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Seth Abramson @SethAbramson
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Hi Mollie, you do realize that this slickly worded tweet hides the fact that Clinton had no idea who was doing her opposition research or how, right? And that it also hides that the FBI-partner MI6 agent ("foreign spy," lol) doing the research didn't know who he was doing it for?
2/ I suppose you also know, @MZHemingway—because you're careful—that Steele wasn't hired to find "dirt," that he used MI6-derived sources, and that he didn't give anything to the media until federal law enforcement began hiding evidence of Trump's treachery from Americans, right?
3/ And certainly you know, @MZHemingway—because you're a pro—that a criminal investigation isn't a "[political] weapon [against Republicans]" when it's repeatedly passed standard-of-proof checks by Republican jurists, Republican law enforcement officers, and Republican attorneys?
4/ That tweet by @MZHemingway—amplified by Kremlin apologists like Greenwald—is slick propaganda that doesn't track with the facts as testified to under oath by a large number of Republican officials and civilians. No wonder Trump Jr—who'll be charged eventually—is retweeting it.
5/ Steele waited months for federal law enforcement (who he saw as longtime allies and partners) to take action on the information he gave, and spoke to media only after he saw disinformation coming out. He's a whistle-blower in that respect—something Greenwald should understand.
6/ Republicans hired Fusion GPS to investigate Trump's business dealings abroad because of Trump's *own opacity* and *own statements* on the question. Fusion GPS told Steele "find what you find"—there was no focus on dirt. Then: Clinton → DNC → Perkins Boie → Fusion → Steele.
7/ As the foregoing confirms, *every word* of that tweet by @MZHemingway is intended as propaganda. It cuts out major players; assigns motives; mischaracterizes actions; and leaves out veritable *realms* of explanatory information that would render the tweet a risible *nonsense*.
8/ Had Trump *released his tax returns like everyone else*, and had he not had an *insane unilaterally pro-Russia sanctions policy*, and had he not *spent a lifetime lying about his business dealings and specifically Russian ones*, Fusion wouldn't have been hired *by GOP pols*.
9/ That someone who works for @FDRLST would so devoutly work to assist a career criminal in covering up his crimes—the old ones against working-class contractors, the new ones against America—underscores that the "intellectual right" no longer has credibility on criminal justice.
10/ At this point the Republican Party proper is an oppo-research machine charged with pumping out fact-averse propaganda to give cover to a traitorous career criminal. Anyone in the establishment GOP apparatus who wants to remain a patriot should consider getting out *now*. /end
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