The title gives the book away immediately. It is designed to make you believe that Trump’s election was corrupt from the beginning, starting with Putin, America’s new arch enemy. Although I had hoped this book would be a bit different, offering more neutral facts, but it was the same old, same old hatchet job, written by two Trump haters designed with the only purpose being to trash President Trump, and trash, they did.
A more discerning reader, than the average one who simply reads it to reinforce their dislike for Trump, and their anger at having their candidate lose what they are convinced was a stolen election, will actually begin to see the conspiring of the left, from day one, to destroy the legitimate election of President Trump by tainting it with investigation after investigation based on unverifiable facts, innuendo and any idea they thought would blow up into a scandal that would hurt him. Truly, the conduct of the investigations of the FBI and the behavior of the left, leaping to immediate conclusions that they thought would help their cause, including President Obama’s administration, is tainted with utter and complete bias, devoid of facts. Their actual intent was to alienate the electorate, convince them that the President was a criminal, and destroy his Presidency so they could have him removed because they could simply not accept the fact that he won. To do so would force them to face reality and their own failure. At first, there were saner minds prevailing, but as time went by and nothing concrete developed, they grabbed at straws and with the help of a biased press and FBI, they succeeded in beginning an investigation which would taint the entire Presidency, which was their goal, to begin with; they succeeded. History will judge them all, including the hypocrites who wrote the books without fairly showing both sides of the story.
While it is true, that President Trump, a non-politician used non traditional methods during his campaign, it is also true that after he won, the forces against him piled on in far greater numbers and with far murkier methods to destroy him. While Trump used, rather benign, sometimes comical, labels for those he was running against, those that were against him, used far more incriminating terms to describe him, without any evidence to back it up. They took private conversations and made them public and than used them as excuses for their public denouncements. Bullying from the left was rampant and totally excused by a fourth estate that forgot its purpose because it is populated, largely, by left-leaning journalists.
The lies of the Obama administration were totally ignored, Susan Rice and Hillary Clinton’s lies about the video blamed for Benghazi and Hillary’s use of a private email server were all dismissed as non-crimes, although they surely could have been investigated ad nauseum, as well, and a crime could have been discovered. Susan Rice’s unmasking of an American citizen’s private conversations was dismissed as well, when phony and uncorroborated excuses were used to allow it. John Kerry failed to understand what was happening in Russia, as did Obama, yet they were not investigated as to their possible reasons for dropping the ball. The attempt to attach a corruption charge to the Trump business dealings with Alfa Bank failed. When all of their so-called “legitimate” attempts failed to distract the world from Hillary’s offenses, the left created their own.
They were successful because the larger world was truly surprised when Trump won the nomination. They were further surprised when he won the election. In saner times, we would have moved on, but the left collaborated to keep Trump out of the mainstream, with incomplete briefings He was not informed fully about the Russian problem, partly because Obama and his friends did not want the world to know that they had dropped the ball.
If the Republican Party had hung tough, as the Democrats do, this might have blown over. However, there were moles in the party actively plotting against Trump, as well. They essentially shot themselves in the foot, starting with McCain, who disseminated the uncorroborated Steele dossier because it contained salacious information and McCain wanted to get back at Trump. Then you had Senator Flake and Corker who actively undermined every effort Trump undertook. Without the help of an honest media, the enemies of Trump had the stage and could plan the show as they wished. Scene after scene played out without any positive actions attributed to Trump. The only news was bad news about him. We were indoctrinated and we were being brainwashed. The idea that all the emails and other information about the corruption in the Clinton campaign were factual, didn’t matter. The media liked the unsubstantiated trash they could put out on Trump far better.
The left was quick to jump on anyone associated with the Trump campaign that seemed a bit dirty. They sullied even those with fine reputations by finding hints of wrongdoing from so many years ago it was neither possible to prove or refute them. They then callously ignored all of the truly underhanded people involved with Obama and Clinton, saying that was then, this is now. For their benefit, the time line jumped back and forth. For them, the past was meaningless. For Trump and his friends, it was all consuming. Although Trump has had a far more positive effect on the black and Hispanic communities, Issikof and Corn do not mention this. They reinforce his image as a racist, the name the left has branded all those who disagree with them. They decided their book would ultimately trash Trump, and the Afterword at the end of the book reinforces any notion of the book serving any other purpose. The choice of descriptive words by Issikof and Corn showed their deliberate intent to disparage Trump’s character and those that associated with him. Events were cherry-picked for the specific purpose of demeaning Trump; none were chosen to give him credibility.
When the Clinton campaign cheated and lied and misrepresented, it is treated as just a mistake…a mistake by seasoned politicians. When Trump’s campaign makes an error, it is egregious and criminal. This is probably the first time in history that the outgoing administration hindered, rather than helped the incoming one. Shame on them.
Incredibly, the fact that Obama interfered in Israel’s election is totally ignored as Russia is demonized from page one. I do not disparage the description of Russia’s intervention, only the absence of Obama’s into our allies election. The vindictiveness of the left is unsurpassed in history and history will not look kindly upon this period.
Corn and Issikof wrote a book which rocketed the Steele Dossier and Steele to star status. From the Times, some of their statements are analyzed. Anyone interested can read the entire article at this website:
Most of their claims have never been proven and Issikof has admitted it.
Below is all from the Washington Times article of 12/30/2018, written by Rowan Scarborough, Dossier fails the test of time; Trump-Russia collusion claims now called ‘likely false’
“Yahoo News’ Michael Isikoff, an early public conduit for Christopher Steele’s anti-Trump dossier, now says the former British spy’s sensational Russia collusion charges lack apparent evidence and are “likely false.”
As Election Day loomed in September 2016, Mr. Isikoff was the first Washington journalist to write about Mr. Steele’s memos. He focused on Mr. Steele’s contention that Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page met with nefarious operatives of Russian President Vladimir Putin during a publicly announced trip to Moscow in July 2016.
As reported by the Daily Caller, Mr. Isikoff this month told Mediaite columnist John Ziegler: “When you actually get into the details of the Steele dossier, the specific allegations, we have not seen the evidence to support them, and in fact, there is good grounds to think that some of the more sensational allegations will never be proven and are likely false.”
Mr. Isikoff is best friends with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, who hired Mr. Steele in May and June 2016 with money funneled through a law firm from the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Mr. Isikoff was one of a handful of mainstream journalists who met with Mr. Steele in Washington as arranged by Mr. Simpson.
Mother Jones magazine’s David Corn wrote the second Washington dossier story based on an interview with Mr. Steele, who acknowledged he was desperate to stop the Trump campaign and prompt the FBI to ratchet up its investigation.
The book helped Mr. Steele attract a large liberal following on social media that loyally attested to the dossier’s accuracy.
Mr. Steele also had a big fan in Rep. Adam B. Schiff, California Democrat, who read his charges at a March 2017 hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Mr. Schiff assumes the committee’s chairmanship in January. Republicans speculate that he will continue to collect and research Fusion GPS’s anti-Trump memos.
It has been 31 months since Mr. Steele submitted his first dossier memo in June 2016 to Fusion GPS; 30 months since the FBI opened an investigation that came to rely heavily on his work; 27 months since Mr. Isikoff wrote the first dossier story; 24 months since BuzzFeed posted the entire dossier; 24 months since the House and Senate intelligence committees opened their separate probes; and 19 months since special counsel Robert Mueller took charge of the Trump-Russia investigation.
The Washington Times looked at Mr. Steele’s core collusion charges to see how they have stood up:
⦁ Accusation: The Trump campaign was a partner in an “extensive conspiracy” with the Kremlin to interfere in the 2016 election.
Today: There is no confirmed public evidence. No Trump person has been charged in such a conspiracy. Mr. Mueller’s office informed President Trump that he isn’t a target.
⦁ Accusation: Then-Trump attorney Michael Cohen secretly traveled to Prague in August 2016 and met with Putin aides to organize cash payments to hush up hackers who infiltrated Democratic Party computers.
Today: There is no confirmed public evidence. Cohen, who has pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges and is cooperating with Mr. Mueller, still vehemently denies he ever went to Prague. No court filings indicate he has any knowledge of Trump collusion, and he has said he doesn’t.
McClatchy news service has published two stories asserting that Mr. Mueller has evidence Cohen went to Prague.
Fusion’s Mr. Simpson told Congress that Cohen could have traveled to Prague by way of a yacht and Russian aircraft.
Daniel Jones, a former Senate Democratic aide, told the FBI in 2017 that he had amassed $50 million from wealthy donors to keep investigating Mr. Trump. He said he hired Fusion GPS and Mr. Steele.
⦁ Accusation: Carter Page met with two Putin operatives and discussed a brokerage fee in return for pushing an end to U.S. sanctions on wealthy Russians and businesses.
Today: Pro-Russia energy investor Mr. Page embarked on perhaps the most suspicious course of action when he traveled to Moscow to deliver a public college speech in July 2106. He once worked in Moscow as a Merrill Lynch banker.
The FBI wiretapped him for one year based largely on the dossier. No evidence has emerged publicly that he ever met with Putin people or discussed bribes. He has told the FBI and Congress that he didn’t. He has not been charged.
⦁ Accusation: Mr. Page and campaign chairman Paul Manafort worked as a team to coordinate election interference with the Kremlin.
Today: No public evidence to support this scenario. The two say they don’t know each other and have never spoken. Manafort stands convicted of tax fraud and other charges. Mr. Mueller has made no court filing that indicates he is involved in a Russian election conspiracy.
Manafort attorney Kevin Downing filed a court paper saying he asked Mr. Mueller for any evidence of his client talking to Russian government officials. There was none, the attorney said.
⦁ Accusation: Mr. Trump actively supported ongoing computer hacking.
Today: No public evidence.
⦁ Accusation: The Trump “team” paid Russian hackers.
Today: No public evidence. Mr. Mueller brought indictments against the Russian intelligence officers who did the hacking and stole emails released by WikiLeaks. There is no indication that the funding came from Trump people.
⦁ Accusation: Mr. Trump maintained an eight-year relationship with Kremlin operatives in quid pro quo intelligence-sharing.
Today: No public evidence.
⦁ Accusation: Russian entrepreneur Aleksej Gubarev, owner of computer server provider XBT Holding, hacked the Democrats under pressure from Moscow intelligence.
Today: No public evidence. Mr. Gubarev’s attorneys say no U.S. authority has asked to interview him. The Mueller indictment against Russian hackers doesn’t mention XBT.
A U.S. District judge dismissed Mr. Gubarev’s libel lawsuit against BuzzFeed but not because the dossier is true. The judge ruled that BuzzFeed, which had published the unverified memos, was protected from libel because the FBI and intelligence agencies were using the dossier in their probes.
Mr. Gubarev is suing Mr. Steele for defamation in a London court. Mr. Steele has signed declarations saying his allegations needed to be investigated further.
In “Russian Roulette,” Mr. Isikoff and Mr. Corn paint a favorable portrait of Mr. Steele and his Orbis Business Intelligence in London.
“Steele was the heart of the operation. … Steele, who possessed a phenomenal memory, was a master of vacuuming up huge amounts of information and analyzing material,” they wrote.
The book says Mr. Steele relied heavily on a Russian “collector” who traveled to Moscow and learned supposed dirt on candidate Trump.
“Two weeks or so later, Steele flew to meet his chief collector in a European city,” the book says. “As Steele listened and took notes, he could scarcely believe what he was hearing. His collector, relaying what he had been told by his contacts, informed Steele that the Russians had been targeting and cultivating Trump for years and had even gathered kompromat on him, specifically tales of weird sexual indiscretions that the collector said ‘were an open secret’ in Moscow.
“Steele was horrified. ‘I thought I had heard and seen everything in my career,’ he told associates. Steele immediately notified Simpson. He had ‘absolute dynamite,’ Steele said, mentioning the sexual kompromat,” the book says.
Mr. Steele would include in the dossier’s June 20 memo a tale of Mr. Trump engaging in sex with Russian prostitutes at Moscow’s Ritz-Carlton hotel. Mr. Trump has denied this and told The Washington Times in April 2017 that the FBI’s reliance on Mr. Steele was a “disgrace.”
“Russian Roulette” was somewhat guarded in endorsing Mr. Steele’s sex charge: “As with Steele’s first report, none of the sources in the memos were identified. Steele later told associates one of the sources for the information was the paramour of a Kremlin insider. In short, it was pillow talk.”
In an interview this month, Mediaite’s Mr. Ziegler asked Mr. Isikoff whether the Steele dossier “has been somewhat vindicated.” Mr. Isikoff said, “No.”
The Times asked Mr. Isikoff which Steele allegation he has come to doubt. He declined to answer, saying he was waiting for Mr. Mueller’s report “like everybody else.”
Mr. Trump tweeted: “Michael Isikoff was the first to report Dossier allegations and now seriously doubts the Dossier claims. The whole Russian Collusion thing was a HOAX, but who is going to restore the good name of so many people whose reputations have been destroyed?”
Five Trump campaign figures have been convicted of crimes not directly related to any Russia election collusion, which was Mr. Mueller’s main task assigned by the Justice Department. Each report of a plea deal has spurred speculation among liberal pundits and politicians that Mr. Trump is doomed.
⦁ George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign volunteer, pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about when he joined the campaign and met with a Maltese professor in London. The professor told him he heard that Moscow owned thousands of Hillary Clinton emails. It may have been a reference to 30,000 emails during her tenure as secretary of state that she ordered destroyed.
Papadopoulos has said he never acted on the gossip and never met any Russians. He said he believes the FBI wiretapped him and assigned at least one spy to try to entrap him.
⦁ Paul Manafort was convicted in a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, of tax fraud, bank fraud and failure to disclose foreign bank accounts. He pleaded guilty in a D.C. federal court to witness tampering and conspiracy to defraud the United States.
⦁ Rick Gates, Manafort’s onetime business partner, pleaded guilty to making false statements and conspiracy against the United States.
⦁ Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about intercepted phone calls he conducted with the Russian ambassador during the Trump transition.
⦁ Cohen pleaded guilty to tax evasion on income from a taxicab business, lying to a bank and campaign finance offenses. He later said he lied to Congress about when negotiations ended with the Kremlin on building a Trump hotel.”