By implying that even handling this intelligence is something akin to a major federal felony, they leave the impression that *no one* could believe such allegations.
(1) A civilian passes on info he can't vouch for—but that looks serious—to the appropriate authorities. That's okay.
(2) The appropriate authorities pass on information they know to be false to a Trump advisor to aid a disinformation campaign. That's not okay.
That's *stunning*—particularly given that he *does* have oversight powers over the latter situation, and clearly does *not* have oversight powers over the former.
Steele's sources say it's true. Shearer's sources say it's true. A Trump Org employee, Kata Sarka, and a Ritz Moscow guest can all confirm major parts of it.
Compare that to the president and his stooges in Congress calling for the imprisonment of FBI officials and trying to destroy the FBI.