If we found out that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee had paid a firm working for the Russians to create a file of fabricated attacks on Hillary Clinton during the election cycle, would the media treat it as an impeachable offense? Would such efforts be considered an attack on the foundations of our democracy? Would liberal columnists make sensationalist claims that the Russians had “carried out a successful plan to pick the government of the United States”? Would they argue that the election had been rigged? Would they demand that Republicans pick their country over their party?
Of course they would.
According to the Washington Post, much of this likely happened — but in reverse. It claims that Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, had hired the Washington, D.C., firm Fusion GPS to do opposition work. The firm was working on behalf of Russians to undermine American sanctions. And it is likely that Russian sources were in part responsible for some of their bogus assertions.
If the Post is correct, those involved in hiring the firm lied about it for a year. Yes, we knew that Democrats had contracted the opposition research, but we didn’t know it was the national party and presidential candidate who did so. (Reports also say that one unknown Republican was involved with Fusion GPS before the firm hired Christopher Steele, a former British spy, to author the dossier.)
The dossier reached the highest levels of the intelligence community. Then–FBI director James Comey briefed President Obama and President-elect Trump about the dossier after the election. Information leaked from the dossier was what really revved up the Russia-collusion scare in January.
Maybe another Robert Mueller is needed to get to the truth.
No doubt there is much more to this story. For now, though, Fusion GPS officials have taken the Fifth (despite what you may have heard from some reporters) and asked a federal judge to block a House intelligence committee request for access to bank records. Maybe another Robert Mueller is needed to get to the truth, since independent counsels don’t seem to function under these strictures — or any, for that matter.
This is all old news, they tell us. While Clinton’s plans for the presidency did indeed fail, I’ve been informed on numerous occasions that a foreign attack on our democratic process is tantamount to a declaration of war. I mean, we know that Clinton has been tied to Russian uranium interests going back to 2009, but this all happened just last year. Surely, those who are ready to condemn Attorney General Jeff Sessions for attending the same party as a Russian diplomat are somewhat concerned about the DNC hiring a firm that was actively attempting to weaken the Magnitsky Act during a national election.
Now, some of us believe much of the Russia scare is a politically motivated effort to undermine the legitimacy of an election. Voting totals were never “hacked.” Not one vote was manipulated. Americans still possess free will. On the other hand, there’s no doubt Russia would love to instigate unrest in the United States. Democrats have been telling us this for a year. So those who automatically dismiss this inconvenient Fusion GPS story as irrelevant only reveal that they were never very serious about the Russian interference in the first place.
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— David Harsanyi is a senior editor of the Federalist and the author of The People Have Spoken (and They Are Wrong): The Case against Democracy. © 2017 Creators.co