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This is what the Steele dossier got all wrong

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The 35-page dossier that purported to outline Russian interference in the election and the Trump campaign’s alleged role in that interference is facing renewed scrutiny following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, according to the New York Times.

Reporters Scott Shane, Adam Goldman and Matthew Rosenberg note that the Steele dossier “sketched out a hair-raising story” in which the Kremlin allegedly “was running some Trump campaign aides practically as agents.” And now, they report, Republicans in Congress have vowed to investigate the dossier—which, the Times’ article stresses, made excessive claims.

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Steele, who has stressed that he considered the dossier to be based on raw intelligence rather than established facts, declined to be interviewed for the Times’ article. But the Times interviewed some anonymous sources familiar with the events surrounding the dossier, which according to the Times, “ended up loaded with dubious or exaggerated details,” although it “remains uncertain” how that happened.

One possibility, the Times report says, is that Steele’s dossier contained “Russian disinformation”—and that “in addition to carrying out an effective attack on the Clinton campaign,” Russians “hedged their bets and placed a few land mines under Mr. Trump’s presidency as well.” Oleg D. Kalugin, a former KGB agent now living near Washington, D.C., believes that Russian disinformation against Trump is a possibility and told the Times, “Russia has huge experience in spreading false information.”

The Times also spoke to Joshua A. Levy, an attorney for the firm Fusion GPS (which commissioned Steele’s dossier). Levy told the Times that Mueller’s investigation substantiated the “core reporting” in Steele’s memos, and that included the allegation that “Trump campaign figures were secretly meeting Kremlin figures” and that Russian President Vladimir Putin directed “a covert operation to elect Donald J. Trump.”

The Times reports that during the 2016 election, Fusion GPS was employed not only by Democrats, but also, by Republicans. At first, according to the Times, Fusion GPS was paid by the conservative Washington Beacon “to scrutinize Mr. Trump, with the evident goal of uncovering dirt to help his Republican primary opponents.” But after Trump appeared to be the likely GOP presidential nominee, Fusion’s efforts were funded by the Clinton campaign.


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Disturbing video exposes the dangerous message a State Patrol officer told team: ‘Don’t kill them, but hit them hard’

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Krystal Marx, the executive director of Seattle Pride, shared a disturbing video this week revealing the violent message an officer in the Washington State Patrol gave to his team as it prepared to confront protesters.

“Don’t kill them, but hit them hard,” he said as he walked through a group of his colleagues.

“I remember shaking,” Marx told the Seattle Times of the experience filming the patrol from her office window. “Why not say, ‘Restrain them, calmly’?”

Chris Loftis, a spokesperson for the patrol, gave the Times a statement trying to explain away the comment as poor “word choice,” but it was not reassuring:

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Trump stokes division in Republican Party as he rages at Sen. Lisa Murkowski

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As the Republican Party is struggling to defend him in a moment of nationwide strife, President Donald Trump decided Thursday night to fuel divisions within GOP rather than make nice.

He had already lashed out on Wednesday at his former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who sharply criticized Trump’s response to the ongoing George Floyd protests. But on Thursday night, Trump took at aim at sitting Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

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‘Outrageous and criminal behavior’: Internet blows up at graphic video of Buffalo Police pushing over an elderly man

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On Thursday, footage emerged of police in Buffalo, New York pushing an elderly man to the ground, and refusing to help him as he lay bleeding profusely from a head injury.

The footage triggered immediate outrage on social media.

Horrible. I pray he’s ok. https://t.co/wL2gcNeAIT

— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 5, 2020

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