By Jordan Schachtel
All roads – and all dossiers – lead back to Hillary.
Hillary Clinton continues to emerge as the main facilitator for not only the research, but also the primary source information that was supplied to create the impression that President Trump was working with Moscow to defeat her electoral ambitions.
Certainly, we shouldn’t dismiss the role the Obama White House played in abusing surveillance powers to spy on American citizens without cause, but that’s a separate (and very important) issue. The government surveillance initiated against then-candidate Trump during the 2016 election would not have been possible had it not been for the work of several prominent figures linked to Hillary Clinton.
Here’s some of the evidence detailing how the Clinton machine manufactured Trump-Russia:
The First Dossier
We know with 100 percent certainty that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC paid for the research that led to what is referred to in the media as the “Steele dossier.” This week, a Senate committee showed evidence not only that the Clinton campaign funded dossier development efforts, but also that Clinton associates were sources for Steele’s information.
On Monday, Republican senators revealed that Clinton operatives were used to substantiate information about candidate Trump’s supposed collusion with Russia.
“It is troubling enough that the Clinton Campaign funded Mr. Steele’s work, but that these Clinton associates were contemporaneously feeding Mr. Steele allegations raises additional concerns about his credibility,” Senators Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham wrote to the Justice Department Monday.
According to the Senate findings, the first dossier actually originated with a foreign source (that was likely based in Russia). That source then passed information to an associate of the Clinton family, who then turned it over to a State Department official, who then delivered that information to Mr. Steele.
The Second Dossier
Last week, we learned that a second Trump-Russia dossier was created by sources directly linked to Hillary Clinton.
The Guardian reported that Cody Shearer — who has served for decades as something resembling a private intelligence operative for Hillary Clinton — is the man behind the second dossier. The first dossier created a long trail of sources to unlink Hillary Clinton from its origins. The second one was reportedly created by someone who has answered to her family since 1992.
There are seemingly only two documents in the world that share the eye-catching allegations forwarded about President Trump: the two Trump-Russia dossiers. Given this fact, Hillary Clinton’s trusted confidants were all too likely much bigger players in the formulation and manipulation of the “Trump-Russia” narrative than the media and former administration officials have led us to believe.
Cody Shearer and Sid Blumenthal
More and more evidence continues to surface linking the two longtime Clinton family operatives with the creation of the Trump-Russia narrative that led to the Mueller investigation.
On Tuesday, Rep. Jim Jordan accused the two of being intimately involved in an attempt at “rigging the game” with collusion conspiracies.
Jordan said it appears “they paid Steele to put together the dossier and told him what to put in. Talk about rigging the game and putting together a document that will serve your purposes as an opposition research document.”
Hillary Clinton’s use of Shearer and Blumenthal is explored in her private email communications with the two. When Clinton served as secretary of state, she tasked Shearer and Blumenthal with running off-the-books intelligence operations on her behalf. Blumenthal, who has a reputation as a hatchet man, was likely forced into this unofficial position because he was responsible for spreading “birther” rumors about President Obama.
The Isikoff Article
According to the Nunes memo, the FISA application to spy on Carter Page “extensively” cited a 2016 article by Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News. His reporting made various claims about Page’s 2016 trip to Moscow. The memo confirms that Isikoff’s reporting is based on evidence supplied by Christopher Steele, who compiled the first “Trump-Russia” dossier.
But it gets worse.
Isikoff is closely connected to the DNC and is known to travel in the same circles as the individuals who compiled and financed the Trump-Russia dossiers.
Moreover, a Wikileaks release found that during the presidential election season, the DNC (which was controlled by the Clinton campaign) recruited Isikoff to dig up dirt on then-candidate Trump. It’s unclear whether Isikoff decided to team up with the DNC. However, just a few months following the DNC outreach, Isikoff published the Yahoo article.
“Phase two” of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’ investigation involves the role that the State Department played in creating momentum for the Trump-Russia investigation.
Former State Department official Jonathan Winer is believed to be the person who established the connection between Christopher Steele and the Obama State Department during the 2016 campaign, according to reports in The Guardian and the Washington Post.
He is very well acquainted with key resources for the Trump-Russia dossiers. Conservative Review has found that in April, Winer attended the same highbrow, exclusive Miami intelligence conference alongside the heads of Fusion GPS, the firm that helped develop the Steele dossier.
Winer has been described as a “friend” of Steele’s. As the State Department’s former Special Envoy for Libya, he worked closely with Clinton operatives Cody Shearer and Sid Blumenthal, who were also tasked with creating Libya policy.
The bottom line
In her hell-bent quest to become president of the United States, Hillary Clinton pulled out all the stops to create a massive roadblock for Donald Trump’s electoral victory, using sketchy sources and foreign spies to do her dirty work. By all the evidence we have, her operatives manufactured the Trump-Russia narrative, just like they manufactured the Obama birther narrative.