Byron York in the Washington Examiner reported this week that his sources inside Congress say that investigators from both the FBI and the Justice Department have denied confirming any of the most explosive allegations found in the infamous Trump/Russia dossier. In interviews with congressional investigators in recent days, officials from the intelligence community have said that those allegations – which outline a broad conspiracy between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign – have not been corroborated, even though the FBI has been on the case for more than a year.
This is unbelievably important, considering the fact that the Trump dossier, put together by former British spy Christopher Steele at the behest of Fusion GPS (an organization funded by the DNC, aka the Hillary Clinton campaign) forms the basis for any and all allegations that Trump colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election.
York reports that the House Intelligence Committee demanded in August that the FBI and DOJ send them any and all information on their attempts to corroborate the veracity of the claims made in the dossier.
“According to sources familiar with the matter,” York writes, “neither the FBI nor the Justice Department has provided documents in response to that part of the committee’s subpoena. But in face-to-face briefings with congressional staff, according to those sources, FBI and DOJ officials have said they cannot verify the dossier’s charges of a conspiracy between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.”
Federal law enforcement officials have been circumspect about this investigation, but it is clear that the dossier provided the Obama administration with the impetus they needed to begin looking into connections between Trump and Russia. The FBI originally opened the investigation only weeks after interviewing Steele for the first time in June of last year. Furthermore, they used claims made in Steele’s dossier to justify FISA warrants against Carter Page and other Trump campaign officials mentioned in the document. To learn that we’re sitting here, more than a year after the fact – with all the resources of the world’s most powerful intelligence agencies on the case – with no hard evidence confirming those claims…it’s astounding. It defies belief. Any reasonable person would have to conclude that if there was any fire behind the smoke, it would have been found by now.
The first year of the Trump presidency has been tarnished by this investigation, and despite the claims of top Democrats like Adam Schiff, it would appear that we’re talking about nothing more than reckless rumor-mongering. If the intelligence agencies have evidence to suggest that there is something more to these claims that has been made public thus far, it’s time to let the American people in on it. If not, it’s time to admit that the jig is up and publicly exonerate (and apologize to) the President of the United States.