Now we know that it was the Hillary Clinton campaign that helped finance the dossier that made the allegations of collusion between President Trump and Russia.
Think about it: The campaign lawyer of one party's presidential candidate secretly contracted with a D.C. smear organization to hire a foreign national — a British ex-intelligent agent — to find dirt on the other presidential candidate. They funneled the payments through a D.C. law firm, where they thought the details would be buried in confidentiality agreements.
And they were for over a year. Because Clinton and her agents lied about their involvement.
It was only when a subpoena was issued that threatened the release of all of Fusion GPS's banking records and client names that the truth came out. They had no choice.
That's vintage Clinton — using campaign funds to hire private eyes to find dirt on her opponent. She did it before to silence the victims of her husband's alleged sexual assaults. But this time she went over the top. It wasn't a local private eye; it was a former MI-6 agent who had spied on the Russians and was friendly with both the FBI and MI-6.
Clinton has pretended all along she knew nothing about how the dossier came to exist. In her book, "What Happened?" she disingenuously says that, "In the summer of 2016 ... (t)he FBI began investigating a dossier prepared by a well-respected former British spy that contained explosive and salacious allegations about compromising information the Russians had on Trump."
As if she knew nothing about it and hadn't been the one who helped pay for it and possibly arrange for it. She acted like she only read about it in the newspaper.
But she knew all about it. And so did her lawyers and flacks who lied to the press for over a year.
The allegations in the dossier formed the basis of Clinton's campaign charges that Trump was a "puppet" of Vladimir Putin.
They provided the justification for the FISA Court to approve surveillance of Carter Page, a Trump associate.
They were at the core of the media coverage of the charge of Trump collusion with Putin.
The allegations led to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special prosecutor to investigate the issue of Trump's possible collusion with Russia.
Clinton was in the thick of it. But don't expect an explanation from her. She doesn't do them. However, we need some details.
We need to know whether the Clinton campaign fed any information to the British spook to include in the dossier. He says he got most of his information from "unsolicited" sources.
Was Clinton one of those sources?
And how did they pick this particular former British spy to do the research? Was it because he could count on the cooperation of MI-6 or of the FBI because he had worked in the FIFA (soccer) investigation?
And didn't Mueller and Comey have to know that the dossier, on which so much was based, was a document amassed at the behest of Clinton's campaign? Wouldn't that suggest a bias? If the FBI couldn't figure that out, they need to be off the case.
From what "unsolicited sources" did Steele get his information? Did the FBI and MI-6 play a role?
Finally, who gave the dossier to BuzzFeed, prompting its distribution throughout American media and its injection into our political dialogue? Fusion, Steele and Senator John McCain each deny that they gave the dossier to the publication. Did the FBI or the Clinton campaign do so? We know that Fusion and Steele tried desperately to get the national media to cover the story before the election. When that failed, they worked to get it released even after the election.
Now it's caught up with them.
Russian meddling in our election has proven to be largely illusory. Placing ads on YouTube or Facebook is hardly enough to sway a U.S. presidential election. The real scandal is one candidate for president possibly laundering money through a law firm to dig up dirt on her opponent from a foreign national with ties to foreign intelligence agencies and then leaking it to the government and the press, making its fictitious allegations the basis for appointment of a special prosecutor.