The essential Victor Davis Hanson demonstrates point by point how Democrats and the news media Resistance employed Russian disinformation in their failed attempt to bring down Donald Trump. His National Review piece is titled:
The Steele Dossier Bacillus
In 2016, Hillary Clinton presidential candidate hired an ex-intelligence officer and foreign national, British subject Christopher Steele, to use Russian sources to find dirt (“opposition research”) on her then political opponent Donald Trump.
So much for the worry about “foreign interference” in U.S. elections.
The public would take years to learn of the funding sources of Steele, because Clinton camouflaged her role through three firewalls: the Democratic National Committee; the Perkins-Coie legal firm; and Glenn Simpson’s Fusion GPS opposition-research firm.
Steele had collected rumor and gossip from mostly Russian sources in an effort to tar Trump as a Russian colluder and asset. We know now that his sources were either bogus or deliberately warped by Steele himself.
Almost everything in the dossier was unverified and later was proved fanciful. Yet with the help of high Obama administration and elected officials, the dossier’s gossip and rumor were leaked throughout the top echelons of Washington politics and the media. … [Inspector General] Horowitz simply confirmed what a number of journalists had already discovered, namely, that Steele was both a pathological liar and an inveterate hater of Donald Trump who acted to ensure that Trump would not be president.
Hanson lists seven principal perpetrators:
- Rachel Maddow
- James Comey and the FBI
- The late Senator John McCain
- James Clapper and John Brennan
- The FISA court
- Adam Schiff
- Hillary Clinton
Hanson’s Bottom Line: “While Clinton pounded President Trump for supposedly using Russians to win an election, she herself had used fraudulent Russian sources to obtain political advantage by smearing her opponent.”