The story that has been at the forefront of the media for the last year has been potential collusion between President Trump’s campaign team and Russian “actors.” Is it all a fabrication as many suspect? Or is it, in fact, a cover-up for very real collusion between Hillary Clinton, the Obama administration and questionable characters in the Russian crime world?
The basis of the collusion story is laid out in Jonathon Allen’s book about the Clinton election campaign, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign:
“Within 24 hours of her concession speech, [campaign chair John Podesta and manager Robby Mook] assembled her communications team at the Brooklyn headquarters to engineer the case that the election wasn’t entirely on the up-and-up. For a couple of hours, with Shake Shack containers littering the room, they went over the script they would pitch to the press and the public. Already, Russian hacking was the centerpiece of the argument.”
Former Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri set out exactly how correspondence with the media should take place:
“If we make plain that what Russia has done is nothing less than an attack on our republic, the public will be with us. And the more we talk about it, the more they’ll be with us,” she advised. “Polls show that voters are now concerned about the Russia story and overwhelmingly support an independent investigation.”
The media decided that there was some credibility initially, although senior figures have admitted on camera that they thought the whole story was a “nothingburger.” Yet this did not stop the complicit media engaging in operation: Resist Trump at the behest of the Democrats. According to the New York Post:
A new Media Research Center study finds that, since the inauguration, major TV news networks have devoted an astonishing 1,000 minutes out of a total 5,015 minutes of Trump administration coverage discussing speculation the Trump campaign may have colluded with Moscow in hacking Clinton campaign e-mails, “which means the Russia story alone has comprised almost one-fifth of all Trump news this year.”
They point out that conversely, the Uranium One story which does involve Russian Collusion with the former government received around 20 seconds in total news coverage.
The latest revelations also indicate that the Trump Dossier was commissioned and paid for by the DNC and the Clinton campaign. Between them, it is suggested that more than $9 million was spent to get false “opposition research” from Fusion GPS from Russian connected propaganda sources. The legitimacy of said dossier has been called into question on numerous occasions. The majority of which has been shown to be provable false.
Uranium One and the false dossier details are starting get out to the public. Almost exclusively via social media and Fox News. As the questions start to rise, Hillary Clinton and Democrats are desperately trying to deflect the attention back on to President Trump and the, thus far baseless, accusations of his collusion. However, the recent lifting of a gag order against an FBI informant may soon blow the lid off of the Uranium One story.
Hillary Clinton and the DNC’s desperate attempts to deflect and minimize may soon come to an end. The, as yet unnamed, FBI informant is set to present evidence and testify before select Congressional Committee chairs.
Mark is a political writer and journalist who has worked on campaigns for Brexit.