The problem here is that the dossier has been mostly proven accurate. Carter Page did visit Moscow during the campaign; Russians were running influence campaigns for Trump; Trump did pursue real estate deals in Russia; Manafort’s dealings in Ukraine were illegal.
There are specifics about the dossier that appear incorrect (the intel Cohen visited Prague) or unproven (the pee tape). But the intelligence didn’t have the hallmarks of a Russian disinfo campaign because it came from a former MI6 agent.
Furthermore, no one was lying about how they got it. Steele gave it to American Congressional staffers. Republicans and later the DNC paid for the research—they didn’t lie.

Here, the “hard drive” was “dropped off to a computer store” before the company even sold them?
The computer store “tech expert” says he called FBI, then said FBI called him; Giuliani admits its 50/50 that it’s a Russian disinfo campaign.

Final key point: the dossier was published IN JANUARY after Trump won. No one released it before the election!

So yeah. Not the same.

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18 Oct
Possessing child pornography is a strict liability offense. So if the computer hardware guy, or Rudy Giuliani, or Steve Bannon perused the hard drive and saw child porn, then maintained possession of it or imaged the hard drive, they’d each be guilty of a federal crime.
All this is to say—none of them said anything about child porn. Not to the FBI, not to the public; none of the emails said that. Senator Ron Johnson (one of the “July 4th in Moscow” bunch) made that claim on Fox News today.
Just another reason to believe this is perhaps one of the dumbest/sickest hoaxes perpetrated on the American people. The disgusting inclusion of a text from Joe Biden to his son about how much he loves him while he struggled with self esteem in recovery from addiction. Shameless.
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18 Oct
Why are Rudy Giuliani, Russian intelligence, Steve Bannon, Chinese energy company CEFC, Kremlin oil giant Rosneft and VTB Bank all connected to the “Hunter Biden emails” story? This is collusion on steroids and in broad daylight.
Details:

- Giuliani got story from GRU agent
- Bannon hyped it up
- story says Hunter tied to CEFC
- CEFC tried to buy Rosneft stake mentioned in Steele dossier
- VTB Bank financed purchase
- VTB in charge of Trump Tower Moscow
- Bannon ally Guo’s jet owned by VTB subsidiary
Crazy bunch of loose threads. But the story stinks to high heaven. Is it an attempt to put whatever shenanigans were going with Rosneft sale to the Bidens? Was CEFC corruptly involved with VTB Bank? Why was Bannon flying around on Guo’s jet, owned by VEB (VTB sub)?
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15 Oct
NYT: US Intelligence believes the Burisma “emails” released today are forged and part of a Kremlin-GRU attempt to influence the election.
Not surprising to many but glad to see NYT getting Intel folks to comment about fears the Burisma hack is connected to chatter about an “October surprise” and possible forgeries.
So people see for themselves:
Read 4 tweets
13 Oct
NYT article criticizing folks asking “Who loaned Trump $421 million?” is weird. Citizens are aware loans came from Deutsche Bank.

Deutsche is a Russian laundromat. It is logical to question $421 million in Trump loans—especially after NYT reported Trump’s finances were awful.
Deutsche in particular has been creative in how it launders money. They created a mirror trading scheme between Moscow and London to launder money by stock trades. NYT always stresses there’s no formal Russia connection yet.

But to assail people for raising questions? Weird.
The NYT is correct in asserting the debt is still owned by Deutsche. But NYT also reported suspicious activity between Trump/Kushner accounts and Russian individuals; $46 million in Trump accounts from shady licensing deals; weird real estate sales between oligarchs and Trump.
Read 9 tweets
13 Oct
BREAKING: Trump has filed emergency request at US Supreme Court to keep his accountant/tax records from NY Grand Jury.

This is the second round of appeals of the case he lost in July, when SCOTUS rejected “total immunity” argument and instructed him to make ordinary arguments.
First line of argument grasping for reason to appeal case:

“This Court rarely denies review when a President seeks certiorari. And it has never denied review when a President claims that he is being subjected to unlawful legal process.”

In short: Hear it because he’s President.
SCOTUS already determined this was not unlawful legal process. District and Second Circuit courts said the same—twice. Trump got his first case heard at SCOTUS because he is President; every justice rejected his “total immunity” argument. Are they really going to hear it again?
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8 Oct
NEW: extremist group in Michigan wanted to hold a “treason” trial and murder Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
The group is called “Wolverine Watchmen.” MI has charged other members outside the 6 charged by the feds for attempted terrorism and felony possession charges. The group discussed annihilating the country in order to “conquer it” and “take it back.”
To clarify: MI is charging for support of terrorist acts; feds charging for different crimes.
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