Infamous Steele anti-Trump dossier disproven by Mueller's first Russia indictments


#1

The Christopher Steele dossier allegation that an "extensive conspiracy" existed between the Donald Trump campaign and the Kremlin wasn't borne out in the special counsel's first charges of Russian election interference.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller brought a grand jury indictment against 13 Russians for interfering in the election via social media posts, false American identities and fake political groups. The indictment and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said no Americans knowingly took part.

Written by ex-British spy Steele and financed by the Democratic Party, the dossier has permeated the FBI and the Democrats' investigations into possible Trump-Russia collusion.

A July 2016 Steele memo quotes a Russian source as saying there was evidence of an "extensive conspiracy between campaign team and Kremlin, sanctioned at highest levels and involving Russian diplomatic staff based in the US."

The dossier went on to say that an ethnic Russian associate of Mr. Trump told a Steele "compatriot" that "there was a well-developed conspiracy of co-operation between them and the Russian leadership."

This conspiracy, Mr. Steele wrote, was run by former campaign manager Paul Manafort who used volunteer adviser Carter Page as an intermediary.

Mr. Manafort has repeatedly denied Mr. Steele's charges. So has Mr. Page who calls the dossier fiction and smear job. He has been interviewed by the FBI and has sworn under oath to Congress that the charges are baseless.

Mr. Rosenstein on Friday explained to reporters the elaborate information war network run in St. Petersburg by a front company Internet Research Agency. Unleashed in 2014, the social media operations ran ads and stage rallies, mostly in support of President Trump and against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The Russians disguised their true identities, posing as Americans to appear just like any politically active citizen.

"Now, there is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity," Mr. Rosenstein said. "There is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election."

The indictment talks of a limited number unnamed Trump supporters having unwitting contact with some operatives.

Said Mr. Rosenstein, "Again, there's no allegation in this indictment that any American had any knowledge. And the nature of the scheme was the defendants took extraordinary steps to make it appear that they were ordinary American political activists, even going so far as to base their activities on a virtual private network here in the United States so, if anybody traced it back to that first jump, they appeared to be Americans."

The indictment quotes the accused Russians' private conversations, a sure sign they were wiretapped. If Trump people had knowingly collaborated, such collusion would most likely have turned up during months of electronic surveillance.

President Vladimir Putin and his allies in recent years have turned to information cyber warfare to try to create uncertainty and chaos in Western democracies here and in Europe.

The Mueller indictment provides a comprehensive look at one such operation.

But there were others, including the much-publicized hacking of Democratic Party computers and the theft and exposure of thousands of emails, some of them politically embarrassing to the Clinton campaign.

The Mueller indictment did not touch on the hacking, which the U.S. intelligence community said were executed by Russian intelligence with Mr. Putin's knowledge.

Because Mr. Mueller has now indicted Russians for exploiting social media and U.S. laws, it can be expected that he will also bring charges in the hacking crimes.

The Steele dossier makes the sensational charge that the hacking was done with the "full knowledge and support of Trump and senior members of his campaign team."

There has been no public evidenced to confirm this and Mr. Trump and his associates dismiss the dossier as untrue.

Mr. Steele was paid by Fusion GPS which got the money from the Hilary Clinton campaign and the Democrat Party via a D.C. law firm.

An investigation by Rep. Devin Nunes, California Republican and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, reveled that the FBI used the Steele dossier to convince a court to authorize a year-long wiretap on Mr. Page. The FBI application cited a Yahoo News Story as validation, yet it came from the same source--Mr. Steele.

Republicans say that if there was Russian collusion in 2016, it was carried out by the Clinton campaign and Mr. Steele and his Kremlin sources.


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#2

They need to put this entire Steele dossier to bed. It’s proven to be bogus time and time again. Without it there would be no special counsel. There needs to be a basis for Mueller to exist and without the dossier he doesn’t have one.


#4

It was initially funded by a consortium of Never-Trump Republicans who backed off when they realized that the nomination was imminent. Steele then shopped it around and then the Clinton campaign picked it up and funneled it, through the Obama administration, to the FBI.


#6

If this is the type of stuff that Mueller is going to waste our tax dollars on then he should be investigating the collusion between Hillary and the entire mainstream media. Russia is never going to extradite anyone. This is all a waste of time and money.


#7

Nothing’s going to happen with any of this. It’s all one giant shitshow. Republicans aren’t going to do anything about Uranium One, the Clinton Foundation, or pay-to-play. Mueller isn’t going to do anything but spin his wheels and keep his name in the news. Nothing short of a full rev will fix this mess.


#8

The whole “Russia” narrative started when Podesta’s pedogate emails were released. This is more of a cover for the Jewish Mafia’s involvement in manipulating our politics than anything.


#9

I still say Mueller and his Henchmen need to be Fired and a Real Special Consel appointed. President Trump should tell AG Sessions Mueller must go . If Sessions won’t move forward on this and have a Special Cousel that will do the job, then he needs to go to.
There are Tough decisions that have to be made in all walks of life and if doesn’t have the Backbone to do it , he should find another job.
There are plenty of Persons of Interest in the Schmobama Admin that should be Indicted for their Criminal Activities to Shaft both Bernie Sanders and President Trump .
Mueller is a better Illusionist than David Copperfield will ever be.


#10

Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted foreign citizens for trying to influence the American public about an election because those citizens did not register as a foreign agent nor record their financial expenditures to the Federal Elections Commission. By that theory, when will Mueller indict Christopher Steele, FusionGPS, PerkinsCoie, the DNC and the Clinton Campaign? Mueller’s indictment against 13 Russian trolls claimed their social media political activity was criminal because: they were foreign citizens; they tried to influence an election; and they neither registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act nor reported their funding to the Federal Elections Commission.

First, if Mueller’s theory is correct, three things make Steele a criminal: first, he is a foreign citizen; second, he tried to influence an election, which he received payments to do (including from the FBI itself); and third, he neither registered as a foreign agent nor listed his receipts and expenditures to the Federal Election Commission. Also, according to the FBI, along the way, Steele lied…a lot, while the dossier he disseminated contained its own lies based on bought-and-paid for smears from foreign sources reliant on rumors and innuendo.

Second, if Mueller’s theory is correct, three things make FusionGPS a criminal co-conspirator: it knew Steele was a foreign citizen; it knew, and paid, Steele to influence an election; and it knew, and facilitated, Steele neither registering as a foreign agent nor reporting his funding from the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign to the Federal Election Commission.

Third, if Mueller’s theory is correct, then three things make PerkinsCoie a potential target: it knew Steele was a foreign citizen; it knew, and paid, Steele to influence an election; and it knew, and facilitated, Steele neither registering as a foreign agent nor reporting his funding from the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign to the Federal Election Commission, by disguising its receipt of payments from the Clinton campaign as a “legal expense.”

Fourth, if Mueller’s theory is correct, then three things make the DNC a potential target: it knew Steele was a foreign citizen; it knew, and paid, Steele to influence an election; and it knew, and facilitated, Steele neither registering as a foreign agent nor reporting his funding from the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign to the Federal Election Commission, by disguising its payments to Steele as laundered legal expenses to a law firm.

Fifth, if Mueller’s theory is correct, three things make the Clinton Campaign a potential target: it knew Steele was a foreign citizen; it knew, and paid, Steele to influence an election; and it knew, and facilitated, Steele neither registering as a foreign agent nor reporting his funding from the Clinton campaign to the Federal Election Commission, by disguising its funding of payments to Steele laundered through a law firm as a “legal expense.”

Don’t expect such an indictment. Mueller chose his targets because he knows they will never appear in court, never contest the charges, and cannot be arrested or extradited as Russian citizens. Mueller’s unprecedented prosecution raises three novel arguments: first, that speaking out about American politics requires a foreign citizen to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act; second, that speaking out about American politics requires a foreign citizen list their source and expenditure of funding to the Federal Election Commission; and third, that mistakes on visa applications constitute “fraud” on the State Department. All appear to borrow from the now-discredited “honest services” theories Mueller’s team previously used in corporate and bribery cases, cases the Supreme Court overturned for their unconstitutional vagueness. The indictment raises serious issues under the free speech clause of the First Amendment and due process rights under the Fifth Amendment.


#11

In no way do I trust Mueller. This entire investigation is a waste of tax payer money. No proof after more than one year.