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Cyrus Toulabi @CyrusToulabi
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#TRUTHBOMB: You've heard it a million times.

"There was No Collusion except with the Democrats and Russia!"

It's an often-repeated right-wing counter-narrative pointing to the FusionGPS commissioned #SteeleDossier.

Here's why they're full of it and how to counter it.

#FLAG: Trump defenders say if it's illegal to get "opposition research" from a foreign national...

...then the Democrats are guilty of it, because they commissioned Christopher Steele, a former British spy and UK national, to gather intel that became the #SteeleDossier.

#FLAG: Let's look at the specific law...

52 USC 30121 - It's illegal to solicit, accept, or receive a contribution (opposition research) or donation of money or other thing of value from a foreign national in connection with an election.

But the fact is. STEELE WAS PAID.

#BOTTOMLINE: It's LEGAL to pay a foreign nation in exchange for a service.

The DNC/Clinton Campaign hired FusionGPS for opposition research into Trump and Russia, after the primaries.

They commissioned Steele. NOT a donation or contribution.

#FYI: Steele DID NOT PAY RUSSIAN SOURCES for the raw intel.

Republicans have tried to connect the money trail from Democrats to Russia — to make it appear more shady AND to discredit Steele and the info. They claim sources lied b/c they were paid.

#FTR: On the other hand, the Trump Tower Meeting DIRECTLY VIOLATED the law.

At a minimum, Don Jr. and the Trump Campaign solicited a contribution from a foreign government — in the form of "dirt," a thing of value (they call opposition research).

#FTR: Don Jr. solicited free "dirt" — a donation or contribution. If called opposition research, it's certainly a thing of value that campaigns pay for.

P.S. - It's in the context of a Quid Pro Quo. Dirt in exchange for lifted Magnitsky Sanctions.

#RELATED: Glad to see I'm not the only one trying to counter the Right Wing talking point...

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