The Deep State is real, just ask Sean Hannity. Recently, Hannity asks, “Where is any evidence of collusion?” The Fox “news” and Trump narrative continues to be, “No Collusion.” Of course, the public remains unaware most of what is occurring in the Mueller investigation. Yet, there already is plenty of evidence and questionable ties to go along with the high number of indictments (and convictions) to suggest the Mueller investigation is far more than just a “WITCH HUNT!”
Welcome to another installment of Trump/Russia: Follow the $$$. Unlike previous editions of Follow the $$$ features, today’s focus will serve as a review of The Deep State’s known evidence versus those that claim the investigation is a mere witch hunt, an overreach, and has shown “NO COLLUSION!”
The first article will examine new information pertaining to the now-infamous Christopher Steele “Dossier.
The Steele Dossier
Upon reading the Steele dossier, it is readily apparent that the details listed within include too many names, places, and times to be pure speculation. The data in the dossier must either be made up, partially or mostly true. For the record, Steele’s intelligence collection is raw and designed to determine if any possible wrong-doing exists that may require further investigation. Christopher Steele has estimated his belief his Trump/Russia narratives are somewhere between 70-90% accurate.
A number of items in the dossier have been verified, the greatest claim the dossier is “fake” traces it’s origins to two primary disputes. The first claim, Steele reported that Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, went to Prague and met with Russians. The focus of this alleged meeting was to arrange payment of Russian hackers and to clean up any links that could connect Trump and Russia. This meeting would be team Trump’s key and best argument that the dossier was “false” and proof of “NO COLLUSION!”
In fact, Cohen would provide his passport as a way to verify that he has no stamp to indicate any previous visits to Prague. Of course, as many experienced European travelers are aware, one can move freely across much of Europe without the worry of using a passport. However, without any proof Mr. Cohen had been in Prague, one must assume– that Team Trump have a valid point. Also, until shown otherwise, it must be assumed that the meeting never happened, Cohen is innocent.
Then McClatchy Comes Along
Without proof Cohen had attended the claimed Prague meeting with Russians, there still remained questions surrounding his whereabouts. For starters, Cohen is on record declaring he did make three trips to Europe. A recent McClatchy report states, “Democratic investigators for the House and Senate Intelligence Committees… [pertaining to Russia meddling] are skeptical about whether Cohen was truthful about his 2016 travels to Europe when he was interviewed by the panels last October.”
The same report from McClatchy article reveals:
“The Justice Department special counsel has evidence that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and confidant, Michael Cohen, secretly made a late-summer trip to Prague during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
Confirmation of the trip would lend credence to a retired British spy’s report that Cohen strategized there with a powerful Kremlin figure about Russian meddling in the U.S. election.”
Needless to say, if proven true, this would a huge development. Not only would it serve to show that Cohen lied, it would also destroy the main argument to denounce the Steele dossier as “fake” news.
The next article will examine former-FBI Director James Comey’s take on his interactions with the President and will shed additional light on another Steele gathered intelligence claim.