With every passing day, the story of the “Trump collusion” investigation gets shadier and shadier. A few months back, Democrats were turning cartwheels when a major report turned the origins of the investigation inside out. No longer could Republicans claims that the entire narrative began with the phony Christopher Steele dossier! They had proof now that the investigation actually began when an Australian diplomat reported to U.S. officials that a Trump campaign associate – George Papadopoulos – had been running his mouth in London about the campaign’s efforts to work with the Kremlin.
Well, not proof. A story. And, considering that the FBI did not even speak to Papadopoulos until January 2017, a dubious story at that.
But even if it is the case that the investigation began with an Australian diplomat’s tip to the FBI…there is now reason to believe that said diplomat has close ties to the Clinton family. As if this sordid tale could get any fishier, here’s a tale that may bring the whole investigation crashing down.
From Fox News:
The Australian diplomat whose tip in 2016 prompted the Russia-Trump investigation previously arranged one of the largest foreign donations to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s charitable efforts, documents show.
Former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer’s role in securing $25 million in aid from his country to help the Clinton Foundation fight AIDS is chronicled in decade-old government memos archived on the Australian foreign ministry’s website.
But lawmakers say the FBI didn’t tell Congress about Downer’s prior connection to the Clinton Foundation. Republicans say they are concerned the new information means nearly all of the early evidence the FBI used to justify its election-year probe of Trump came from sources supportive of the Clintons, including the controversial Steele dossier.
Rep. Jim Jordan, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee, said the news was disturbing from a number of angles.
“The Clintons’ tentacles go everywhere,” he said. “So that’s why it’s important. We continue to get new information every week that sort of underscores the fact that the FBI hasn’t been square with us.”
That’s just it. Is it automatically a red flag that this guy had some role in securing a donation to the Clinton Foundation? No, of course not. But when you add it in with the fact that Steele was paid by the Clinton campaign and fed information by Clinton associates like Sidney Blumenthal…and the fact that FBI agents working on the case were abjectly biased against Trump…and the fact that not a single word of the dossier has ever been proven true…and the fact that the FBI lied to get their Carter Page warrant…and the fact that the Obama administration was involved in unethical “unmaskings”…it just really starts to pile up. One or two suspicious characters popping up in an investigation like this? That’s to be expected. But everywhere you shine a light on this investigation, you find corruption and sleaze. Something’s not right.
And the deeper we look, the less right it seems.