Christopher Steele Had It Right – And Trump Jr Just Verified The Dossier

Emin Agalarov, Donald Trump and Aras Agalarov from Emin’s Instagram account. Posted upon Trump’s presidential win.

The New York Times articles implicating Donald Trump, Jr, Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner in what looks like collusion with Russia corroborate the very first entry in the Christopher Steele dossier and give a possible identity to one of his unnamed sources.

In its first bombshell report, the Times verified three crucial points from the memos prepared by Steele, a former official with Britain’s M-16 spy agency:

  1. Putin was engaged in an effort to help Trump and harm Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
  2. The Kremlin had compiled information it believed might damage Clinton.
  3. Sources close to the Trump campaign were coordinating with the Kremlin in the effort to undermine the election.

Specifically, the first Steele memo dated 20 June 2016 lay the groundwork for Kremlin interference and potential Trump team collusion. The entry noted that Putin’s people had delivered “valuable intelligence” to Trump on his “opponents” for “several years.” The wording points to an effort to undermine not just Hillary Clinton but Trump’s Republican rivals during the primary season.

The initial Steele memo from June relies on various unidentified sources. One such person, named “Source D” was a “close associate of Trump” who was directly involved in arranging Trump’s Moscow visits. This same individual was present during Trump’s “perverted conduct in Moscow” at the Ritz Carlton – the so-called golden showers defilement of the bed supposedly used by President and First Lady Obama during a previous visit. This episode is allegedly the highlight of the Kremlin’s blackmail material against Trump. According to Steele, the activity was taped.

Here is the relevant excerpt from the Steele dossier:

While the identity of Source D is not certain, information from the Times article strongly suggests it is Emin Agalarov, the person who requested the meeting with Trump’s inner circle. According to the Times:

“… the beauty competition in Moscow brought the Trump family into partnership with Emin Agalarov, a pop star in Russia, and his father, Aras — a duo that develops major real estate projects in Russia and appears friendly with the Kremlin.

Since then, Emin Agalarov has repeatedly boasted of maintaining a warm relationship with Mr. Trump.

Further on in the Times story, Emin is placed at the Moscow Ritz Carlton with Trump:

Phil Ruffin, Mr. Trump’s partner at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Las Vegas, who flew to Moscow for the competition, said he and Mr. Trump had lunch with the Agalarovs at the Ritz-Carlton.

This would lend added credence to Steele’s assertion that Emin is Source D and, importantly, that he was present at the infamous golden showers sex play at the hotel – purportedly the kompromat used to compromise Donald Trump.

It looks like Christopher Steele had it right. The Times report validates the Steele dossier and comports with the dates and details of its very first entry. Trump’s eldest son confirmed the explosive meet-up and revealed its purpose in a series of emails released yesterday.

Seen in chronological perspective, the meeting with the Russian lawyer is the start of a coordinated effort between Trump associates and Putin operatives that continued through the presidential election cycle.

It is time to revisit that collection of memos. Christopher Steele’s record gives us insight into how the Kremlin coordinated the attack on the election process and which members of Trump’s campaign team were involved.

And, it alerts us to the the next bombshell report.

Tick, tick, tick…

Be Skeptical Advises Deputy AG Rosenstein

In a terse warning issued late Thursday evening, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein sought to brace American readers from unsourced articles (leaks) originating anywhere from anyone.

“Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories from anonymous “officials,” particularly when they do not identify the country – let alone the branch or agency of government…”

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Who’s On The Up and Up and Who’s Going Down #KremlinGate

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The ever-expanding #KremlinGate investigation has unearthed a wide cast of figures who may soon face federal and state indictments. Their alleged crimes range from RICO violations and money laundering to conspiracy and treason. According to reports, these U.S. persons could encompass the President, his adult children, the Vice President, various surrogates, advisors and castaways of the Trump campaign, the Trump Administration, and GOP Congressional leaders.

As this murky cloud of impeachment hovers over the Trump administration, nerve-wracked Americans seek out another group of people. These are the disseminators – commentators/researchers/documentarians – who parse out the alleged offenders and their offenses, crafting an entangled network that leads to the Kremlin and back. Continue reading “Who’s On The Up and Up and Who’s Going Down #KremlinGate”

Are There Two Steele Dossiers?

Former M16 Intelligence Officer Christopher Steele

In his fascinating Vanity Fair narrative, author Howard Blum asked whether there are two Steele dossiers – one is the 35-page document posted by BuzzFeed News and the other “a longer, more expertly crafted and sourced document, the final work product of a well-trained M.I.6 senior deskman”.

Two dossiers is entirely possible. And, there can be little doubt that the dossier sitting on BuzzFeed is an incomplete product.

A study of the published dossier reveals many gaps in the number sequence, indicating that sections were pulled from public view rather than missing parts of a finished product as Blum assumes. There are also chronological gaps and one undated section.

In tallying up these omitted memos, it looks like the public dossier is a bare bones copy of Steele’s full product. Upwards to 156 sections (memos) are apparently excluded, covering over three months’ of collected material from Steele. This contrasts with the 17 sections (memos) found at BuzzFeed.

The most significant omissions are at the start of the work product where Steele may have pulled 79 sections covering the Summer of 2016 and from October to December 2016, where 30 memos are missing.

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The Steele Dossier: Who Knew And When

One of the more puzzling questions in this political universe of odd affairs has to do with what’s called the Steele Dossier and when US officials knew about its existence.

Christopher Steele, contracted first by Republican and then Democratic party entities in 2016 to investigate possible Russian ties to the Trump campaign.

This packet of information from Christopher Steele, a former spy with Britain’s M16 agency, contains 35 pages of data gleaned from his Russian sources over a six month period extending from June through December 2016.

The dossier is the key to #RussiaGate and all that term encompasses. Its many allegations – some confirmed and others under investigation – trace a connection between Donald Trump and key players in his campaign and Russian actors. It records alleged attempts by the Russian state to deliberately harm the presidential bid of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. According to Steele’s sources, the black op was coordinated, paid and enacted by the Kremlin and Trump campaign staff. Continue reading “The Steele Dossier: Who Knew And When”