It should be amended to include “dupes to Russian agitprop.
The Steele criminal referral
Monday, the declassified criminal referral by the Senate Judiciary Committee, presented to a skeptical press by senators Chuck Grassley Lindsey Graham, asked the Justice Department to investigate possible criminal wrongdoing by former British spy Christopher Steele, stating:
Under 18 U.S. Code § 1001, if a person in “any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of Government… knowingly and willfully… makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry… shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years.”
According to the heavily redacted document:
“Former British Intelligence Officer Christopher Steele was hired by the private firm Fusion GPS in June 2016 to gather information about ‘links between Russia and [then-presidential candidate] Donald Trump.’ Pursuant to that business arrangement, Mr. Steele prepared a series of documents styled as intelligence reports, some of which were later compiled into a ‘dossier’… On the face of the dossier, it appears that Mr. Steele gathered much of his information from Russian government sources inside Russia.”
The criminal referral goes on to say:
“In Steele’s sworn court filings in litigation in London, he admitted that he ‘gave off the record briefings to a small number of journalists about the pre-election memoranda [i.e., the dossier] in late summer/autumn 2016.’”
The media’s collection of gullible yahoos
Mentioned among the U.S. media outlets speaking “off the record” with Russia’s pro-Hillary agent Steele were the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Yahoo News.
The Yahoo News yahoo in question is journalist Michael Isikoff.
During the “Skullduggery” podcast, a Yahoo News product that claims to be “focused on Washington scandals in the Trump era,” Isikoff was given an opportunity to explain how he was so easily duped by a foreign spy working on behalf of Hillary Clinton and her Russian friends in high places:
“The information I got from Christopher Steele,” said Isikoff, “was information the FBI already had… before I was even briefed by Christopher Steele.”
Isikoff admits he and reporters at the New York Times and Washington Post were aware the FBI was, like them, approached “off the record” and presented with Steele’s dubious dossier.
But unlike the New York Times, Washington Post, and Yahoo News, the FBI used a dossier filled with information provided by “Russian government sources inside Russia” to get a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant to spy on the 2016 Republican presidential candidate and his staff.
Keith correctly calls coup, flubs identity of Manchurian Candidate
Back in late 2016, Gentlemen Quarterly’s very “special correspondent,” Keith Olbermann, set the tone for the mainstream media’s Trump-Russia “collusion” narrative that is most illuminating in light of what we now know concerning the Steele dossier and its Russian sources:
“We are at war with Russia. Or, perhaps more correctly, we have lost a war with Russia without a battle.
“We are no longer a sovereign nation. We are no longer a democracy. We are no longer a free people. We are the victims of a bloodless coup engineered by Russia… the CIA and FBI and Homeland Security – the institutions whose interest in freedom we on the left most frequently distrust – they have said something… Warnings that the Russians, using computer hacking and perhaps other means, were not merely trying to discredit the election but to achieve this specific outcome of electing their man Trump.
“And finally, at the very last hour, some of those who did those briefings, and some of those who received those briefings, leaked the details to the New York Times, the Washington Post, CBS News, Reuters, in a torrent of anguished honesty. They said something.”
Boohoos over a shrill shrew’s failed coup
Let’s recap, shall we?
We know the FBI presented a Russian-tainted dossier to a secret court so as to attain a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign as an “insurance policy” against the unlikely event he became the nation’s 45th president.
Being that a “special Providence watches over children, drunks, and the United States,” Hillary Clinton, thankfully, lost her bid for the White House.
The Electoral College, the U.S. Constitution’s safety mechanism preserving our individual liberty against the irrational passions of the voting mob, saved America from what Keith Olbermann correctly dubbed a Russian coup.
A coup in which the yahoos of the U.S. media were willing participants.
But it turns out the Manchurian Candidate of 2016 was Hillary Clinton, who, along with the DNC, colluded with Russia by purchasing their phony dossier designed to damage Trump, thus meddling in a U.S. presidential election.
That dossier also provided President Obama’s FBI and Justice Department a pretext to spy on the Republican candidate for President of the United States… on behalf of the Democratic Party’s Manchurian Candidate.
Some might call them traitors, or, at the very least, yahoos.