Why I Believe the Steele Dossier About Russian Interference in the 2016 Election Is Credible.
One would have to be living far off the grid indeed not to be aware of the political and media uproar over Russian interference in the 1916 presidential election. By this time, all but the ideologically blind accept as fact that the Russians interfered in the election campaign process through manipulation of social and other media, and through in-person interactions. Perhaps the most damning set of allegations were contained in a report compiled by Christopher Steele, a former Russia expert of the British Intelligence Service who was acting as a contractor for Fusion-GPS, a business research company led by Glenn Simpson. Among descriptions of specific contacts between members of Trumps campaign and Russian functionaries was a report that during a trip to Moscow, Donald Trump participated in a sex party(s) in including one in which prostitutes at his direction urinated on a hotel bed in which President and Mrs. Obama slept during an official trip to Moscow. Mr. Steele found the information from his sources to be reliable enough, and which raised concerns that the Russians might have compromising material with which to blackmail Donald Trump, that Mr. Steele referred his findings to the FBI. The “Steele Dossier” later became public. To White House Republicans and their supporters, this was all “fake news.” What should we believe? Since the matter is paralyzing the American governmental process and poisoning public discourse, one would think that knowing the truth (if there is such a thing anymore) to be important. A variety of legislative and law-enforcement entities have been addressing the matter in their own ways and for different motivations.
Earlier this month, one of an unknown number of documents prepared by one of the Senate or House committee investigations of Russian interference was made public: an interview before the Senate Judiciary Committee of Mr. Glenn Simpson on August 22, 2017. As a lover of original documents, I downloaded and read all 312 pages of the 9 1/2-hour session and also the famous Dossier that was its ultimate subject matter.
I offer a few summary comments and the basis for my opinion that the Dossier has been a self-proving document. Continue reading The Steele Dossier About Russian Interference in the 2016 Election Is Self-Proving.