Did Obama Know About Trump Dossier Creation from Beginning?
New evidence has emerged that strongly suggests Barack Obama may have known about the intelligence that became the basis for the Trump dossier even before it was presented to intelligence officers in the summer of 2016, and there is even stronger evidence that he most probably used it as the pretext to obtain FISA surveillance on Trump associates, and push the narrative that Trump was colluding with Russians in the 2016 elections.
An in-depth investigation of public sources by Lee Smith of Tablet Mag shows that the substance of what formed the Trump dossier existed years before the summer of 2016, and was based on articles that Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson and his wife, Mary Jacoby, had researched and co-written regarding Paul Manafort’s shady dealings with the Russian government—these are the very same dealings he is now under indictment for, and quite apart from any connection to the Trump campaign, in fact, what most media outlets fail to mention when they speak of Manafort and his indictment, is that when Trump discovered his questionable international dealings in August of 2016, he asked him to resign from then campaign.
Tablet Mag outlines how Mary Jacoby—remember this name—bragged about how her husband helped get the “Russiagate” narrative started—it is also interesting to note that this claim, tracks with what Simpson himself said when he met last month with House investigators. He was upset about Comey’s email investigation into Clinton and wanted to push back, by using the Trump dossier. This indicates an unusual alignment with Fusion GPS and the Hillary campaign, aside from just being a gun-for-hire opposition research firm.
A Tablet investigation using public sources to trace the evolution of the now-famous dossier suggests that central elements of the Russiagate scandal emerged not from the British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s top-secret “sources” in the Russian government—which are unlikely to exist separate from Russian government control—but from a series of stories that Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson and his wife Mary Jacoby co-wrote for TheWall Street Journal well before Fusion GPS existed, and Donald Trump was simply another loud-mouthed Manhattan real estate millionaire.
Understanding the origins of the “Steele dossier” is especially important because of what it tells us about the nature and the workings of what its supporters would hopefully describe as an ongoing campaign to remove the elected president of the United States.
[…] In a Facebook post from June 24, 2017, that Tablet has seen in screenshots, Jacoby claimed that her husband deserves the lion’s share of credit for Russiagate. (She has not replied to repeated requests for comment.) “It’s come to my attention that some people still don’t realize what Glenn’s role was in exposing Putin’s control of Donald Trump,” Jacoby wrote. “Let’s be clear. Glenn conducted the investigation. Glenn hired Chris Steele. Chris Steele worked for Glenn.”
This assertion is hardly a simple assertion of family pride; it goes directly to the nature of what became known as the “Steele dossier,” on which the Russiagate narrative is founded…
This timeline is so transparent it’s deafening.
Simpson and Jacoby had ID’d Manafort as a world-class sleazeball and they were right. A slick Georgetown Law grad running in GOP circles since the Reagan campaign, Manafort used his talents and connections to get paid by some very bad people. I would only add here that, in my personal experience, journalists are not in the habit of forgetting major stories they’ve written, especially stories with a character like Manafort at the center.
So when the Trump campaign named Paul Manafort as its campaign convention manager on March 28, 2016, you can bet that Simpson and Jacoby’s eyes lit up. And as it happened, at the exact same time that Trump hired Manafort, Fusion GPS was in negotiations with Perkins Coie, the law firm representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, to see if there was interest in the firm continuing the opposition research on the Trump campaign they had started for the Washington Free Beacon…
The Tablet-Mag outline shows how the source material, that posed as “Russian intelligence” was shoddy precisely because those who were working on it didn’t actually have any real connection to Russian sources for decades. So they relied on the information that Simpson had already compiled about Manafort, and strategically built the rest from there.
In June, three months after being hired by the lawyers for the Clinton campaign and the DNC, Simpson brought on Steele—but Steele hadn’t lived or worked in Russia in nearly 25 years. Since he was identified as a British spy in 1999, and was head of the Russia desk when Russian assassins killed FSB defector Alexander Litvinenko in a sushi restaurant in the British capital, Steele was hardly in a position to make discreet inquiries. Still, Simpson must have thought Steele’s name at a minimum would be useful in marketing whatever his firm pulled together. Reportedly, Steele had a good relationship with the FBI, and journalists love spies who spill secrets.
Nellie Ohr [the wife of top DOJ official Bruce Ohr, who also met with Steele during the elections and Simpson afterward, and was only recently made public knowledge], Fusion’s next hire, spoke Russian and wrote well enough to publish in academic journals. But she hadn’t lived in Russia for decades either, and she was not a spy, or even a journalist. In this world, she was definitely an amateur. Presumably, as a result of all the above, much of the reporting in the dossier is recognizably the kind of patter that locals in closed or semi-closed societies engage in to impress expats—the kind of thing you hear in a bar, or on the cab ride from the airport to the hotel. So you’re telling me this guy Carter Page, who almost no one in Moscow has heard of, was offered a 19 percent stake in Rosneft—worth around $10 billion—if Trump relieved sanctions on Russia? Da—some say even 21 percent…
All of the evidence shows the distinct trail of the finished Steele Dossier entering into the White House and how President Obama likely saw and reviewed the content, making its use for political purposes far worse than Watergate.
[I]f a sitting president used the instruments of state, including the intelligence community, to disseminate and legitimize a piece of paid opposition research in order to first obtain warrants to spy on the other party’s campaign, and then to de-legitimize the results of an election once the other party’s candidate won, we’re looking at a scandal that dwarfs Watergate—a story not about a bad man in the White House, but about the subversion of key security institutions that are charged with protecting core elements of our democratic process while operating largely in the shadows…
Yet Smith leans on the side of assuming that Obama wasn’t aware of the dossier’s formation at the outset, only that it arrived at his desk in August as an “intelligence” document, and that it was used from their for surveillance and investigative purposes against Trump and associates.
Enter in the next piece of evidence.
Online investigator Katica found a very troubling connection in the dossier timeline that heretofore has remained unknown, and might potentially be huge. In April 2016, a Mary B. Jacoby, shows up on White House visitor logs meeting with President Obama officials, for a “tour.” That was the same month that the Clinton Campaign and DNC hired Fusion-GPS—using the law-firm Perkins Coi, as a conduit—to organize the “Russia” research, that later became known as the “Steele Dossier,” once Steele was brought on board in June to give Simpsons past research an “intelligence flair to it.
April is also the same month Fusion hired Nellie Ohr, wife of DOJ Deputy Bruce Ohr, to gather opposition research on candidate Trump. It would be most likely that Nellie Ohr was in contact with Christopher Steele. DOJ Deputy Attorney Bruce Ohr was later demoted for his unreported contacts with Steele and Simpson.
Later, at the end of April the Obama campaign also paid Perkins Coi, for “legal services,” and then a much larger payment at the end of September, which just happens to fit the timeline of when the dossier creation began, and when its finished form began to be peddled to media outlets.
This trail of investigative breadcrumbs leads inexorably to the door of Barack Obama, and indeed makes the Watergate scandal look like child’s play.
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