Donald Trump and his allies have spent the past week or more spreading nonstop false claims about the “Trump-Russia dossier” compiled by former MI6 agent Christopher Steele. It’s been clear that they’ve been trying to create a distraction, as the arrests have begun in the Trump-Russia scandal. Now we know why Trump and his gang have been focusing on attacking the dossier specifically.
Here’s a line straight out of Steele’s dossier: “July 2016: Trump advisor Carter Page holds secret meetings in Moscow with Sechin and senior Kremlin Internal Affairs official, Divyekin.” Now the New York Times reports that on Thursday, Carter Page testified to the House Intelligence Committee that when he traveled to Russia in July 2016, he did indeed secretly meet with Russian government officials (link). The official cover story for Page’s trip was to give a policy speech, and up to now he’s never admitted that he secretly met with the Russian government while he was there. Why is this so important?
For reasons known only to them, nearly every major media outlet has treated the Trump-Russia dossier like toxic radiation from the start. CNN initially refused to publish it at all. After BuzzFeed did publish it, other news outlets felt compelled to periodically report on it, but insisted on disclaiming it as being “unverified.” This was true, but these same news outlets were simultaneously reporting far flimsier claims without any such disclaimer. As time has gone on, one claim in the dossier after another has been independently verified. Not a single claim in the dossier has been disproven. Now we have Carter Page confirming that the claim about him in the dossier is indeed true.
This helps explain why Donald Trump and his allies have recently begun frantically trying to discredit the Trump-Russia dossier by falsely claiming that it’s a work of fiction created by Hillary Clinton. They’ve known that more pieces of the dossier were about to be confirmed to be true, and they were trying to get out ahead of it.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report