It’s likely that all four sources the FBI used to start spying on President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign have connections to Bill and Hillary Clinton, according to a top investigative journalist.
Cody Shearer and Sidney Blumenthal, both longtime political hit men for the couple, are tied to a “pipeline of Clinton-related information” that led into the Department of State, forming a second “dossier” of dirt on that was used to get spy warrants.
Another source of information to the FBI was Fusion GPS, which was being paid by a prominent Washington, D.C., law firm, using funds from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
“When that is all put together … four out of four things the FBI used to start listening in on the Trump campaign comes back to the Clinton family,” said John Solomon, an award-winning investigative journalist and executive vice president of The Hill.
The FBI may be guilty of some politics in the so-called Trump-Russia collusion case, said former Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, sitting in Friday night for host Laura Ingraham on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller in May 2017 as special counsel to investigate the collusion allegations. Rosenstein made the appointment after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the case as a result of his having met, as a U.S. senator, with a Russian diplomat.
Chaffetz asked Solomon where the latest intrigue in the Trump-Russia investigation will go. Solomon said the very first report on so-called collusion, by an Australian ambassador in mid-2016, could show he had loyalties to the Clintons.
Last week, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released a four-page summary of classified information obtained by the panel. It claimed the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI relied almost entirely on a dubious dossier alleging Russian influence.
The dossier was produced by Christopher Steele, a former British spy and a long-time FBI resource, based mainly on material provided to him by sources linked to Russian government and business interests.
The government used the dossier to persuade the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to issue warrants for wiretapping Carter Page, a former volunteer Trump campaign aide who worked briefly on the election effort.
Solomon said another thing to watch for is the forthcoming report on the issue from the DOJ inspector general.
Solomon said another thing to watch for is the forthcoming report on the issue from the DOJ inspector general (IG). The IG previously embarrassed the FBI by releasing thousands of damaging text messages between two FBI employees involved in the collusion investigation. Many of the texts included outright partisan bias against Trump.
“It will be one of the most seminal moments in this whole thing,” said Solomon. “It will help to resolve how much politics was involved, and how much legitimate law enforcement [was involved]. When we see the full breadth of what the independent IG does, I think we’re going to see a more complete picture, and this debate may take an entirely different tack. It will.”