share was announced publicly by Moscow
before Mr. Steele wrote that memo. Mr. Page said he was never involved
in any talk about a commission.
Mr. Schiff was more than willing to quote Kremlin sources.
According to Steeles Russian sources, the campaign has offered
documents damaging to Hillary Clinton, which the Russians would publish
through an outlet that gives them deniability like WikiLeaks, he said.
Mr. Schiff also said: According to Christopher Steele, a former
British intelligence officer, who is reportedly held in high regard by
U.S. intelligence, Russian sources tell him that Page has also had a
secret meeting with Igor Sechin, CEO of the Russian gas giant, Rosneft.
Sechin is reported to be a former KGB agent and close friend of
Mr. Page has said repeatedly that he does not know Mr. Sechin and did
not meet with him in Moscow.
Meanwhile, Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas, another Democrat on the House
committee, lauded Mr. Steeles Kremlin sourcing.
I want to take a moment to turn to the Christopher Steele dossier,
which was first mentioned in the media just before the election and
published in full by media outlets in January, Mr. Castro said. My
focus today is to explore how many claims within Steeles dossier are
looking more and more likely, as though they are accurate.
This is not someone who doesnt know how to run a source and not
someone without contacts. The allegations it raises about President
Trumps campaign aides connections to Russians, when overlaid with
known established facts and timelines from the 2016 campaign, are very
revealing, he said.
Rep. Andre Carson, Indiana Democrat, said: Theres a lot in the
dossier that is yet to be proven, but increasingly as well hear
throughout the day, allegations are checking out.
On MSNBC in March, Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat, said she
believed the dossier section on Mr. Trump and supposed sex acts with
prostitutes in Moscow were true.
Oh, I think it should be taken a look at, she said. I think they
should really read it, understand it, analyze it and determine whats
fact, what may not be fact. We already know that the part about the
coverage that they have on him with sex actions is supposed to be true.
They have said that thats absolutely true. Some other things they kind
of allude to. Yes, I think he should go into that dossier and see
Fusion GPS widely circulated the dossier during the presidential race.
The public got its first glance when the news site BuzzFeed posted it
online in January, with its editor saying he doubted it was true.
One person who says he knows it is a fabrication is Russian
entrepreneur Aleksej Gubarev.
The dossier quotes Russian sources as saying Mr. Gubarevs technology
company, XBT, used botnets to flood Democratic computers with porn and
Mr. Gubarev is suing Mr. Steele for libel in London and is suing
BuzzFeed in Florida.
It is in the London case that Mr. Steele acknowledged that his memo on
Mr. Gubarev was unverified.
"The tragedy of our current political quagmire is that, yeah, we really
could use an effective, active, and credible press right now. We have
an active one five days out of the week, an effective one five days out
of the month, and a credible one... not that often."