One of the strangest instances of political debauchery that our nation has ever seen in finally being fully investigated, and some of the claims emanating from the innards of that probe are set to blow the roof off of the “RussiaGate” ruse.
The conspiracy theory surrounding the 2016 election, in which the Democrats attempt to use a purchased “dossier” of alleged evidence to prove that Donald Trump was some “double agent” working for the Kremlin, has long been considered completely nonsensical by those close to the story. But now, as John Durham’s probe of the hoax continues, new evidence is emerging and proving just how deeply flawed the situation was.
Declassified for Durham’s probe, a March 2017 memo prepared by Lisa Page for FBI head James Comey’s meeting with Congress’ “Gang of Eight” — the bipartisan House and Senate leaders who oversee the most classified stuff — was a total cook-up job.
It advised Comey to present accusations that Trump’s campaign chair Paul Manafort and foreign policy adviser Carter Page were working with the Russian government as coming from a confidential Russia-based source with real intel-community chops. In fact, the FBI had already established that the root source was US-based former Brookings flunky Igor Danchenko’s utterly speculative gossip with an ex-girlfriend and a Democratic Party hack.
That, plus publicly reported info, was all Christopher Steele (a retired British spy who doesn’t even speak Russian) ever had to back up his “dossier.” And the FBI knew it since at least January 2017, when it interviewed Danchenko.
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok, analyst Brian Auten and Justice attorney Kevin Clinesmith pretended the Danchenko “intel” was credible to get the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court’s OK for wiretaps on Carter Page and dupe the Justice Department to keep granting approval for Trump campaign surveillance (which did not corroborate the wild claims). Again, all while they knew Danchenko had admitted it was baseless.
These bombshell revelations are already turning heads in the American political world, but there is still plenty of work left for John Durham.