The media and Democrats have been hunting around for proof of collusion with Russia during the 2016 election for over one year.
Now an explosive piece of evidence just popped up.
But it isn’t what anyone was expecting.
The Christopher Steele dossier has been at the heart of the Russia-Trump collusion story for 6 months.
The ex-British intelligence agency was commissioned by Fusion GPS to produce a document on Trump’s ties to Russia.
Steele’s now discredited dossier was filled with lurid details of the Russians possessing compromising information on Trump.
But it was fake news.
The dossier was quickly discredited as nothing but junk.
That raised a troubling question.
Who hired Fusion and where did they get their information about Trump?
The answer is the Democrats and Russia.
At the same time Steele was putting together his memo of disinformation – which critics suspect was provided by Russia – Fusion was being paid by Moscow to lobby against the Magnitsky Act.
Fox News reports:
“The company behind an infamous anti-Trump dossier also worked “on behalf of the Russian government” to fight U.S. sanctions that had enraged Moscow’s elite, a key witness testified to a Senate committee on Thursday.
The testimony of Bill Browder, the CEO and co-founder of Hermitage Capital, shed new light on the dealings of the controversial company Fusion GPS — which was tied to the dossier of spurious claims about President Trump. According to Browder, the company also conducted a “smear campaign” against him in a bid to fight Russia sanctions.
Further adding to the complexity, Browder also testified that this campaign was orchestrated by Natalia Veselnitskaya – the same Russian attorney who sought the highly scrutinized Trump
Tower meeting last June with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
“They were talking about a repeal of sanctions so that Russian torturers and murderers could keep their money in America,” he testified.”
Kimberly Strassel wrote in the Wall Street Journal that Fusion’s founder Glenn Simpson ties the link to Moscow with Fusion’s deep ties to the Democrat Party:
“We know that Mr. Simpson is tight with Democrats. His current attorney, Joshua Levy, used to work in Congress as counsel to no less than Chuck Schumer. We know from a Grassley letter that Fusion has in the past sheltered its clients’ true identities by filtering money through law firms or shell companies (Bean LLC and Kernel LLC).
Word is Mr. Simpson has made clear he will appear for a voluntary committee interview only if he is not specifically asked who hired him to dig dirt on Mr. Trump. Democrats are going to the mat for him over that demand. Those on the Judiciary Committee pointedly did not sign letters in which Mr. Grassley demanded that Fusion reveal who hired it.
Here’s a thought: What if it was the Democratic National Committee or Hillary Clinton’s campaign? What if that money flowed from a political entity on the left, to a private law firm, to Fusion, to a British spook, and then to Russian sources? Moreover, what if those Kremlin-tied sources already knew about this dirt-digging, tipped off by Mr. Akhmetshin? What if they specifically made up claims to dupe Mr. Steele, to trick him into writing this dossier?”
There is no evidence anyone on the Trump campaign conspired with Russia.
But the Steele dossier and Fusion GPS’ ties to Russia are a solid lead that the real collusion in the 2016 campaign was between the Democrats and Moscow.