For Senate Democrats, it’s like the dog that didn’t bark.
Amid the sound and fury shaking the nation’s capital over the endless allegations of the Trump campaign “colluding” with Russian operators to defeat Hillary Clinton and her corrupt Democrat machine in November, few items got the attention of the mainstream media like the “Trump dossier.”
Now, one of the sharpest columnists in Washington is making a case that the dossier has Democrat origins – and Senate Democrats are doing their best to keep that information from ever getting to the American public.
The infamous, innuendo-laden – and error-ridden – “Trump dossier” was put together by Fusion GPS, a firm with deep Democrat links that markets political dirt for smear campaigns that’s for sale to the highest bidder.
Since the document first exploded onto the public scene back in January, one question has never been answered publicly and that is who exactly paid Fusion GPS to put it together.
On Friday, The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel reported (subscription required) that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley has written to GPS founder Glenn Simpson demanding an answer to that.
But, Strassel reported, Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats – who are led by California’s Dianne Feinstein – “pointedly did not sign letters in which Mr. Grassley demanded that Fusion reveal who hired it.”
“Word is Mr. Simpson has made clear he will appear for a voluntary committee interview only if he is not specifically asked who hired him to dig dirt on Mr. Trump,” Strassel wrote. “Democrats are going to the mat for him over that demand.”
Now, why would Democrats not want a public airing about the document that has caused such grief to the Trump administration they loathe? The one that helped lead, if indirectly, to the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the young administration?
Strassel has a theory.
“What if, all this time, Washington and the media have had the Russia collusion story backward?” she wrote. “What if it wasn’t the Trump campaign playing footsie with the Vladimir Putin regime, but Democrats?…”
And the money behind the “Trump dossier”?
“Here’s a thought: What if it was the Democratic National Committee or Hillary Clinton’s campaign?” Strassel wrote. “What if that money flowed from a political entity on the left, to a private law firm, to Fusion, to a British spook, and then to Russian sources?”
Strassel ties her “Trump dossier” speculations in nicely with the Judiciary Committee Democrats’ sudden seeming willingness to forego a public grilling of Donald Trump Jr. over his overblown meeting with Russian operatives last summer in New York City’s Trump Tower.
Were Democrats who were once so overjoyed at the prospect of embarrassing the son of a sitting president they loathe suddenly petrified of embarrassing their own party – and themselves – by revealing to the American public that it was a Democrat checkbook that paid for the explosive document that managed to upend American politics, even it turned out to be largely bunk?
Judiciary Committee Democrats, led by the duplicitous Dianne Feinstein, might already know who was really behind the document. And, as Strassel points out, might have a good reason for not wanting the rest of the country to find it out.
“If the Russian intention was to sow chaos in the American political system, few things could have been more effective than that dossier, which ramped up an FBI investigation and sparked congressional probes and a special counsel, deeply wounding the president,” Strassel wrote. “This is all to Mr. Putin’s benefit, and the question is whether Russia engineered it.”
Maybe. And maybe it was really the Democrat intention to sow chaos in the American political system before Trump could even take the oath of office. Maybe it was really Democrats — or one of their “progressive” proxies — who were really behind the “Trump dossier.” And maybe a truthful response to Grassley’s letter could reveal who the supposed Russians were all along.
When it comes to the Trump dossier, and Democrat unwillingness to question the man whose company compiled it, another question arises:
“What did Democrats know, and when did they know it?”
Until we get the answer to that, the sound and fury of the collusion investigation really could end up signifying nothing.
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