Techno Fog has a tweet that plays right into some of my obsessions. In this post I mention that evidence that this whole Russia Hoax was planned months before the first steps were taken. I've also repeatedly stated that I suspect FBI involvment somewhere in connection with the Trump Tower meeting, that was nominally run by Fusion GPS. Now read Techno Fog:
Isn't it curious that Fusion GPS and former FBI informant Steele would look into Trump/Russia after the FBI/IC started that same inquiry?
What are the odds?
Are the basic assumptions all wrong- was Fusion not retained for campaign research, but to bolster the FBI investigation?
4:40 PM - 20 Apr 2019
In private correspondence a friend suggested to me that the FBI may have used Fusion GPS to undertake this approach because there was something about it that they didn't want to be involved in. I think this avenue of speculation has great merit.
If we apply my usual approach--look to administrative guidelines to supply a context within which to understand official actions--we can make sense of this. As I've maintained for the past two years, it is a virtual certainty that before Crossfire Hurricane was opened the FBI had some sort of Preliminary Investigation opened on Page, Papadopoulos, and possibly others (Manafort may already have been the subject of a Full Investigation, but ...). However, there's no reason to believe that there was any open case on Don Jr. or Jared Kushner. That means that the FBI could not officially make this kind of undercover approach to those two, and especially not because there was the possibility that The Donald himself could be drawn in. That type of investigation could only be undertaken with an open case. That leaves open the possibility that Techno Fog suggests, that the FBI and Fusion GPS ... "colluded" on this project. That would still be borderline legal/illegal, but deniable.
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