President Donald J. Trump is weighing in on the infamous dossier on his background, put together by the Clinton party during his campaign race. The dossier, originally put together by former British spy Christopher Steele, contained a plethora of allegations suggesting that Trump was unscrupulous and even connected to high-ranking businessmen in Russia. Oddly enough, the report was initially released by viral post on the website BuzzFeed, with a disclaimer that the allegations were unproven.
In his Twitter reaction to the dossier, Trump questioned the blame for the dossier by suggesting it originated with one of three parties.
“Workers of firm involved with the discredited and Fake Dossier take the 5th. Who paid for it, Russia, the FBI or the Dems (or all)?”
The House Intelligence Committee questioned political research firm, Fusion GPS, on Wednesday, but turned up nothing after the organization invoked their Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination.
Trump also accused the U.S. Intelligence community of failing to protect him from the dossier and its “untruthful” content, suggesting it was “disgraceful” that they allowed “information [out] that turned out to be so false and fake.” He also suggested such tactics were “something that Nazi Germany would have done and did.”
- The controversial dossier accuses Trump of having ties with Russia
- It also claims Trump spent time in Moscow of hiring prostitutes
- Most of the claims are largely unsubstantiated or outright unproven
- Steele went into hiding out of fear of Russian retribution over his involvement
- The DNC has refused all blame for the dossier, citing total non-involvement
- The Fusion GPS report was originally funded by a GOP consultant
- There is evidence that the report was later funded by Clinton lawyer Marc E. Elias
What steps should be taken to prevent this kind of thing from happening in the future — or do you think this should be prevented?