Friday, we finally learned who first hired Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm, which eventually led to the scummy “dossier” on Trump that’s filled with Russian-sourced claims that fail the smell test but is suspected to have been used to justify wiretapping Trump’s associates and launching the Russian collusion investigation. Along with the JFK document release, it was the biggest anti-climax since “Lost” went off the air.
It had long been rumored that the dossier originated with a Republican, likely one of Trump’s campaign rivals such as Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio. Well…no. Turns out it was the Washington Free Beacon, the right-leaning news website. The Free Beacon admitted that it uses outside research firms to dig up info on all sorts of persons of interest, including Hillary Clinton and all the GOP candidates (hey, guys: if you wanted to know anything about me, it would’ve been cheaper just to call me and ask.)
But in a statement, the Free Beacon insisted that all the info on Trump that Fusion GPS produced for them came from public sources, and that they ended their relationship with the firm before it ever hired Christopher Steele, the British ex-spy who came up with the scurrilous Russian dossier. By that time, the funding had apparently been taken over by the DNC and a lawyer for the Clinton campaign.
So the hopes of many in the media that they could once again deflect responsibility away from Hillary and onto some Republican presidential candidate were dashed. Too bad for them. Although I am relieved to discover that I was not the one behind it. Whew!
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