Confirmed: "Unknown" Republican, Democrat Paid For Anti-Trump Report

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Having learned previously both the identity of the former British intelligence officer who compiled the "Trump dossier", revealed by the WSJ earlier this week as former MI-6 staffer Christopher Steele, currently director of London-based Orbis Business Intelligence, and that John McCain was the person who delivered the report to the FBI, one question remained: who commissioned the original report meant to uncover a material,i.e., campaign-ending, weakness in Donald Trump's past.

We now have an answer, or least a partial one. But first, a brief detour into just how Steele allegedly went about compiling his data.

In a report in Mother Jones, David Corn, who first broke the story that a former Western counterintelligence official had sent memos to the FBI with troubling allegations related to Donald Trump, writes about Steele's experience shortly after being retained in June by a "private research firm" to look into Trump's activity in Europe and Russia.  Steele recalls that "It started off as a fairly general inquiry." One question for him, he said, was, "Are there business ties in Russia?"

Corn then writes that the former intelligence official went to work and contacted his network of sources in Russia and elsewhere.

He soon received what he called "hair-raising" information. His sources told him, he said, that Trump had been "sexually compromised" by Russian intelligence in 2013 (when Trump was in Moscow for the Miss Universe contest) or earlier and that there was an "established exchange of information between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin of mutual benefit." He noted he was "shocked" by these allegations. By the end of June, he was sending reports of what he was finding to the American firm.

 

The former spy said he soon decided the information he was receiving was "sufficiently serious" for him to forward it to contacts he had at the FBI. He did this, he said, without permission from the American firm that had hired him. "This was an extraordinary situation," he remarked.

Corn writes that the FBI's response to Steele's information, was "shock and horror."

After a few weeks, the bureau asked him for information on his sources and their reliability and on how he had obtained his reports. He was also asked to continue to send copies of his subsequent reports to the bureau. These reports were not written, he noted, as finished work products; they were updates on what he was learning from his various sources. But he said, "My track record as a professional is second to no one."

Perhaps, although it does not explain either why the FBI took no action when presented with this "hair-raising", "shocking" information, despite his "track record as second to none", nor why McCain had possession of the document, and then also supposedly handed it off to the FBI. Steele told Corn that  he "believed this material was important, and he was unsure how the FBI was handling it. Certainly, there had been no public signs that the FBI was investigating these allegations. (The FBI at the time refused to tell me if it had received the memos or if it was examining the allegations.)"

Maybe the reason why the FBI had taken no action is because they knew data was fake, and that Steele himself was the subject of a hoax, one either perpetrated by 4Chan as the message board has claimed, or he was the victim of a counter-disinformation campaign by Russian "sources" (yes, Russian spies don't always tell the truth to UK spies) who meant to discredit Steele by providing him with purposefully wrong material.

Corn then tries to further validate the credibility of his source: "A senior US administration official told me that he had worked with the onetime spook and that the former spy had an established and respected track record of providing US government agencies with accurate and valuable information about sensitive national security matters. "He is a credible source who has provided information to the US government for a long time, which senior officials have found to be highly credible," this US official said." Yet he himself also admits that "I also was able to review the memos the former spy had written, and I quoted a few key portions in my article. I did not report the specific allegations—especially the lurid allegations about Trump's personal behavior—because they could not be confirmed."

So if the actual underlying allegations - the very basis of the report - could not be confirmed, what if any was the story? This is how Corn spins it:

The newsworthy story at this point was that a credible intelligence official had provided information to the FBI alleging Moscow had tried to cultivate and compromise a presidential candidate. And the issue at hand—at a time when the FBI was publicly disclosing information about its investigation of Hillary Clinton's handling of her email at the State Department—was whether the FBI had thoroughly investigated these allegations related to Russia and Trump. I also didn't post the memos, as BuzzFeed did this week, because the documents contained information about the former spy's sources that could place these people at risk.

That's not the end of it: now that his identity has been revealed, there is little downside to pushing forward, and Steele now says that "these allegations deserved a "substantial inquiry" within the FBI. Yet so far, the FBI has not yet said whether such an investigation has been conducted. As the former spy said to me, "The story has to come out."

Of course, the implied allegation is that Trump, was not only controlled by Putin due to the "kompromat" the Russian secret services had on him, but was also being protected by the FBI, which withheld this "shocking" report from the public.

There is just one problem. Others had it too... and here we go back to the original question: who commissioned the anti-Trump report in the first place?

Curiously, according to Steele, this spy whose "track record is second to none", has no idea. Says Corn, "the former spy said he was never told the identity of the client."

Well, that's not exactly true. He does know that the private research firm from the US "was conducting a Trump opposition research project that was first financed by a Republican source until the funding switched to a Democratic one."

In other words, while Steele didn't know the identity of the actual source of funds, he did know their ideological leanings.

However, someone who did seem to know the identity emerged on Wednesday, when BBC News' Paul Wood reported that "the opposition research firm that commissioned the report had worked first for a superpac - political action committee - supporting Jeb Bush during the Republican primaries."

The interview in which the Jed Bush connection emerged, was the following, in which Ted Malloch, a Trump insider, said the following:

Let me tell you what the British intelligence told me this morning. [Christopher Steele] was also an FBI asset at one point in time so he has an intelligence background, but he was paid for people that were working for Jeb Bush in order to discredit him. The democrats took over the contract. He kept adding to the dossier and using information given to him by the FSB in Russia, most of it fabricated, the more he put into the dossier, the more he got paid. So e made a sensationalist dossier, as fat as possible just like your lawyer charges you more billable hours in order to get paid more.

Almost as soon as the BBC report and interview hit, Charlie Spies, an attorney for Right to Rise USA, which had supported Bush's presidential candidacy, disputed it. "Right to Rise categorically denies the BBC reporter's made up report and will be demanding that he retract the made up allegation," Spies told TPM. "Other than enjoying James Bond movies, the PAC had nothing to do with British Intelligence officers." He also proceeded with a rejection on Twitter.

The head of the PAC, Mike Murphy, also tweeted a denial:

Naturally, good luck proving either side of the allegations.

As the WSJ explained in its initial report, "no presidential campaigns or super PACs reported payments to Orbis in their required Federal Election Commission filings. But several super PACs over the course of the campaign reported that they paid limited liability companies, whose ultimate owners may be difficult or impossible to discern."

Just as was intended, and surely no self-respecting spy would allow a SuperPac to pay him directly... or for that matter publicly.

So where do we stand now?

After a series of back and forths, Jeb Bush has been accused of funding the report, with his own SuperPAC immediately denying it, as it would of course, since there is no definitive evidence (yet?) of Bush's involvement.

However, courtesy of Corn's report, who is writing on behalf of Steele, we do know without dispute, that "the American firm was conducting a Trump opposition research project that was first financed by a Republican source until the funding switched to a Democratic one."

And all this happened after a British spy was being worked by the FSB, who provided him with fake intel, including the glorious Golden Shower scene (hopefully the impact of 4Chan will eventually emerge somewhere here) to stuff the report, and ask for even more cash from his client; a report which was so incredibly not even the FBI could do anything with it.

Could the Republican source have been Jeb Bush? Certainly: after all, the Republican funding stopped at one point - perhaps when Jeb dropped out of the primary - only to be replaced with a Democrat source. Incidentally, we also have very good sense of who the "Democratic source" funding Steele's research may have been.

We are confident we will know more soon. After all, none other than Trump earlier today promised his own Russia hacking report in 90 days when he lashed out at "sleazebag" Democrats and Republicans.

But the real point here is not who is behind it, but who had this report before it was finally released by Buzzfeed on Monday. And according to the latest information, not only the FBI, but also at least one Republican and one Democrat source had it. And yet nobody went public with it to "crush" the Trump campaign; instead the best "compromising" thing that could be dug up was the tape of Trump "grabbing women by the pussy."

It goes without saying that if there was indeed some Trump-crushing fact in the report, it would have emerged long ago, and if not by the FBI, then certainly by Trump's immediate competitors, both Republican and Democrat... unless they too were "compromised" by Russia.

Which is why, no matter how this story ends, it should be clear by now that nothing contained in the "Trump report" was in any way actionable, or else it would have seen the light of day long ago.

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FatTony7915726's picture

Jeb Bush isn't the sharpest tool in the shed, if you know what I mean! Old Pappy Bush had to take a little leverage to help poor feeble minded Jebbie.

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OfAllElaboratePlans (not verified) FatTony7915726 Jan 13, 2017 5:31 PM

< than SHRUB

froze25's picture

There is only 1 week left, the last thing they can do now to stop Trump is stage a NATIONAL EMERGENCY, to stop the Enguration. Watch for some bs to happen, know it's bull shit and don't except it.

Paul Kersey's picture

Could have been Pruneface McShame or Lady Lindsey.

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OfAllElaboratePlans (not verified) AllTimeWhys Jan 13, 2017 6:09 PM

Poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed (oh wait)

Stuck on Zero's picture

Calling this stuff "intelligence" is really a vast overestimate.

stant's picture

" punked by 4chan" sung with the tune saved by zero

BennyBoy's picture

 

This is highly compromised fake news.

booboo's picture

"instead the best "compromising" thing that could be dug up was the tape of Trump "grabbing women by the pussy."

So there is a "tape of Trump grabbing women by the pussy" was that audio? what does that sound like? a muffled grunt and an "oooh" and an "aaaahhh"

 

 

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) booboo Jan 13, 2017 8:57 PM

These Dems remind me of retarded schoolchildren playing hoaxes on their peers:

http://dailywesterner.com/news/2017-01-14/black-student-charged-in-hate-...

By retarded I mean black. 

espirit's picture

Unconfirmed: "Unknown" Republican, Democrat Paid For Anti-Trump Report.

Another Certainly Not News Nitwit report?

 

Fake doesn't even begin to describe it.

WordSmith2013's picture

http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=63148

 

The Donald Cannot Make A Wrong Move, The Trump Movement Will Not Be Thwarted
Manthong's picture

Anything David Corn-hole says or writes is worth the cob that falls to the bottom of the outhouse pit after it wipes a butt..

..you youngsters should spend  a bit of time on a real family farm.

gee.. I must be dating myself.. even family farms are likely to be regulated to provide contractor "rest stations" and any effuent is likely protected waters under US code.

 

AVmaster's picture

Yea, ok...

In order to read classfied information from intelligence meetings like trump has been for months now, YOU HAVE TO HAVE SECRET CLEARANCE.

In order to get Secret Clearance, the FBI and numerous other Alphabet .GOV agencies HAVE TO DO A BACKGROUND CHECK ON YOU.

 

This background check literally takes months. And THEY DO check everything on you, including your family, all the way up till when you were born...

 

What, you think they would just allow ANYONE in???

The Management's picture

Jeb Bush is SUPER CREEPY : "I love mah ... daaad - i would kill formah daaaad"

two hoots's picture

The only thing not leaked in the intelligence world is their budgets.

weburke's picture

really? Ah, no. george the first, will have his own crews do any killing. Jeb has killed no one. 

espirit's picture

It's 'grab some pussy', sort of like 'grabbing a drink', or 'grabbing a cab'.

A euphemism for 'getting some sooner then later'.

 

Trim. Is. All. It. Is.

 

Bubba Rum Das's picture

Christopher Steele = 'Dead Man Running'...-And he know's it-

U.K. Russian Embassy on the morning of 1/11 Tweeted: "There are no 'EX' MI-6 agents opposing either the Russian Government or the U.S. Government..."

The U.K. Daily Mail decribed the Tweet as "A cryptic Tweet from the Russian Embassy."

Seems to me that the message is pretty clear; no wonder "Mr. Steele packed his bags & went into hiding that morning, asking his next door neighbor to please feed his cat's while he is away."
Also, incidentally, Mr. Steele is married with 3 children.
The fact that Mr. Steele asked his neighbor to feed his cat's, makes it obvious that they also went into hiding.
Also, apparently, Mr. Steele was also somehow involved in the 'Litvinenko Polonium Poisoning Affair'; which the Russian Kremlin, Foreign Service & FSA claimed was a false flag pulled off by British Intelligence, in an attempt to blame Russia & damage Russia/ western relations...-And now this...Look's like Mr. Steele has gotten himself into some real deep shit now; shit that he won't be able to dig his way out of.

Don't be surprised if he just flat out 'disappears'.

By the way, anyone seen Ex Clinton Foundation CEO Eric 'follow the money' Braverman around?

Been 80 days since he's 'vanished'...

Dalcan5's picture

The real Baba Ram Dass would be horrified that you knocked off his name to appear on this board to spread your nonsense. The fact that you copied his name means you know of him which makes this crime even more profound. You have sullied the name of a true holy man, shame on you. You will certainly have to make amends for this, if not in this life but certainly in the next one. SHAME!

OutragedYT's picture

Exactly, like when you say your going to go get some pussy that just means you want some sex.

OutragedYT's picture

He was joking with a guy saying the women were so horny you could just reach out and grab them by the pussy. He never said he did it, and I understand what he was saying I have been places like that.

barndoor's picture

OBUMMER IS A FAG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Arrow4Truth's picture

Actually... yes, yes he is a homo.

strannick's picture

Jeb Bush: My mother is the finest woman I have ever known

Donald Trump: Maybe she should be running for President

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

"punked by 4chan"

 

And I gots the blues....

auricle's picture

What investigative body would publish information from an unknown source when they know the information is unproven? You only protect sources when the information appears to be true(watergate). When the information is fake and phony, you give up your sources. Otherwise, you are committing a crime of defamation or fraud. 

nmewn's picture

The Clintons & Bushes, why, who would have ever suspected? ;-)

Luc X. Ifer's picture

The old scums Soros and Bush planned and executed it. Old vampires used their connections at MI5 and CIA.

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

Yes, the same Bush family that was involved in the JFK assasination, the downfall of Nixon (via their proxy John Dean), the attempted assasination of Reagan (via their close family friends and chief financier of GHW's congressional campaigns, the Hinckleys), the 9/11 attacks, the looting of the US via the housing crash.  And let's not forget grandpa Bush's able assistance to Nazi Germany among other sordid things.  It seems almost everything that's vile in recent American history has the Bush family's fingerprints all over it. 

If you're interested in crawling down this rabbit hole, see Russ Baker's "Family of Secrets:  The Bush Dynasty America's Invsible Government and the HIdden History of the last 50 years"  or

Roger Stone's "Jeb! and the Bush Crime Family: The Inside Story of an American Dynasty"  

RiverRoad's picture

Add in Senator Prescott Bush, the father of George Bush, Sr.  It was during his last year in the Senate that the Saudi Oil Cartel was established.  Such cartels are illegal in the United States.

Who did Bush, Jr. immediately fly out of the US after 911?  Top members of the Saudi famililies.

peippe's picture

low-energy Jeb McFuckup.

is who.

beemasters's picture

Will 4Chan sue the "intelligence" for copyright infringement and for not getting a cut in the deal?

Creative_Destruct's picture

This is the bottom line:

"it should be clear by now that nothing contained in the "Trump report" was in any way actionable, or else it would have seen the light of day long ago."

It wasn't actionable during the campaign because even the worst of Trumps enemies could see that these asertions were unsubstantiated heresay at best.

But now all  McCarthyist tactics are on the table as a last ditch effort to discredit and delegitimize the Trump regime as the inauguration approaches .

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"...And yet nobody went public with it to "crush" the Trump campaign; instead the best "compromising" thing that could be dug up was the tape of Trump "grabbing women by the pussy.""~

It bears pointing out that there is no video or audio of Trump actually "grabbing women by the pussy". There is an audio tape of him talking about "grabbing women by the pussy". A vast difference, I would think, except to his enemies, (which is just about everyone in the War Party).

MrTouchdown's picture

"I have a reputation second to no one" means that you have no reputation.

 

In other news to all you spies out there: Jeb enjoys infant play. He dresses in baby clothes and has someone care for him like a baby. Totally legit, just trust me. This is only for the spies now! 

JRobby's picture

"My track record as a professional is second to no one."

This from a spook for hire. Why is Steele a "contractor" instead of in the employ of his country in the capacity of protecting his country?

Because you make much more money as a contractor and can work for all sides without any allegiance.

I am sure his track record as an expert in fellatio who nourishes himself solely on semen and vodka is second to none.

Proceed with his execution.

Kina's picture

If his "My track record as a professional is second to no one."

Why did he produce such a crappy report with obvious error?

The guy is full of shit, and no wonder he is in hiding, so he doesn't have to lie on TV about his invention.

espirit's picture

The national debt could be paid off selling tickets to Lottery Executions.

RiverRoad's picture

The Democratic Source?  The Clinton Slush Fund Foundation has a great track record.  Where is Eric Braverman?

slammin_dude's picture

No national emergency will stop Trump inauguration....they may move it to a secure location...but its a done deal

Urban Redneck's picture

That's not how it works.

The electoral college has voted.

Congress had ratified the EC vote.

At NOON EDT on January 20 Trump becomes POTUS, regardless of whether he takes any oath or where he is at noon.

If Trump id dead or incapacitated (or kidnapped) then Pence becomes POTUS.

No national emergency, declaration of war, or even the indictment or arrest of Trump changes that.

The inauguration is a PR show for the little people, and where bigger people get to show their "access" to a wide audience.  There is ZERO legal substance to it.

Croesus's picture

The Bushes: a family of creeps that never go away.

Fuck you, Low-energy Jeb..."boo-hoo...Daddy said it was my turn"..."I could do some really cool things"...

@ Jebby: Listen, man: A 50-something year old, plastic, fake phony fraud of a person like you, has no business using the word "Cool". You don't know jack shit about cool, since you're just another stale corporatist ball-licker, so fuck off.

Pack that in your report, asshole.

Chupacabra-322's picture

It's those Select Highly Compartmentalized Criminal Pure Evil Rogue Elements at the Deep State Top that have had control since the JFK Execution that have entrenched themselves for decades & refuse to relinquish Control.

It's The Black Hats Versus The White Hats. Pure Evil War / Economic Oligarch Criminal Dynasties which must fall but refuse.

Interesting Times.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

This story, if really TRUE, and I believe there is truth in it, is very discouraging.

Maybe the US Military should "accidently" drop a "bunker buster" bomb on the BUSH property for a true "SHOCK and AWE" moment.