As Joy Reid tweeted about these revelations, “The British and other international papers are offering extraordinary detail on the Trump-Russia-FBI scandal.”
In an exclusive published in The Independent, Former MI6 agent Christopher Steele’s frustration as FBI sat on Donald Trump Russia file for months, it is impossible to disguise the FBI’s sordid involvement in Donald Trump’s win.
This is, as MSNBC’s Christopher Hayes puts it,
This story is the ultimate "whoa if true" https://t.co/BjL9Wf6y8o
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 14, 2017
What Christopher Steele knew the FBI knew and did nothing, and Steele knew a lot. Working first for Republicans and then for Democrats, and finally, after Trump’s win without pay, he held nothing back.
Steele reveals that he kept the FBI informed about his investigations but that it became readily apparent that “a cabal within” the FBI was ignoring Trump’s Russia connection in favor of destroying Hillary Clinton over another manufactured scandal centering on her emails.
That alone should confirm your worst fears about Director Comey. But there are also some scary facts related to Trump and Putin:
1. Trump’s team agreed to a request from Russia to “dilute” attention on Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine. Steele informed the FBI of this.
2. Four days later, Trump said he would recognize Moscow’s annexation of Crimea.
3. A month later, Trump’s people asked the GOP to remove a pledge of military intervention to Ukraine from the party platform.
4. According to Steele, Trump knew at this time Russia was hacking the DNC. If there is no evidence of this, it is certainly interesting that “the same day Mr Trump spoke about Ukraine he called on the Kremlin to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails.”
Ultimately, according to The Independent, John McCain personally picked up Steele’s Trump dossier from Sir Andrew Wood, a former British ambassador to Moscow at a security conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and delivered it directly into Director Comey’s hands.
By then, however, the election was over and Donald Trump had become president-elect. It is important to note that eager as Comey was to announce investigations into Clinton’s activities, he was extremely reluctant to mention Trump’s, even when the evidence was in his hands.
There is a price to be paid for speaking truth to power, and Mr. Steele is now paying it, in hiding, The Independent says, from Tory MP’s who wanted “a fruitful relationship” with Trump, accused by others of being a “confirmed socialist” and part of anti-Brexit conspiracy.
It’s funny that if you’re against something conservatives are for, you’re part of some imaginary conspiracy, while the actual conspiracy is taking place under the auspices of those same conservatives. It’s the same in London and in Washington, DC. Trump’s rants about conspiracies against him are only covering up for the real conspiracies he has been involved with for months at the behest of the Kremlin.
If Donald Trump has “political enemies,” what ought to be of concern to people are not who his enemies are (and most of them are simply dedicated public servants and patriots) but rather who his very powerful friends are, and the extent to which the next president of the United States is compromised by hostile foreign powers.