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After President Trump commented on the idea of receiving “foreign dirt” on an opponent on Thursday, cable news pundits fully dedicated themselves to moving the goal posts for what constitutes colluding with a foreign adversary. On “At This Hour With Kate Bolduan,” CNN reporter Evan Perez simultaneously downplayed the significance of the Steele dossier and failed to explain which 2016 campaign had actually paid a foreign adversary for opposition research (spoiler: it was the Hillary Clinton campaign).
Perez seemed to conclude that Trump’s hypothetical comments are much worse than the actual effect the Steele dossier had on the 2016 election because the dossier was written by someone connected to U.S. ally Great Britain, and because it was obtained by the FBI.
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“On one hand, you have Christopher Steele, who’s a former spy for the British intelligence services, one of the closest allies of the United States, who was — who again had a record of working with the FBI on investigations, and that information was used as part of a FISA application on Carter Page,” Perez said.
To put it bluntly, Steele was literally paid to collude with Russians in writing his infamous dossier. Yes, Clinton campaign subcontractor Steele is in fact British, but he admitted to the State Department that his sources for compiling the dossier were Kremlin officials.
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“Steele identified a former Russian spy chief and a top adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin as being involved in handling potentially compromising information about President Donald Trump,” The Daily Caller reported.
As for Perez’s claim that the FBI’s possession of the dossier negates any concern about foul play? It has been reported that the FBI also paid for and supported the genesis of the dossier. But...
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