Democrats and their media allies eagerly accepted the claims that Trump was a blackmailed stooge of Russia and its president, and hence then-President Trump posed a literal national security threat to our nation. But that claim has fallen apart after Durham has charged key people behind the allegations for lying to the FBI about what they alleged and who they were working for when they met with FBI agents.
How bad is the backtracking? The Washington Post has gone back in time and edited numerous anti-Trump stories from 2017 and 2019 related to the Steele dossier, The Washington Examiner points out in a Nov. 12 story.
According to the Examiner, the Post erased its past stories after the Dept. of Justice announced charges against Igor Danchenko, who is allegedly a key source behind some of the most salacious allegations about Trump and Russian prostitutes. Those sordid details are included in the "dossier" that was described by the media as a reliable intelligence briefing by Christopher Steele, a British citizen and former spy.
Danchenko, who told Steele about the prostitute story, worked closely with Charles H. Dolan, a longtime Clinton loyalist who allegedly fed rumors and innuendo to Dancheko. Both Dolan and Danchenko have been charged in recent weeks for lying to the FBI, and those charges came after the DOJ announced in September a grand jury had indicted attorney John Sussmann for lying to the FBI, too.
Sussmann worked for the powerful D.C.-based law firm Perkins Coie, where Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign was a client.
Thanks to Durham's investigations, "another vital piece of the puzzle has been filled in," legal analyst Gregg Jarrett writes in a Fox News op-ed. "It wasn’t a Russian insider, but a Hillary crony who furnished material for some of the dossier’s deceitful claims."
Geoff Dickens of the Media Research Center tells AFN the Post "scrubbed" its past stories because Sally Buzbee, the executive editor, admitted in an "extensive" correction that the newspaper could not defend the accuracy of its reporting over the last three years.
"And then [the correction] talks about all the things that came from the Steele Dossier they can no longer stand by," Dickens points out.
Gary Bauer, chairman of the Campaign for Working Families, tells American Family News the American public now knows this was a complete and total lie that leads back to the Clintons.
“What we do know for sure,” he says, “is this is the biggest dirty trick in American politics.”
During the 1990s, Americans learned that dirty tricks and proclamations of innocence were routine during the Bill Clinton presidency, when a ruthless and calculating Hillary Clinton was lurking in the background. Back then, President Clinton and the First Lady escaped scandal after scandal, too, while others resigned or, worse, were led away in handcuffs.
"It’s hard to conceive of anyone more duplicitous and despicable," Jarrett concludes in his op-ed, "than Hillary Clinton."
Editor's Note: This story has been updated with comments from Geoff Dickens of The Media Research Center.