Fake news in the 2016 presidential election
Fake news in the 2016 presidential election was an information laundering scheme financed by the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and Obama for America to smear Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump with false allegations of "Russian collusion" and cover-up Hillary Clinton's felonious conduct by mishandling classified information while Secretary of State. The objective was to meddle in the 2016 presidential election and thwart American democracy. The program was carried out with the full knowledge of President Barack Obama and CIA director John Brennan.
SSCI staffer Dan Jones, former Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson, and Simpson’s crew at Fusion-GPS, pitched and planted phony Trump-Russia evidence with the media and simultaneously gave those fake points to Chris Steele to supplement the Steele dossier. Using the same method of Ezra Klein’s 2009 “JournOList” replication, Dan Jones and Fusion-GPS paid the journalists to run the stories.
Steele then used the same information from Jones and Fusion in the Steele dossier and cited the planted media reports; as evidence to substantiate. The Dossier was then provided to the FBI. The journalists then provide *indulgences* to the FBI as part of the collaboration.
The FBI, specifically Lisa Page, Peter Strzok and FBI public information office Mike Kortan, then leaked the outcomes of the FBI/Steele dossier investigative processes to the same media that reported on the originating material. It was all a big circle of planting and laundering the same originating false material, what Nancy Pelosi called a “wrap up smear.”
Michael Isikoff highlighted the level of how enmeshed media was with the Fusion-GPS team in February 2018 when he admitted his reporting was being used by the DOJ and FBI to advance the political objectives of the Obama intelligence community.
Additionally, FBI investigator Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page were shown in their text messages to be leaking stories from the Clinton email investigation, the Trump-Russa investigation and the Mueller investigation to journalists at Politico, The Wall Street Journal and [[Washington Post].
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was busted by Inspector General Michael Horowitz leaking stories to the media and then lying about it to INSD (FBI internal investigators) and IG investigators. FBI Director James Comey admitted to leaking stories to the New York Times, and even hired his friend Andrew Richman (off-the-books), gave him access to FBI and NSA FISA databases, and then leaked information to Richman along with another friend Benjamin Wittes at Lawfare blog.
The IG report on how the FBI handled the Clinton investigation revealed that dozens of FBI officials were actually taking bribes from the media for information:
"We identified numerous FBI employees, at all levels of the organization and with no official reason to be in contact with the media, who were nevertheless in frequent contact with reporters. Attached to this report as Attachments E and F are two link charts that reflect the volume of communications that we identified between FBI employees and media representatives in April/May and October 2016. We have profound concerns about the volume and extent of unauthorized media contacts by FBI personnel that we have uncovered during our review. […] We do not believe the problem is with the FBI’s policy, which we found to be clear and unambiguous. Rather, we concluded that these leaks highlight the need to change what appears to be a cultural attitude among many in the organization.
Later it was revealed that Andrew Weissmann, Robert Mueller’s #1 special counsel prosecutor, was coordinating investigative efforts with the full support of four AP reporters who were giving Weissman tips. That’s information from journalists to use in his court filings and submitted search warrants. The AP journalists were feeding information to their ideological allies within the special counsel.
Lisa Page and Peter Strzok also leaked to Devlin Barrett of the Wall Street Journal in late October 2016.
Christopher Steele stated in U.K. court records the person in charge of the [Clinton Campaign’s opposition research firm, Glenn Simpson from Fusion GPS, arranged and coordinated for Steele to talk to several journalists (CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Yahoo News and Mother Jones) while Mr. Steele was also the primary source of information for the FBI investigators (including Strzok and Page).
The FBI was using media reports, which were based on Fusion-GPS pitches, to bolster its investigative documents to the FISA court. It was an intelligence laundry operation.
According to the U.K records, Christopher Steele reports a September 2016 meeting with Isikoff was arranged by Glenn Simpson. According to Michael Isikoff on his February 2018 podcast, he met Christopher Steele at a Washington, D.C. hotel in September 2016. They were joined by his “old friend” Glenn Simpson, the founder of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, who Isikoff now defines as a “private investigator.”
So Christopher Steele was meeting with journalists, the journalists were writing articles; the FBI was leaking to media and simultaneously citing those same articles as underlying evidence to support their counterintelligence investigations to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court; and all of this was used to validate the investigative documents the FBI was receiving from Christopher Steele; who, along with the leaking FBI officials, was also the source of the media articles.
This is a circle of information, all coming from Dan Jones and Glenn Simpson at Fusion GPS, who was the opposition research firm being financed by Hillary Clinton, along with FBI officials who were using their own strategic leaks to validate their own investigation.