The opposition research group Fusion GPS may be embroiled in scandal, but it’s getting protection from almost all sides.
First, it’s got the mainstream media largely looking the other way. The same “journalists” who persist in accusing, with no evidence, President Trump of colluding with Russians to win the 2016 election are greeting the news of real, demonstrable collusion with Russians by Hillary’s campaign and the DNC with a collective yawn. Perhaps modeling their behavior after Hillary’s legendary ability to look the other way at outrageous behavior, they ignore Democrats’ misdeeds –- and even what appear to be illegalities –- and take the concept of “double standard” to new dimensions.
Second, it’s got the Democratic Party leadership giving a similar brush-off to the facts. Spinners have rushed to the airwaves, trying desperately to keep the focus on Trump when there’s nothing to see that survives analysis. Hillary has had zilch to say about the new revelations about her campaign and will likely remain silent until she and her lawyers can craft something suitably protective. Former DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has denied any knowledge of the $9 million payment to Global GPS or their involvement in the production of the sleazy work of fantasy called the “Trump dossier.” Of course, it’s highly likely that there were other Congressional Democrats who knew the truth about the dossier and kept it close to the vest.
Longtime Clinton crony and former campaign head John Podesta, who along with his brother Tony have ties that could keep a special counsel busy into the next decade, has also denied that he knew anything about it. Hilariously (to those who are paying attention), the attorney at Podesta’s side as he made this claim to a Congressional committee was Marc Elias, the very lawyer who had procured the services of Fusion GPS on behalf of the Democratic National Committee.
But even all this circling-of-wagons doesn’t provide enough protection against Congressional inquiry. Consequently, both men from Fusion GPS who have been called to testify about their activities have chosen to protect themselves legally by pleading the Fifth. They weren’t about to answer even a simple question like, “Who paid for your services?”
But now we know. And it’s a relief to see that not everyone is playing along. In a segment on FOX Business Network, Kimberly Strassel of the Wall Street Journal didn’t hesitate to call a double standard a double standard.
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