Why, except for anti-Trump pandering, has ABC News given British ex-spy Christopher Steele hours of airtime for a special in which he simply says he still believes his thoroughly debunked allegations of 2016 Trump campaign collusion with the Kremlin?
“I stand by the work we did, the sources that we had and the professionalism which we applied to it,” British ex-spy Christopher Steele insists to a sympathetic George Stephanopoulos. But so what?
Notably, Steele still claims the Michael Cohen trip to Prague, a key “collusion” moment, happened. Yet Cohen has always denied it, before and after turning against Trump, and has evidence he was elsewhere on the key dates. More, the Mueller investigation confirmed it didn’t happen; there’s never been a shred of evidence it did.
Fine: Steele says he’s “yet to be convinced” he’s wrong. That’s just fresh proof he doesn’t care about the facts.
In fact, the whole Steele dossier stands exposed as beyond junk. The Mueller team’s review of his primary sources shows they were passing along (at best) gossip. That includes the infamous “pee tape” claim; Steele’s source says his own source may well have been joking. Steele, on the basis of . . . nothing, says it “probably” exists.
Steele was hired by the Beltway smear merchants of Fusion GPS, who were paid by Hillary Clinton’s campaign through the DC law firm Perkins Coie, in pursuit of the campaign’s since-revealed drive to gin up Trump scandals to distract from Hillary’s e-mail disaster.
None of it ever added up to anything real, and the Mueller report showed it. Giving him airtime to repeat his debunked conspiracy theories without exposing them is rank political activism, not journalism.
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