"The primary evidence amassed to accuse a foreign power of hacking into the computer network of one of our two major political parties was gathered not by the FBI but by a private firm with a checkered reputation, hired by DNC counsel Perkins Coie after a security breach in the DNC system was detected in the spring of 2016.
"Indeed, the DNC didn’t permit the FBI to investigate, which, of course, doesn’t sound fishy at all. Further, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI blithely accepted the (redacted) findings that “Russia hacked the DNC” from Crowdstrike and then told the U.S. people to do the same.
"Dodgy Doc No. 2 is the notorious Steele dossier, that elegantly named pile of opposition research created by a ruthless outfit known as Fusion GPS on behalf of, we finally learned in the fall of 2017, the DNC and the Clinton campaign. The problem with this “evidence” that Trump was simultaneously a pervert and a traitor to Russia is that it is either unverifiable trash, or Kremlin disinformation, or both.
"Dodgy Doc No. 3, perhaps the first of many spinoffs of the Steele dossier, is the FISA application and subsequent renewals presented by the Department of Justice and FBI to gain permission from the FISA court to spy on Carter Page and the wider Trump team.
"The Department of Justice and FBI obscured the application and renewals’ roots in the unverified Steele dossier from the FISA court, and, later, tried to hide them altogether from the U.S. people.
"Dodgy Doc No. 4 is the Obama administration Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA), another compilation of Trump–Russia smears rooted in Dodgy Doc No. 2 (the Steele dossier), and probably Dodgy Doc No. 1 (the Crowdstrike report).
"As in the case of the FISA application, the ICA’s Steele do..