President Donald Trump was ruthlessly attacked by Democrats for a now-debunked Russian collusion theory, but former Rep. Trey Gowdy pointed out that ex-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton actually spent money on Russian dirt.
Special counsel Robert Mueller finished his investigation into Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, and the president was ostensibly vindicated.
Now that it’s clear Trump or his campaign did not collude with the Russian government, it’s the perfect time to take a closer look at Clinton’s 2016 campaign.
During one of the presidential debates in 2016, Clinton made the false claim that Trump is a Russian “puppet,” but it seems that she was projecting. In fact, Clinton was the one who indirectly paid Russians for the debunked Steele dossier.
Speaking to Martha MacCallum on Fox News on Wednesday, Gowdy explained Clinton’s connection to Russia.
“There is only one campaign that took negative information from Russia. There is only one campaign that actually paid for that information,” Gowdy said.
“Fusion GPS and the Clinton campaign was actually spending money to dig up Russian dirt on Trump,” Gowdy added.
Of course, Gowdy is referring to the infamous Steele dossier, which was an anti-Trump report that former British spy Christopher Steele compiled.
Steele’s dossier might have been completely wrong, but he did have sources in the Russian government.
Marc A. Thiessen, columnist for The Washington Post, offered a more in-depth explanation of Clinton’s connection to Russia in August.
“In April 2016, Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias retained opposition research firm Fusion GPS to compile incriminating information on Trump. Fusion GPS in turn hired Christopher Steele, a former British MI6 operative with sources among Russian government officials,” Thiessen explained.
“That means a paid agent of the Clinton campaign approached Russian officials for damaging material on Trump,” Thiessen summarized.
Unlike the phony Russian collusion conspiracy theory, Clinton’s “opposition research” was an example of someone paying for Russian dirt in an attempt to influence the election.
And Gowdy questions why House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff is still focused on the debunked collusion theory instead of looking into Clinton’s campaign.
“I’ve never heard him address that,” Gowdy said about Schiff. “I’ve heard him talk about the Trump Tower meeting where nothing happened.”
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“I think he’d be taken a little bit more seriously if every once in a while he acknowledged the only campaign that took information from Russia was the campaign he supported,” Gowdy said.
If Democrats were serious about investigating potential Russian connections, they would also demand an investigation into Clinton’s 2016 campaign.