FBI and Justice Department officials have told congressional investigators in recent days that they have not been able to verify or corroborate the substantive allegations of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign outlined in the Trump dossier.
The FBI received the first installment of the dossier in July 2016. It received later installments as they were written at the height of the presidential campaign, which means the bureau has had more than a year to investigate the allegations in the document. The dossier was financed by the Hillary Clinton campaign and compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.
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Allegedly, the dossier contained evidence that President Trump and his campaign team had collaborated with Russia to win the election.
In addition to the allegations of collusion were a number of claims that Mr. Trump had participated in various vile acts and “sex parties” while in Russia.
Many, if not all, of the allegations within the 35-page dossier cited anonymous sources within Russia. One claimed that President Trump’s aide, Michael Cohen, met with Russian lawyers to cover up Paul Manafort’s work in the Ukraine. The alleged meeting has since been debunked. It cited a “Kremlin insider” as its source.
On August 24, 2017, the US House Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena to the FBI and Justice Department to determine how many, if any, of the allegations within the dossier, have been confirmed after more than a year’s worth of investigation.
The committee specifically requested, “any documents, if they exist, that memorialize DOJ and/or FBI efforts to corroborate, validate, or evaluate information provided by Mr. Steele and/or sub-sources and/or contained in the ‘Trump Dossier.’”
Sources familiar with the subpoena say that neither the Justice Department nor the FBI has provided any documentation to the committee. Furthermore, in meetings with congressional staff, officials from both departments have stated they have been unable to verify any of the accusations within the dossier regarding collusion.
The only thing that appears to be remotely true is that Russia was attempting to interfere in the 2016 election. There is no evidence to suggest that President Trump or his team was in any way involved in that effort.
This revelation, from two departments who’ve been involved in the investigation from the beginning, strongly contradicts statements made by Democrats who seem to believe, wholeheartedly, that the dossiers allegations are true.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), regarding the dossier’s validity told reporters “A lot of it has turned out to be true.”
Yet the FBI and Justice Department’s inability to turn over documentation of the dossier’s validity, when they were asked almost three months ago by subpoena–and after more than a year of investigation to determine its credibility, strongly suggests there’s little — if anything — factual about the dossier.
Considering that the dossier’s creation was funded entirely by President Trump’s opponents in the 2016 election, chiefly Hillary Clinton’s campaign, it’s validity simply must be called into question.
For now, the dossier appears to be nothing more than a collection of baseless allegations made by Democrats in an effort to cause the American people to question Mr. Trump’s integrity and ability to lead, in the hopes it would turn the election in favor of the Democrats.
Given the illegitimate Kremlin-derived sources used in the dossier to discredit Mr. Trump, it would appear the only evidence of collusion with Russia meant to influence the election rests with Hillary Clinton and her campaign.
The most important thing about the dossier, Schiff said, is that Steele discovered the Russian “broad effort” to influence the election before U.S. intelligence agencies did. Steele was accurate “in the broadest outline of what he did,” Schiff claimed, which was reporting “Russian involvement” and “what [Russian] motivations were.”
That’s fine, as far as it goes — after all, investigators unanimously agree that Russia tried to influence the election — but what about the Trump campaign? What about all those specific allegations of coordination between Team Trump and the Russians? Those were the most explosive parts of the dossier. And they remain unverified.