Who are the Republicans?
They are little more than elected members of the House of Representative, and the United States Senate who refuse to support their own president.
For the most part, many are RINOs like U.S. Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona who the president is using his political capitol to back the candidate, Kelli Ward, a former state senator who unsuccessfully ran against Sen. John McCain in 2016. who is running against Flake. (A great name for him)
It is indeed nice to see “The Republicans,” are not buying what the dossier is trying to sell all of us.
In this version of the story, the GOP-begun dossier originally was conventional opposition research involving Trump’s business dealings, it was not about Russia.
The Republican donor, the story goes, lost interest as Trump wrapped up the GOP nomination.
At that point, “Democratic supporters of Hillary Clinton,” according to the Times, picked up the project.
At about the same time, Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee was in the news, and Glenn Simpson, the former Wall Street Journal reporter who runs Fusion GPS, shifted the Trump dossier project to Russia, hiring former British spy Christopher Steele for the job.
So the Democratic part of the dossier story was the attempt to dredge up information on Russia.As far as the origin of the dossier is concerned, the idea that it all started with Republicans has become conventional wisdom.
- appeared to offer evidence for some of the most sensational accusations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russians;
- involved a pro-Clinton organization paying investigators who paid Kremlin-linked Russians for allegations about Trump; and
- set Comey and Trump on a collision course when Comey chose to brief Trump about the dossier in a one-on-one meeting when Trump was president-elect.
The story of the dossier, if it is ever learned, could greatly affect the way we think about the Trump-Russia matter.
One key talking point when the dossier is discussed is that it “started with Republicans,” that is, it was originally commissioned in fall 2015 by a GOP donor who hired a dirt-digging firm called Fusion GPS to look into candidate Trump.
The story, now widely told, appears to come from what a “person familiar” with the dossier told the New York Times in January of this year:
The story began in September 2015, when a wealthy Republican donor who strongly opposed Mr. Trump put up the money to hire a Washington research firm run by former journalists, Fusion GPS, to compile a dossier about the real estate magnate’s past scandals and weaknesses, according to a person familiar with the effort.
The person described the opposition research work on condition of anonymity, citing the volatile nature of the story and the likelihood of future legal disputes.
The identity of the donor is unclear.
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