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By Robert W. Merry
Dutch Official Admits Lying About Meeting With Putin: Is Fake News Used by Russia or About Russia? (excerpt)
By Glenn Greenwald
Russia's Clash With the West Is About Geography, Not Ideology
The Marshall Plan recognized the limits of U.S. power in Europe. To be successful, so must diplomacy with Moscow today.
BY BENN STEIL
Democratic ties to Russia are ample, and often ethically dubious
BY SHARYL ATTKISSON
The FBI Was Desperate for Somebody to Spy On
The Steele dossier served up an improbable tale about Carter Page, but it would have to do.
By Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
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Is the Steele Dossier Full of СRussian DirtТ Ц or British?
By JAMES GEORGE JATRAS
Grassley's, Lindsey Graham's referral on Steele: did US media, Clinton campaign provide content for Trump Dossier?
Heavily redacted referral memo suggests US media, Clinton associates, had a hand in producing Trump Dossier (excerpt)
By Alexander Mercouris
Hot on the heels of the publication of the GOP memorandum (discussed by me here) has come another potentially even more extraordinary development in the Russiagate scandal.
This is the publication of a massively redacted version of the referral sent by Senators Grassley and Lindsey Graham to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein requesting that the Justice Department consider whether a criminal prosecution of Christopher Steele, the compiler of the Trump Dossier, should be brought.
The Senators' referral or memorandum is so heavily redacted (whole paragraphs have been entirely blacked out) that it is exceptionally difficult to follow, and any analysis of it must be treated as strictly provisional pending release of a less heavily redacted version.
However what can be read from the Senators' memorandum is disturbing enough.
Moreover it is now clear that over and above the lies Christopher Steele is alleged by the GOP memorandum to have told to the FBI about his contacts with the media, the Senators' concerns and their referral to Rosenstein extend to the content of the Trump Dossier itself.
In order to show how this is so I am going to set out the Senators' memorandum in its entirety. Given that the published version of this document is so incomplete, it seems to me that it might potentially distort it even further if I simply published extracts from it....
Based on what the Senators' memorandum tells us, there now has to be at least a possibility that Steele got the information about Kalugin not from his sources in Russia but from the State Department. That might explain why he got the spelling of Kalugin's name wrong.
If this is all correct, then it paints a most ominous picture.
It would mean that the US news media has been busy ever since the summer of 2016 reporting news about collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia which it had itself a hand in creating.
There also has to be concern that something more sinister was going on, and that what we are looking at is an intentional campaign of disinformation orchestrated during the Presidential election by people involved with the Clinton campaign.
I say this because - as the Senators point out - the DNC and the Clinton campaign not only paid for the Trump Dossier but people connected to the Clintons were also feeding information to Steele, some of which may have found its way into the Trump Dossier.
The very heavily redacted nature of the Senators' memorandum means that conclusions about it such as those made in this article must be tentative.
However on any analysis the facts set out in the heavily redacted version of the Senators' memorandum which has now been published are worrying enough.
Given the extent to which the Justice Department and the FBI have already been compromised by Christopher Steele's activities it is now obvious that they cannot be expected to conduct what now looks certain to be a criminal investigation which may touch on their own conduct.
Appointing a second Special Counsel to carry out a proper investigation is now essential.