On Wednesday, Lee Smith of Tablet Magazine speculated that President Obama may have some fingerprints on the Fusion GPS dossier, the Democratic Party oppo research document likely used as the basis of the Trump-Russia investigation. Here are the first two paragraphs:
“To date the investigation into the Fusion GPS-manufactured collusion scandal has focused largely on the firm itself, its allies in the press, as well as contacts in the Department of Justice and FBI. However, if a sitting president used the instruments of state, including the intelligence community, to disseminate and legitimize a piece of paid opposition research in order to first obtain warrants to spy on the other party’s campaign, and then to de-legitimize the results of an election once the other party’s candidate won, we’re looking at a scandal that dwarfs Watergate—a story not about a bad man in the White House, but about the subversion of key security institutions that are charged with protecting core elements of our democratic process while operating largely in the shadows.
A Tablet investigation using public sources to trace the evolution of the now-famous dossier suggests that central elements of the Russiagate scandal emerged not from the British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s top-secret ‘sources’ in the Russian government—which are unlikely to exist separate from Russian government control—but from a series of stories that Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson and his wife Mary Jacoby co-wrote for The Wall Street Journal well before Fusion GPS existed, and Donald Trump was simply another loud-mouthed Manhattan real estate millionaire. Understanding the origins of the ‘Steele dossier’ is especially important because of what it tells us about the nature and the workings of what its supporters would hopefully describe as an ongoing campaign to remove the elected president of the United States. Yet the involvement of sitting intelligence officials—and a sitting president—in such a campaign should be a frightening thought even to people who despise Trump and oppose every single one of his policies, especially in an age where the possibilities for such abuses have been multiplied by the power of secret courts, wide-spectrum surveillance, and the centralized creation and control of story-lines that live on social media while being fed from inside protected nodes of the federal bureaucracy.”
Smith later referenced a major Washington Post article published in June 2017.
“Last August, the White House began convening high-level meetings to discuss Russian interference in the 2016 elections. It began, according to a June 23, 2017, Washington Post article, when ‘an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried ‘eyes only’ instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.’ This is the Post article that Mary Jacoby was writing the day after it appeared. So was the Steele dossier in the envelope?”
We don’t know for sure if the document in the envelope was the Fusion GPS dossier. However, it is important to note that while the document was so secret that only four people (two of which were Obama and Brennan) were allowed to see it, it was LEAKED to the press.
If Obama did see the Fusion GPS dossier, and order officials to launch an investigation into Trump-Russia collusion and get FISA warrants on Trump, it would be a bigger scandal than Watergate.
This article was originally published on Politicus Dominum’s Genius Trump blog.