Friday, February 02, 2018
Collusion: Trump or the FBI/DOJ?
2009: Christopher Steele, former M16 British intelligence officer, retires.
2015: Private Washington DC research firm, Fusion GPS, is hired by an anonymous anti-Trump Republican donor to research Trump since it's rumored he might run for President.
Spring 2016: Republican donor tells Fusion GPS to drop the project.
Spring 2016: Fusion GPS hires Steele to investigate Trump ties to Russia. The Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee (DNC) pay for Steele's research through the law firm Perkins Coie.
Spring/Summer 2016: Former Merrill Lynch businessman Carter Page, who has business ties with Russia, volunteers for Trump campaign and is accepted as an advisor.
September 2016: Page is dismissed by Trump campaign.
October 2016: Steele is fired by the FBI as a source, for FBI violations including contacts with media such as Yahoo News and Mother Jones magazine. After dismissal, Steele is in contact with then-Associate Deputy Attorney General of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Bruce Ohr. Ohr's wife, Nellie, had begun working for Fusion GPS in May 2016.
Late October 2016 thru early 2017: Page is surveilled by FBI under a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) warrant.
January 2017: Steele drafts the now infamous "Trump dossier" (alleging that Trump hired prostitutes in Russia to piss on a bed once slept in by Obama), which he shares with BuzzFeed.
May 2017: Former (2001-2013) FBI head Robert Mueller is appointed head of the Special Counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses himself).
July 2017: Peter Strzok, the top FBI agent investigating Trump's alleged Russian ties, is removed from the investigation after thousands of his anti-Trump text messages are revealed.
December 2017: Then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies before the House Intelligence Committee that "no surveillance warrant would have been sought" from the FISA court "without the Steele dossier information."
And Steele was paid first by an anti-Trump Republican, and then by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC, to do opposition research. He found no evidence of "collusion." What the memo released today did show, however, is evidence of Clinton and the DNC and the FBI and the DOJ colluding to prevent Donald Trump from becoming President.