Left of center media have finally made official what most of us already knew. The national committee for Democrats was (allegedly) in on the infamous ‘dossier’ casting outrageous allegations against President Donald Trump.
Note I used quotes around ‘dossier’ because we have no confirmation on allegations in the report.
Right of center media are naturally doing a victory dance in this latest political scandal.
A very big boat is being missed. I said as much to a Hillary Clinton supporter yesterday on Twitter.
The ‘dossier’ didn’t begin with Democrats, if media reportage is correct. I know that’s a big ‘if’ by the way, considering the complete absence of honesty among most politics and news media these days.
The ‘dossier’ created by shady ‘opposition research’ firm Fusion GPS was reportedly commissioned by a Republican “client”. If the client was a donor, who was said donor’s preferred candidate?
You can bet some Republicans are pretty nervous right now too.
[Updated Oct. 26: See new column on finer points of what research Republicans allegedly commissioned versus what Democrats allegedly commissioned. It is indeed complicated.]
This scandal has deeply troubling aspects that most Americans will not admit. The Left will defend Mrs. Clinton while the Right assails her. Once the Republican client’s name is disclosed—I think we can count on that—both sides will continue to do their usual attack-and-defend practices.
What is truly troubling, however, is the issue of whether this ‘dossier’ was used as a source for unmasking individuals volunteering or working on the Trump campaign. Also, we should demand to know whether it was used to justify any warrant(s) requests.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is implicated in the leaking of the report, according to McClatchy News and other media. In my opinion, McCain pretty much handed the 2008 election to a Democrat, so if he was involved in this, his reputation may suffer even more criticism from conservatives.
Courtesy of investigations in Congress, this scandal will most certainly deepen with time. We are just scratching the surface.
Another troubling aspect of the ‘dossier’ compiled by a retired spy involves sources. Were the sources the former British spy used linked to the Russian government? If that proves true, the situation would enter criminal territory and a completely new collusion scenario will emerge.
It appears the US government, during the presidency of Barack Obama, used information from this discredited dossier. If that is the case, we are in far bigger trouble than the latest Trump Tweet can cause.
As this story unwinds, we can safely assume there are nervous people on both sides of the aisle in Washington. We can hope truth will out, and that somehow, both sides of the aisle will clean up their acts as a service to our country.
Fusion GPS has been accused of being “smear artists” because of an unrelated matter connected to a group not part of the conservative sector. Thor Halvorssen, who heads up the Human Rights Foundation in New York, testified before Congress about Fusion GPS in July. Halvorssen’s testimony was largely ignored by many in politics media. It shouldn’t have been. This morning on Fox & Friends, he said of Fusion:
“They get paid to destroy people…on behalf of criminals.”
I covered Halvorssen’s testimony in an earlier column, and I noted the ties to former US Attorney Preet Bharara who was fired by Trump.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Oct. 25, 2017)
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