As the impeachment inquiry continues to fall apart at the seams, we are almost starting to feel a tad bit sorry for Democratic House Intelligence Committee Chairman Representative Adam Schiff. Almost. However, after all the stuff he’s pulled in his hell-bent agenda to destroy President Trump, we are far more likely to laugh and say he has everything and more coming to him.
His most recent failure was to call Dr. Fiona Hill before the panel. Hill served as the White House’s top advisor on Russia until July, and although she has been a strong advocate for Trump, it was believed that her firsthand knowledge both of Russia, Trump, former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, and his dossier would make a great addition to the Democrats cause.
However, her testimony on October 14th has proved to only discredit the document, its author, and the entire sham even more.
After the initial investigation, the document was found to be full of numerous falsities, which made it fairly unbelievable.
Hill believes these false accusations were fed to Steele while at a vulnerable and desperate situation. And other sources confirm this may indeed have been the case.
It is widely known that Steele was in between jobs at that time and actively searching for work and trying to build up his clientele. It’s likely that he would have gone through his list of contacts to try and find those clients. In such a position, it would have been easy for Russian intelligence officers or sources to reach out to him with potential work and misinformation.
As a result, Hill stated that she believes that “(Steele) could have been played” in an attempt to “drum up business.”
She also mentioned that Steele’s previous job might have given the Russians motive to target and discredit him. She said, “Because if you also think about it, the Russians would have an ax to grind against (Steele) given the job that he had previously.” And she continued, “And if he started going back through his old contacts and asking about, that would be a perfect opportunity for people to feed some kind of misinformation.”
She noted that she had worked with Steele during her time as a national intelligence officer from 2006 to 2009 and was initially “shocked” when she found out that he was the author of the ill-fated document. However, the two had met in 2016, and she knew that he “was clearly very interested in building up a client base.”
According to her, “this is why I was concerned about the Steele report because that is a vulnerability.” And she continued, “Christopher Steele going out and looking for information. He’s obviously out there soliciting information. What a great opportunity to, basically, you know, present him with information that he’s looking for that can be couched some truth and some disinformation.”
This firsthand knowledge of Steele only serves to discredit the document further.
As it is, Steele and his dossier project were already known to be funded by the Democratic National Committee and 2016 Democratic nominee and Trump opponent Hillary Clinton.
And then there are accusations made in the dossier that are entirely unsubstantiated and believed to be false.
One of these is the claim that Trump was being blackmailed by Russian officials with a video that showed him in inappropriate relations with a group of prostitutes in Moscow in 2013. However, no footage has ever been presented, nor is there proof that it even exists. In addition, it has been noted by several sources that Trump was rarely left alone on his one-day business trip to the city.
Hill also believes that such information was fed to Steele “because the Russians sought to discredit (Trump)” and influence American politics in their favor. She said, “There’s been a cloud over President Trump since the beginning of his presidency, and I think that’s exactly what the Russians intended.”
As more and more information about Steele and his infamous document is released, it becomes less and less credible.
From the timing of its release in 2017 and its ties to the DNC and Clinton to its questionable content and now its author, everything about it makes it unlikely to be used for anything other than being listed as yet another failed attempt to oust our president from his rightful place in the White House.
Schiff will have to find some other made-up nonsense if he is to succeed.