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Dan Bongino: Russian 'Dossier' Against Trump Based On 10 Year Old Wall Street Journal Article

Former US Secret Service agent Dan Bongino told on his YouTube channel that the idea of ​​a conspiracy between US President Donald Trap and Russia was taken from Glenn Simpson articles in The Wall Street Journalwritten in 2007 year.

Screenshot from video: YouTube / Dan Bongino

“Ladies and gentlemen, Democrats were looking for a ready-made scenario to attack Donald Trump, and thus the dossier appeared. But the information in this dossier is very close to the article written by the founder of the company that prepared this dossier, Glenn Simpson, who founded Fusion GPS, ”said Bongino.

Simpson founded a company that received funding from Democrats to investigate Trump data long before he wrote an article for The Wall Street Journal, that is, the dossier was written at least 10 years before Trump’s presidential campaign.

The conspiracy participants in the article and in the dossier, according to Bongino, almost completely coincide.

"According to the plot of an article in The Wall Street Journal, written in 2007 by Glenn Simpson and his wife, former Soviet officials are trying to influence American politics," - said the former secret service agent.

The April 17 article of 2017, written by Simpson and Mary Jacoby, was titled “How lobbyists helped former Soviet officials influence Washington.”

“This article bears a lot of similarities with the dossier: plot, heroes. Who is the article talking about? This is Manafort, Deripaska. Deripaska is not mentioned in the dossier, but he plays a big role in the entire plot of Russian influence on the US elections, ”Bongino said.

Of course, that just the very similarity is not enough. But the fact that the dossier was based on an article 10-year-old, indirectly confirmed in its testimony to Congress Nellie Or, who worked on Fusion GPS during the election campaign 2016 of the year.

She testified before Congress in the fall of 2018 of the year, but the transcript of her affidavit was made public only on March 28.

“I should mention one important aspect of my memories of him (Glenn Simpson) - he did an important job as a journalist for The Wall Street Journal, in particular in the study of Russian corruption and organized crime, oligarchs and the like. So I knew that we were both interested in this topic. It was a kind of context for our discussion ”, - quoted the words of Or Bongino.

“Thus, Nelly Ohr practically confirmed that Glenn Simpson's previous work on Manafort and what he considered Russian influence in the United States through Manafort and others - the fruits of his journalistic activities were now carried over to the Trump campaign. And this is the kind of expert Simpson found. But who found Simpson? Democrats and Hillary Clinton. Democrats were looking for a ready-made narrative about the Russians to attack Donald Trump. And they found a face that had a ready-made narrative, because it already wrote about it in The Wall Street Journal many years ago, ”said Bongino.

He added that the Democrats had already tested this idea in 2008 year against John McCain, who had become a member of the presidential election race. Then he was attacked because of alleged ties with Russia, based on the above article in The Wall Street Journal. And at the time it worked,

Bongino noted that everything looks as if the Democrats offered Simpson “to remove John McCain's name and replace him with the name of Donald Trump”, and thus received a file, and this was indirectly confirmed in his testimony by Nellie Or.

You can view the full testimony of Op. linkThe mentioned excerpt is on the 20 page.

The fact that the "dossier" on Trump is based on an old article, some media wrote back in 2017 year. Then the journalist came to this conclusion Tablet magazine Lee Smith.

“Tablet's open source investigation revealed that the central elements of the Russagate scandal did not come from the top-secret“ sources ”of British ex-spy Christopher Steele in the Russian government, which hardly exist without the full control of the Russian government, but from a series of stories that the co-founder Fusion GPS Glenn Simpson and his wife Mary Jacoby co-wrote for The Wall Street Journal long before Fusion GPS came along, and Donald Trump was just another Manhattan real estate millionaire, ”Smith wrote at the time.

Smith said that in his article Simpson and his wife called Paul Manafort a key player in representing Russian interests in the United States.

“They continued to write it over the years. So when Manafort was hired by Trump's chief of staff, Simpson - now the Fusion GPS manager - made him the center of his research and knew enough background information to build a dossier that looks like the truth, ”Smith said.

In his article, Smith emphasized that Fusion GPS had few sources in Russia. Nellie Or, who also worked with Fusion GPS and was married to a senior official in the Department of Justice under the Obama administration, was not in Russia for several decades, and Christopher Steele, a former British spy who was hired to work on the dossier, had very little reliable contacts.

“Simpson's previous articles in The Wall Street Journal were probably his best resource. And if the CIA and the FBI believed him, then they probably did not have reliable sources on Russia either, ”suggested Smith.

“Thus, the entire investigation about Russia may not be based on factual data, but on information that is ten years out of date. Manafort's strong ties with Russia certainly served as the basis for Special Attorney Robert Mueller, but the general theory that Russia may have colluded with the Trump campaign looks extremely flimsy, "Smith said in 2017, 2019 year it was confirmed that there was no collusion. But a year and a half ago, almost no attention was paid to Smith’s article, since everyone was busy inflating the scandal about Russia's interference in American elections.

It is worth noting that in her testimony Nellie Or admitted that in 2016 she sympathized with Hillary Clinton, so collecting information against Trump as part of her work on Fusion GPS was not unpleasant for her, writes Daily Caller.

“Perhaps I would be less comfortable doing a reverse study that would target Hillary Clinton,” Ohr said.

When asked why, she replied: "Because I preferred Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate."

Recall, in addition to the article 10-year-old from the testimony of Nelly Or in Congress, it became known one of the sources of the dossier against Trump was the Ukrainian parliamentarian Sergey Leschenko. This is not the only time that Ukrainians tried to play for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 elections. Details of the Ukrainian intervention in the American elections, read on link.

Nelli Or, a former employee of Fusion GPS in Washington, said that Sergey Leshchenko, a former investigative journalist who became a Ukrainian parliamentarian, was the source of Fusion GPS during the 2016 presidential election campaign of the year.

Fusion GPS is known for its work on compiling a dossier against Donald Trump, claiming that Trump and his campaign headquarters have colluded with the Russian authorities to influence the outcome of the 2016 election of the year.

Having received 1 a million dollars from the National Democratic Party Committee and Hillary Clinton's headquarters, Fusion GPS hired former British spy Christopher Steele to investigate Trump's ties to Russia. While this investigation lasted, Fusion GPS was digging into Trump's dirty underwear, the members of his headquarters and his family.

Or also told Congress that Fusion GPS commissioned her study of the travel and business activities of Trump's children. Op and some of the company's employees also focused on finding information about Paul Manaforte, who served as head of Trump's campaign headquarters from April to August 2016.

In addition to gathering information and intelligence about people involved in the Trump campaign, Fusion GPS also distributed its investigation findings in the press.

In addition, Nelli Or stated that Leshchenko also provided Fusion GPS with information about Manaforte.

Leshchenko, a member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine's Committee on Preventing and Combating Corruption, is widely known for having published the so-called “black ledger”, which was intended to show that Manafort received $ 2012 million in illegal cash payments from the former president of Ukraine in 12,7 Viktor Yanukovych. Manafort worked as a public relations consultant for Yanukovych and his political party from 2004 to 2014.

Leshchenko was widely represented in the media during and after the 2016 US presidential campaign. He actively pressed charges against Manafort and sought to portray Trump as a "pro-Russian candidate."

In connection with his actions, it was established that Leshchenko illegally interfered in the 2016 American elections. On December 11, 2018, a court in Kiev ruled that Leshchenko's disclosure of information about Manafort "led to interference in the US electoral processes in 2016 and damaged the interests of Ukraine as a state."

In response, Leshchenko accused the president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, that he was stifling the investigation of the Manafort case in order to enlist the support of the Trump administration.

The very “black bookkeeping” of Yanukovich, which Leshchenko published, was subjected to a thorough analysis, and its authenticity has not yet been confirmed.

The head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine, Nazar Kholodnitsky, told 27 on June 2017 of the year that the investigators did not have evidence that Manafort had received illegal payments from Yanukovych, as indicated in a document published by Leshchenko.

While the veracity of black bookkeeping remains controversial, Leshchenko's disclosure of this document was instrumental in Manafort's departure from the Trump campaign and likely sparked the interest of US prosecutors as possible election interference. Foreign Policy magazine called Leshchenko "the Ukrainian who drowned Paul Manafort."

Leshchenko's aggressive tactics also subjected his actions to additional verification.

According to Politico sources, Leshchenko tried to blackmail Manafort by contacting his daughter and informing her that he was aware of Manafort’s deals with Ukraine, the 23 February issue of 2017 says.

“Considering all the facts and evidence that I have in my possession, before deciding whether to transfer it to the National Bureau for Combating Corruption of Ukraine or the FBI, I would like to know your opinion on this matter and perhaps you will find a way to convince me to do otherwise, ”says a message sent to Manafort from an email address associated with Leshchenko.

Leshchenko categorically denied having contacted the Manafort family or threatened with extortion.

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