Stop trying to say the dossier is true

November 6, 2017

President Trump is halfway around the world on what could be an enormously consequential visit to Asia, Texas has just experienced the worst mass shooting in its history, the DNC is in utter shambles after bombshell allegations about Hillary’s campaign, and...the special counsel’s office just keeps grinding away. To those in politics and media whose very existence seems dependent on finding collusion between Trump and Putin and firing up the engine on that ol’ impeachment train, nothing is more important than Mueller’s next indictment.

It doesn’t even matter if those in legal trouble have anything to do with the actual campaign, just as long as they can be “flipped” to get easier treatment for themselves (or their relatives and/or business associates) by offering up something related to what the special counsel is actually tasked with looking for. If Mueller had found anything, it surely would have leaked, so he appears to be coming up dry.

Unless you count the notorious “Trump dossier.”

Perhaps you’ve noticed that more commentators are insisting the claims in the dossier “largely check out,” as New York Times columnists Bret Stephens has. Now that he’s said it, others in media will parrot it like a flock of, well, parrots, who are a lot like most present-day journalists except much more intelligent. But Byron York, in an excellent piece in the Washington Examiner, shows that the case being made for the accuracy of the dossier is based on “facts” that come...from the dossier! He breaks it down and shows that the argument being made is completely circular.

Here’s how it works, using the dossier’s stories about meetings Carter Page allegedly had in Russia as illustration: When former British spy Christopher Steele passed his dossier to the FBI, that gave reporters leeway to say U.S. intelligence officials had received allegations about Trump, which gives the stories an air of legitimacy they wouldn’t have had otherwise. (Then-FBI Director James Comey’s meeting with Trump to advise him of the dossier served the same function.) A report by Michael Isikoff –- who was personally briefed on the dossier by Steele, at the instigation of Fusion GPS –- saying intelligence officials RECEIVED information about Carter Page was mischaracterized in another article as saying the officials CONFIRMED information about Carter Page. Then, other reporters could point to that inaccurate statement to support their belief that some claims in the dossier had been verified. When they haven’t. See? Circular.

But that won’t stop politicians and pundits from raving on falsely about the dossier being “largely confirmed,” when they really should be paying attention to events in the news that are really happening and really important.

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  • Joanne Avella

    11/08/2017 03:18 AM

    When is anyone going to connect the dots ? Obama's, Clinton and the D.n.C gave money to the law firm Perkins Coie who In turn hired Fusion G.P.S to compile a dossier on Donald Trump. Who is a principal attorney at Perkins Coie non other than Robert Bowers . Mr.Bowers was not only Obamas personal attorney but in the Cabinet under Obama, legal council for the D.NC etc. he is also married to Anita Dunn also a member of Obama's cabinet as I believe the communications advisor. Collusion anyone and wonder why they are trying to hide records ?

  • Leslie Key

    11/08/2017 01:39 AM

    The F.B.I. has been investigating for over a year, and has found no evidence of the Trump campaign colluding with the Russians to win the election. However, Comey did use the fake Fusion GPS Russian “dossier” paid for by the Clinton campaign to get his pal Robert Mueller appointed as Special Prosecutor. The irony of this is spectacular! It was the Clintons who colluded with the Russians to Influence the election! Back on July 27, 2017, twenty members of the House Judiciary Committee saw so much Clinton corruption that they wrote a letter to Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein, asking for the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate 14 critical unaddressed questions outside the scope of the Mueller investigation. These questions include the fake Fusion GPS “dossier” on Trump and the Uranium One deal. Now Senator Lindsey Graham and others are calling for the appointment of a second special counsel. Enough is enough! If Sessions thinks he cannot appointment a second special counsel because he recused himself from 2016 campaign matters, then he should resign and allow Trump to appoint a new Attorney General who will appoint a second special counsel. This week I wrote my U.S. Republican Congressmen and asked them to support our President and the twenty members of the House Judiciary Committee who wrote that letter - to join Lindsey Graham by speaking out loudly and publicly right now for the appointment of a second special counsel. This is much too important. The United States of America is not a third world banana republic. These matters must be investigated and prosecuted to ensure that the kind of biased government corruption that took place within the FBI, the Department of Justice and the State Department NEVER happens again.

  • Norma Beasant

    11/07/2017 03:13 PM

    I just want to say I love your Saturday night show. It’s varied, the guests are wonderful and love to see people I did not know or have not seen for a long time. I also love to see mention of God and patriotism. What a treat it was to see the 96 year-old crossing guard. What an example of the America I remember. I saw in her hard work, dedication, great upbringing, and work ethics. Marvelous. I have not missed any programs. Congratulations! Sarah is what the President needed. They could not pay me enough to endure what she is enduring, but she is tough like her Dad.

  • Robert L Fragoman

    11/07/2017 02:04 PM

    I am tired of fake news taring Our President down.

    I would like to see an article listing President Trump's accomplishments and another showing the contributions that he has made out of his own pocket.

  • Leslie Key

    11/07/2017 01:50 PM

    The F.B.I.’s investigation has gone on for over a year now, and the Bureau has not found any evidence that the Trump campaign collided with the Russians to win the election. Comey did use this fake Fusion GPS Russian dossier (paid for by the Clinton campaign) to make sure his pal Mueller was appointed as Special Prosecutor. The irony here is spectacular. The real colluders with the Russians are the Clintons! Way back on July 27, 2017, 20 Republican members on the House Judiciary Committee saw so much evidence of Clinton corruption that they wrote a letter to Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein, asking for the appointment of a second special counsel, to investigate 14 critical unaddressed questions outside the scope of the Robert Mueller investigation. This list includes the fake dossier and the Uranium One deal. Lindsay Graham is now also calling for the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate these matters. Enough is enough! I just wrote my Republican Senators and U.S. Republican Representatives, asking them to support our President and the 20 Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee’s- to speak out loudly and publicly for the appointment of a second special counsel. If Jeff Sessions thinks he cannot do that because he recused himself from all campaign matters, then he should resign and let Trump appoint a new Attorney General who WILL appoint a second special counsel. Write a letter to your Republican Congressman and demand this! We have ample evidence that the Obama administration was the most corrupt in U.S. history, with biased deep state operatives infiltrating our FBI, our Justice Department, and our State Department. The United States of America is not a third world banana republic. These matters MUST be investigated and prosecuted, so that this government corruption never happens again. There is no single issue more important to the future of our Republic than this one.