Turns out there’s more to the whole opposition research thing than critics of President Trump’s remarks to George Stephanopoulos perhaps realized. I don’t expect George or colleagues like him to express much, if any, curiosity and go investigate, but here at Ricochet, we like to know what’s underneath the rocks.
Some background: As has been mentioned in other thread comments, Senator Mitt Romney in particular voiced strong criticism of President Trump’s saying he would listen to information (aka “dirt,” “oppo research”) provided by a foreign entity, though I have not seen in Romney’s comments acknowledgment of POTUS’ saying he would hand over something illegal to authorities. Seems to me if members of Congress like Pelosi, Schumer, Romney, et al., have major concerns about politicians accepting information from foreign entities they are the perfect individuals to take the perfect action to address the problem: pass a law. Be sure to include law firms acting on behalf of politicians, and policy-making committee members who meet with lobbyists on behalf of foreign governments and encourage off-line communications. (Note to White House and Capitol Hill: maybe y’all in Washington DC could start with an honest, adult conversation about the problems associated with constant campaigning y’all have?)
Back to the lead: Turns out FEC Chair Ms. Weintraub, who worked at the firm Perkins Coie before going to the FEC, has had a complaint received October 2017 against the DNC and HRC campaign for paying Perkins Coie millions marked as “legal services” which actually went to Fusion GPS for…drum roll…opposition research. Opposition research which its author claimed had foreign sources as Byron York recently reminded.
To recap: The head of the FEC has had a complaint for 20 months involving the firm she worked for laundering oppo research containing claims by foreigners. And she issued a statement aimed at condemning the opposing campaign which did not pay for opposition research in the 2016 campaign and has differentiated between garden variety oppo research and illegal activity.
The danger to our republic (not a democracy, Mitt) has not been from a president being corrupted by foreign intelligence, but corrupt government officials ignoring corrupt politicians committing corrupt acts to convince corrupt law enforcement officers to use corrupt oppo to corrupt Foreign Intelligence courts to subvert civil liberties granted to US citizens by the US Constitution.Published in