Yahoo News Reporter Michael Isikoff, known for meeting with Christopher Steele and breaking the dossier story prior to the 2016 election, admits the allegations are “largely false.” For over two years, teams of investigators and reporters have thoroughly examined the claims contained in the Steele Dossier and have been unable to corroborate a single one. Stated another way, “largely false” means “lies.” Trump’s presidency has been held hostage for two years now over a document that is nothing but a collection of lies.
Yesterday, it was reported that Christopher Steele admitted to a London court he was hired by Fusion GPS to create the dossier which Hillary Clinton’s lawyers would use to challenge the “legitimacy” of the election in the event she were to lose. Please see my colleague Sarah Lee’s post for the details.
Isikoff appeared on a John Ziegler Free Speech Broadcasting podcast, and said the following:
In broad strokes, Christopher Steele was clearly onto something, that there was a major Kremlin effort to interfere in our elections, that they were trying to help Trump’s campaign, and that there were multiple contacts between various Russian figures close to the government and various people in Trump’s campaign.
When you actually get into the details of the Steele dossier, the specific allegations, we have not seen the evidence to support them, and, in fact, there’s good grounds to think that some of the more sensational allegations will never be proven and are likely false.
At 4:40 in the video above, there is a clip of Greg Miller, author of the book “The Apprentice: Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy,” who agrees with Isikoff’s conclusions. Miller said:
The thing that people, I think, remember most vividly about the dossier is the idea that there is a tape somewhere or some [inaudible word] of Trump consorting with prostitutes at the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow, but we’ve seen no evidence and it’s not for lack of trying. I mean there’s other material in the dossier, we literally spent weeks and months trying to run down. There’s an assertion in there that Michael Cohen, Trump’s lawyer, went to Prague to settle some payments that were needed at the end of the campaign. We sent reporters through every hotel in Prague, through all over the place just to try to figure out if he was ever there and came away empty and we’ve talked to sources at the FBI and the CIA and elsewhere. They don’t believe that ever happened.
Also, highly partisan Washington attorney Lanny Davis, who currently represents Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, told MSNBC on Sunday “No, no Prague, ever, never.” Cohen’s trip to Prague to make payments to the Russians who allegedly helped Trump win the election was a major part of the dossier and has been proven to be an out-and-out lie.
Finally, we’re hearing some honesty from the left. But the damage inflicted on President Trump, to his presidency and yes mainstream media, to the country, has been enormous. The FBI used the dossier as the basis of their application to the FISA court for the warrant to spy on Trump associates. Worse still, in a process called circular reporting, the FBI used Michael Isikoff’s story for which Christopher Steele himself was the source, to corroborate the dossier on the FISA Court application.
And I wonder why the FISA Court judges, who are now aware that the FBI misrepresented key facts on the application and the three subsequent renewals, have not taken any action. Are they in on it?
In light of the fact that this document is now said to be a fabrication, will Mueller suddenly fold up his tent? Will the mainstream media announce they’ve made a terrible mistake? Don’t hold your breath.
Fox News contributor Dan Bongino states the case:
Despite mounds of resources, international intelligence agencies trying to verify it, the press, this dossier still appears to be one big hoax. But here’s the problem, the investigation would not exist without the dossier. But don’t take my word for it. I get it, the anti-Trump crowd, they see me, they know I’m a supporter of the President, don’t trust me, take the former number two at the FBI, Andy McCabe’s word for it, who actually said they would not have had a case without the dossier.
Think about where we are. They [the FBI] spied on the Trump team based on a hoax document that the number two at the FBI said they wouldn’t have had a case without. How does that not bother anybody listening right now?
Yesterday, we witnessed an uncharacteristically rattled, defensive and defiant James Comey. He spoke to reporters after a six-hour hearing before House lawmakers. I’ve never seen him in such an agitated state. Comey appeared as one who knows the jig is almost up. His comments to reporters can be viewed at 0:50 in the video above.
So another day of Hillary Clinton’s emails and the Steele dossier. This while the President of the United States is lying about the FBI, attacking the FBI, and attacking the rule of law in this country. Republicans used to understand that the actions of a president matter, the words of a president matter, the rule of law matters and the truth matters. Where are those Republicans today?
At some point, someone has to stand up, and in fear of Fox News, fear of their base, fear of mean tweets, stand up for the values of this country.
He was interrupted by Fox News’ Catherine Herridge: “Director Comey, the FBI’s reputation has taken a big hit in the last year. Do you share any of the responsibility for that?”
No, the FBI’s reputation has taken a big hit because the President of the United States has lied about it constantly.
His words are truly breathtaking. He is accusing Trump of the very same things of which he himself is guilty. I believe this is called projection.
More evidence of Comey’s self-delusion was on display at a CNN town hall last week. “Comey talked about how Republicans will have to rationalize their support for Trump to their grandchildren who will ask “did you trade a tax cut for the rule of law?” He continued:
What I hope they’ll do is ask themselves, Republicans — so what will I tell my grandchildren? When they ask me, so what did you do? Did you trade a tax cut for the rule of law? For equal protection of the laws for the truth? Really, grandpa?
Mr. Comey, that is a contemptible remark. You had better believe that none of us will stop until this fraud that you and your minions have perpetrated upon the President and the American people is exposed. The cat is halfway out of the bag now and you know it. And you are lashing out. Your flustered demeanor and your anger give you away.
And you better get used to hearings like the one you endured yesterday, because that’s how criminals are treated.