Recently, the textual content of my initial blog entry disappeared from the WordPress Universe. For the life of me I could not find a draft or remember what I had written, having published it more than a month ago. Then this morning, while trading info about the famous 35-page dossier compiled by Ex-MI6 operative Christopher Steele, outlining Trump’s alleged Russian connection, I remembered what had driven me to create this blog in the first place:
The suppression of that 35-page dossier by FBI, US Media and members of Congress who knew about it for months before the 2016 Presidential Election. (1)
Eleven days before the election, the FBI, led by James Comey and Rudolph Guilianni’s New York FBI Field Office, announced that they would reopen the Clinton Email Investigation, based on info gleaned from Anthony Weiner’s laptop. Meanwhile they deliberately sat on the dossier exposing an alleged connection between the Trump team and Russia. The cone of silence observed by the FBI, the press, and informed members of Congress was nothing short of miraculous, given that, in Washington, DC, everything gets leaked.
According to BuzzFeed, the only media outlet courageous enough to publish the full 35-page dossier, Mother Jones correspondent David Corn wrote a story exposing the dossier on October 31, 2016, saying that Senator Harry Reid had written to Comey about some of the allegations therein as early as August, 2016. (2) Did Comey make a big announcement about the ongoing FBI investigation of the Trump-Russia connection? No, not a peep. Instead, on October 27, the FBI Director made a spectacularly well-timed announcement that the Clinton Email Investigation would be reopened.
That day, when I heard Comey’s announcement, my heart sank, as I knew that forces in the intelligence community had lined up against Clinton. I did not know, at that time, that Comey and his minions, members of congress-even Democrats-and many US media outlets all had seen the Steele dossier and were, for once, united in hiding said document from the American voters, while claiming lack of verification as the excuse. Yet, with all those parties having knowledge of the dossier, no one leaked anything about its existence to the voting public.
In fact, the Washington Post, the very publication that exposed Nixon’s Watergate scandal back in the early 1970s, actually criticized BuzzFeed’s publication of the dossier because the information had not been verified. Really, I think the Post was just miffed because they didn’t have the courage to break the story themselves. BuzzFeed stated clearly that the information in the dossier, which had been circulating for months, had not been either verified or falsified and that they were exposing the dossier so that the American people could decide its veracity for themselves. Thank you BuzzFeed editors for treating We, the People like grown-ups. Check it out and decide for yourself:
CNN, to their credit, ran a story on January 12, 2017 exposing the existence of a two-page summary of the dossier that had been shown to Trump, Obama, and four Intelligence chiefs, including James Comey during the first week of January, 2017. For their trouble, since running the dossier story, CNN has been branded by the Trump Administration as “Fake News.”
Since BuzzFeed’s publication of the dossier, much speculation has circulated about the dossier’s compiler, Christopher Steele. Steele left MI6 back in the 1990s but has maintained a vast network of contacts. According to a number of media sources, Steele, who now runs Orbis Business Intelligence, a private intelligence firm in London, is a well-respected operative in the intelligence community—not someone to be dismissed out of hand. (3)
Keep in mind, FBI Director Comey did not bother to verified or falsified anything about the Clinton emails found on Weiner’s laptop before he very publicly announced his intent to reopen the investigation, thus putting the final nail in the coffin of Clinton’s campaign
Update: Last night, a little more than a month after BuzzFeed published the Steele dossier, National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was forced to resign for phone calls he made to the Russian ambassador regarding Obama’s late-December Russian sanctions, sanctions imposed because Russian hackers interfered with the American election.
I have read the Steele Dossier—all of it—and, given Flynn’s forced resignation, I am reminded of that annoying old idiom:
“Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”
- Bessinger, Ken, et.al.; These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia: https://www.buzzfeed.com/kenbensinger/these-reports-allege-trump-has-deep-ties-to-russia?utm_term=.utkqwWWDgq#.mpvb0nnZYb
- Corn, David; A Veteran Spy Has Given the FBI Information Alleging a Russian Operation to Cultivate Donald Trump; Mother Jones: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/10/veteran-spy-gave-fbi-info-alleging-russian-operation-cultivate-donald-trump
- Steele Dossier; full 35-page document as published by BuzzFeed https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3259984-Trump-Intelligence-Allegations.html