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Mueller Probe's Original Premise Now Nearly Unrecognizable

Mueller Probe's Original Premise Now Nearly Unrecognizable
The Albert V. Bryan United States Courthouse is pictured before the arrival of former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort on August 7, 2018, in Alexandria, Virginia. Manafort has been charged with bank and tax fraud as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 01:35 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The endless carnival known as “The Mueller Investigation” grinds on endlessly. After two intensive years, the original premise, to provide evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, is nearly unrecognizable.

For more Americans very tired of this endless probe that has produced no smoking gun, it is time to review what has been “uncovered.” Perhaps the best place to begin is the beginning of this clearly partisan treasure hunt.

The first accusations made by the media-led Democrats was the jarring discovery that Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort had a meeting with a group of Russians. The supposed premise of this meeting was to obtain dirt on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

This is not an aberration of standard politics 101. It may seem childish to suggest that “they” all do it, but that is a very real answer. If the meeting was more than simply acquiring dirt for a campaign and national security issues were part of the conversation, the FBI should have been called. But after almost two years of intensive investigating, no evidence of this has ever been uncovered.

As an addendum, the president has stated publicly he was not involved. His former lawyer, Michael Cohen, says he was. However, his credibility as an ethical attorney has been disputed since it was acknowledged he regularly taped private conversations with his client, Donald Trump. What ethical lawyer does that? It sounds more like Cohen is panning to cash in on a big book.

The facts are the Russians approached the Trump people. It was not the other way around as the Trump-hating media portrays it. To add a bit of contrast to the story, the Clinton campaign openly sought dirt on Trump’s campaign and his people. Therein lies the story the left-leaning media never mentions.

One major story never seriously investigated by the torch-and-rope Fourth Estate is the April 2016 incident involving the Clinton campaign directly. At that time, Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias retained the opposition research firm Fusion GPS to compile incriminating information on Trump. The puzzle began to take shape.

Fusion GPS then hired former British MI6 (equivalent to our CIA) operative Christopher Steele. He possessed supposed Russian government official contacts. That led to the infamous dossier that was purported to be the smoking gun against the Trump campaign and quite possibly Trump himself.

Now publicly scorned, Steele’s sources included "a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure" and a “former top-level intelligence officer still active in the Kremlin." The former MI6’s salary was directly paid for by the Democratic National Committee. In other words, he was a paid agent of the Clinton campaign.

But to read the screaming headlines or watch most television media, this was the nail in Trump’s coffin. Until it was impossible to conceal the facts from the public, the true intrigue was not disclosed. Naturally Clinton herself claimed to know nothing.

Can anyone imagine this going virtually unnoticed by the media had it been Trump’s lawyer and the Republican National Committee who had hired a British spy to collect dirt on Hillary? How about if Trump’s wife ended up receiving speaking fees of $500,000 for a Moscow speech paid for by a Russian bank with direct links to the Kremlin? That is what Bill Clinton got.

When this was made public, the tune from the left changed dramatically. Their new talking point was that everybody does this in political campaigns. Opposition research is part of the game.

Steele himself even told the New York Post, "Opposition research happens on every campaign. I am damn glad Elias (Hillary’s campaign lawyer) pursued this on behalf of our campaign and only regret more of this material was not verified in time for the voters to learn it before the election."

The hypocrisy of the Democrats, Hillary and her campaign thugs is overwhelming. The real collusion here is between the media for underreporting and the party they enable; the Democrats.

The so-called Russian dossier was published by BuzzFeed in January 2019 (shortly before Trump’s inauguration). Is anyone with an open mind surprised that the public did not find out until the following October that the Clinton campaign paid for it? Why didn’t they speak up long before this revelation? The story was all but ignored by the partisan media.

Furthermore, in terms of some Russian conspiracy favoring Trump, the intelligence community assessment found that the Kremlin expected Clinton to win. Why would they cozy up to a loser like Trump?

The Mueller probe, investigation or inquisition rolls on. But the very origins of it now hang in the breeze for every American to scrutinize from now until the midterm elections.

Dwight L. Schwab, Jr. is an award-winning national political and foreign affairs columnist and published author. He has spent over 35 years in the publishing industry. His long-running articles include many years at Examiner.com and currently Newsblaze.com. Dwight is an author of two highly acclaimed books, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selected Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014" and "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Election in History." He is a native of Portland, Oregon, a journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, and a resident of the SF Bay Area. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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The endless carnival known as “The Mueller Investigation” grinds on endlessly. After two intensive years, the original premise, to provide evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, is nearly unrecognizable.
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