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Fusion GPS hiring murky by design, gives key Democrats dossier deniability

For darn near a year now, we’ve heard a consistent drumbeat of an upcoming day of reckoning from the leftist mainstream media: President Donald Trump, as a candidate, must have colluded with Russia in order to skew the election against Hillary Clinton.

I mean, Hillary lost, there is no other explanation for it — right? Wrong!

To support this contention, the mainstream media and Leftists have proposed seven main pieces of evidence: first, the warm rhetoric used by Trump himself with regard to the Russians; second, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s close relationship with the Russian government; third, former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn’s connections with the Russian government; fourth, former Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page’s apparent connections with the Russian government; fifth, Donald Trump Jr.’s approval of a meeting with Russian government-connected lawyers, supposedly to gather intelligence on Hillary; sixth, Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey and his statement to the Russians that he felt less pressure on Russia now; and finally, news that Trump’s data firm owned by the Mercer family, Cambridge Analytica, reached out to Julian Assange in an attempt to gain access to Hillary’s missing emails.

All of that could be seen as highly suspicious to some — and make no mistake Manafort appears to be headed for or already in trouble, but none of it shows actual collusion. At best, it could show attempted collusion. Yet we’ve heard nonstop calls for Trump’s impeachment.

Now, as it turns out that precisely the same sort of collusion they accused Trump of— this time, REAL collusion — took place in the Hillary Clinton campaign.

(Related: Gregg Jarrett on Hannity: Hillary Looking at 13 Different Charges, Minimum)

What The Hillary-Russia Collusion Scandal Does – And Doesn’t – Mean

So, the Hillary camp’s confirmed collusion with the Russian government is already more damning than the Trump camp’s suspected collusion with the Russian government.

But here’s where some on the Right go too far.

Today, The Wall Street Journal called on special investigator Robert Mueller to resign. Why? Because of suspicions, as yet unconfirmed, that the FBI under James Comey used the unconfirmed rumors in the dossier in political fashion to gain FISA warrants on Trump campaign figures, and that Comey, in political fashion, either tried to use the FBI or used the FBI to pay Steele in order to continue gathering information on Trump. Thus, the Journal editors suggest that Mueller, who used to run the FBI and is close to Comey personally, ought to recuse himself from the Trump-Russia investigation. Here’s the Journal:

The Fusion news means the FBI’s role in Russia’s election interference must now be investigated—even as the FBI and Justice insist that Mr. Mueller’s probe prevents them from cooperating with Congressional investigators. Mr. Mueller is a former FBI director, and for years he worked closely with Mr. Comey. It is no slur against Mr. Mueller’s integrity to say that he lacks the critical distance to conduct a credible probe of the bureau he ran for a dozen years. He could best serve the country by resigning to prevent further political turmoil over that conflict of interest.

This seems to be jumping the gun, at best. Perhaps Mueller ought to go. But this seems like more of a pretext to shut down the investigation than an actual charge against Mueller. Perhaps the investigation ought to be shut down, but that relies on the assumption that Hillary’s guilt ought to impact Trump’s potential guilt. In a political sense, that’s true. In a legal sense, it probably isn’t.

So, here’s where we are: Democratic insistence that Trump’s Russia collusion decided the election is ironic at best and wildly disingenuous at worst given what we now know about Hillary’s campaign connections with the Russians. This special counsel investigation was started because of Trump defending himself from spurious charges, but it’s ongoing nonetheless, and there aren’t a ton of excuses to shut Mueller down without some serious speculation.

(Related: The Obama Administration — IRS — Just OFFICIALLY Fell Into Another Scandal)

Fusion GPS hiring murky by design, gives key Democrats dossier deniability

‘We didn’t ask questions’: Fusion GPS link to Dems murky by design

The confusion surrounding who pulled the strings on the Democrat-funded research resulting in the controversial Trump dossier has only emboldened Republicans looking to cut through the fog, amid signs the connections between the project and its overseers were murky by design.

Why It Matters That The Clinton Campaign And DNC Funded The Dossier

To hear Democrats and the mainstream media tell it this week, it doesn’t matter that the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee paid for the infamous Trump dossier.

The only thing that does matter, they say, is that the allegations laid out in the dirty document have the potential to be true.

That Democratic talking point makes one lofty assumption. It takes for granted that the most troubling allegations in the dossier are true. In that scenario, it may not matter who paid the oppo firm Fusion GPS to pay Steele to produce the dossier.

Yet, nobody — including ex-Obamaites and Clinton campaign alum — can make that claim. The best that can be said about the dossier, more than 15 months after it first fell into the hands of FBI investigators, is that it is “uncorroborated” or “unverified.”

Imagine a scenario in which the dossier’s worst allegations — the blackmail and the collusion — are fabrications, disinformation or the result of garbled rumors and innuendo that somehow made a way into Steele’s salacious 35 page report.

In that scenario, the identity of the dossier’s financiers would matter.

It would matter in legal terms. Lawsuits have already been filed against BuzzFeed News for publishing the dossier, and also against Steele and Fusion GPS, the oppo firm that funded it. It’s not hard to imagine someone suing the Clinton campaign or DNC as well.

It would matter morally. Spreading unverified rumors about people — as Democrats did through Fusion GPS — is wrong.

(Related: WOW! Hillary is now RADICALLY SUCKING UP to Trump and Supporters Cause She Knows She Messed Up — And BAD!)

Pressure mounts on Mueller to resign over FBI ties to dossier scandal

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is facing a fresh round of calls from conservative critics for his resignation from the Russia collusion probe, amid revelations that have called into question the FBI’s own actions and potentially Mueller’s independence.

This week’s bombshell that a controversial anti-Trump dossier was funded by the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign has Republicans asking to what extent the FBI – which received some of the findings and briefly agreed to pay the same researcher to gather intelligence on Trump and Russia – used the politically connected material.

(Related: Trump seizes on Fusion GPS bombshell, calls Clinton’s dossier connection ‘disgrace’)

Outgoing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., a former federal prosecutor who endorsed Trump last year, also suggested Friday that Mueller consider stepping aside.

Also the Wall Street Journal editorial board cited the dossier development in calling for Mueller’s resignation on Thursday, saying the “troubling question is whether the FBI played a role” in aiding a “Russian disinformation campaign.”

“Two pertinent questions: Did the dossier trigger the FBI probe of the Trump campaign, and did Mr. Comey or his agents use it as evidence to seek wiretapping approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Trump campaign aides?” the editorial board wrote, before turning to Mueller’s role:

“The Fusion news means the FBI’s role in Russia’s election interference must now be investigated—even as the FBI and Justice insist that Mr. Mueller’s probe prevents them from cooperating with Congressional investigators. Mr. Mueller is a former FBI director, and for years he worked closely with Mr. Comey. It is no slur against Mr. Mueller’s integrity to say that he lacks the critical distance to conduct a credible probe of the bureau he ran for a dozen years. He could best serve the country by resigning to prevent further political turmoil over that conflict of interest.”

(Related: Tucker Carlson Dropped a BOMBSHELL Over Russian Influence Probe)

 And yet, AFTER ALL OF THIS. The left leaning media is scrambling to spin this.