Damage Control Level at ELEVEN: Fusion GPS Speaks Out
(A shorter version of this piece appeared in The Morning Briefing)
Two Fusion GPS cracker jacks have penned a curious editorial for The New York Times to try and repair their business image (honestly, who would hire these guys? Clients aren't keen on hiring firms at the center of federal and congressional criminal investigations) and to re-calibrate the RUSSIA collusion investigation yarn which is in tatters.
No matter what spin these dervishes are spitting out in the Times, here's what you need to know: Fusion GPS, paid by a cut out for the Clinton campaign and the DNC, hired a former British spook to get dirt on President Trump. The Ex-spook got his information from RUSSIAN government operators and then the Trump hating spooksuits at the FBI and DOJ used this RUSSIAN propaganda to trick the FISA court into permission to spy on Hillary Clinton's political opponent.
It's that simple.
The garbage editorial tries to make the case that there are mountains of evidence of Trump's relationship with the RUSSIANS and how their "salacious and unverified" dossier merely corroborated "credible allegations" of a Trump-RUSSIA partnership to win the election for Trump.
BUT WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE?
Such evidence is only ominously hinted at in the op-ed but never provided and it's certainly not apparent based on the information leaked by Trump-foes like Rep. Adam Schiff and former director of national intelligence James Clapper. Even holier-that-thou former FBI director James Comey has admitted the details in the dossier remain “salacious and unverified.” So how exactly did their work product corroborate this phantom evidence that has never been revealed?
But the Times set up this partisan stinkbomb op-ed with a sad attempt at narrative shift the day before. In a story titled “How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt” the Times wants you to forget that back in April 2017, they reported a lengthy and detailed story all about purported RUSSIAN collaborator Carter Page as the center of the RUSSIA collaboration nexus. Now, with this new story, The New York Times introduces RUSSIA collusion reboot.
The new narrative is that obscure Trump team advisor George Papadopoulos, not the previous patsy Page, was the impetus for the RUSSIA collusion investigation.What did Papadopoulos do? He had a liquored-up conversation with an Australian diplomat where he revealed “Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton.” Wild stuff. Is this the kind of thing the feds seriously use for their snoop dragnets? Keep in mind, Papadopoulos has plead to a "lying to the FBI" charge. Why didn't the feds charge this supposed scheming Trump associate with espionage instead?
Andy McCarthy at the National Review has a proper take-down of this effort.