(National Sentinel)Â Politics:Â For months Democrats (and some #NeverTrump Republicans), as well as the propaganda â€œmainstreamâ€ media, have been accusing President Donald J. Trump and his inner circle of â€œcolludingâ€ with Russia to â€œsteal the electionâ€ from Hillary Clinton.
One of the central pieces of â€œevidenceâ€ is the so-called â€œTrump dossierâ€ that has never been substantiated and in fact has been discredited by its so-called creator, former British spy Christopher Steele.
In fact, the FBI relied on the wild allegations made in the dossier as â€œjustification to win approval to secretly monitor a Trump associate,â€ CNNÂ reported in April, adding:
The dossier has also been cited by FBI Director James Comey in some of his briefings to members of Congress in recent weeks, as one of the sources of information the bureau has used to bolster its investigation, according to U.S. officials briefed on the probe.
This includes approval from the secret court that oversees the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to monitor the communications of Carter Page, two of the officials said. Last year, Page was identified by the Trump campaign as an adviser on national security.
But subsequent reporting noted that the dossier was â€˜financed,â€™ so to speak, by a Democratic opposition research firm based in Washington, D.C. â€” Fusion GPS â€” and since then, more questions have swirled regarding what level of cooperation the Democratic Party had with Russia. (RELATED: Are Democrats behind the dubious Trump dossier that has triggered so many â€˜Russiaâ€™ investigations?)
In a column for The Wall Street Journal, Kimberly A. Strassel noted that itâ€™s been just over a week since Democrats were elated by the news that Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wanted Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort to appear before the panel to answer questions, publicly, about their meeting last June with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower who claimed she had Kremlin-supplied dirt on the Clinton campaign.
â€œYet Democrats now have meekly and noiselessly retreated, agreeing to let both men speak to the committee in private,â€ she wrote. â€œWhy would they so suddenly be willing to let go of this moment of political opportunity?â€
The firmâ€™s co-founder, Glenn Simpson, a former reporter for the WSJ, was also going to appear in public before Grassleyâ€™s committee, where he planned to plead the Fifth Amendmentâ€™s protection against self-incrimination. But Democrats happily agreed to conduct all the testimony behind closed doors.
How does Fusion GPS figure into Trump Jrâ€™sÂ and Manafortâ€™s testimony? As The Daily Caller noted in a July report:
Trump Jr. had been told that Veselnitskaya would provide derogatory information about Hillary Clinton. During the meeting, she focused on the Magnitsky Act.
Fusion GPS figures into the case because the firm worked alongside Veselnitskaya on an anti-Magnitsky Act lobbying campaign.
Strassel opines that, had Simpson been hauled before Grassleyâ€™s committee in a public forum, heâ€™d have been asked who hired his firm to assemble the dirt on Trump, which was based on anonymous Russian sources. â€œTurns out Democrats are willing to give up just about anything â€” including their Manafort moment â€” to protect Mr. Simpson from having to answer that question,â€ she noted, adding: â€œWhat if, all this time, Washington and the media have had the Russian collusion story backward? What if it wasnâ€™t the Trump campaign playing footsie with the Vladimir Putin regime, but Democrats?â€
The more information is revealed about Fusion GPS, the more that seems the likely case: She says â€œword has itâ€ that Simpson has agreed to appear before Grassleyâ€™s committee, but only if heâ€™s not asked who hired him to dig up Trump dirt â€” and â€œDemocrats are going to the mat for him over that demand,â€ Strassel reported.
If Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Democrats, and their sycophantic media allies are really after the truth about Russian meddling, they will pursue any and all leads to and from Fusion. But if they punt, then we will know for certain that they were never after the truth.
This story originally appeared at NewsTarget.com.