BuzzFeed's post-election decision to publish the Clinton-Steele dossier may have been the single biggest blow to Team Coup. Because every piece of evidence shows that the piece of Clinton opposition research was the whole basis for the Russia conspiracy theory. Everything from the original eavesdropping on Trump associates to the Mueller investigation are the fruits of that poisoned tree.
Former CIA Director John Brennan’s insistence that the salacious and unverified Steele dossier was not part of the official Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 election is being contradicted by two top former officials.
Recently retired National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers stated in a classified letter to Congress that the Clinton campaign-funded memos did factor into the ICA. And James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence under President Obama, conceded in a recent CNN interview that the assessment was based on “some of the substantive content of the dossier.” Without elaborating, he maintained that “we were able to corroborate” certain allegations.