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Friday, January 19, 2018
How the liberal media portrays the GPS Fusion scandal
The following article appeared in
Powerline on January 17th
Today, the Washington Post’s David
Ignatius served up the establishment’s version of the GPS Fusion-FBI story. His
column is called “The truth about the FBI’s Russia probe.”
I present the
column because I think it’s important to know how the other side is
portraying the matter. Let it never be said that we’re living on a
I have a few thoughts on the column.
First, Ignatius is offering the side of the story told to him by his contacts
at the FBI. These are not disinterested sources. They may well be telling the
truth, but we shouldn’t exclude the possibility that they aren’t.
Second, Ignatius isn’t telling the
whole the truth. He says that Christopher Steele was hired by GPS Fusion, which
was “paid to dig up dirt on Trump, first by Republican opponents, then by
But GPS Fusion hired Steele, the
author of the anti-Trump dossier, when it was being paid by “Clinton
supporters,” not when it was being paid by Republicans. Moreover, GPS Fusion
was paid by the Clinton campaign, with the money funneled through the
law firm representing the campaign. Ignatius’ own newspaper has
so reported. But Ignatius talks not of the Clinton campaign but of “Clinton
Second, Ignatius speaks of Steele’s
sources without telling the reader that among his key sources were Russians
with connections to the government. I assume Ignatius omits this seemingly
significant detail because he doesn’t want his readers to realize that the
Clinton campaign, through Steele, was colluding with Russians.
Does anyone imagine that if Trump or
his supporters had used an investigator who relied on Russian sources with ties
to the regime, Ignatius would have omitted this fact? Of course not.
Glenn Simpson, GPS Co-Founder
Third, Ignatius, though doing his
best to prop up Steele as a reliable good source (the FIFA investigation and
all that), neglects to note that his major claims about Donald Trump could not
be corroborated. Ignatius also fails to discuss what, if anything, the FBI did
to corroborate them.
Fourth, Ignatius avoids the question
of whether the FBI used uncorroborated information from Steele’s dossier to
obtain warrants to engage in surveillance of Trump campaign staffers. If the
FBI did this, then it’s a major scandal. The widespread suspicion (including by
Lindsey Graham) that the FBI did use dossier information to obtain warrants
fuels much of the criticism of the bureau that Ignatius tries to counter or
We don’t know for sure yet whether
the FBI used dossier information in its filing with the FISA court. Thus,
Ignatius has a reasonable excuse for not discussing this matters. If it becomes
clear that the FBI did, in fact, use dossier information, it will be
interesting to see whether Ignatius lets his readers know.