by WorldTribune Staff, April 22, 2018
The Democratic National Committee’s (DNC’s) civil RICO lawsuit against the Trump campaign for alleged Russia collusion is 66 pages long.
None of the pages references the dossier by ex-British spy Christopher Steele, according to a report by Rowan Scarborough for The Washington Times.
The dossier played a key role in kick-starting the investigation into alleged Trump-Russia collusion. The FBI cited the dossier in acquiring a court-approved surveillance warrant on Trump volunteer Carter Page. The FBI also relied on the charges made in the unverified dossier as a guide in questioning witnesses.
“But in its headline-grabbing lawsuit filed on Friday in U.S. District Court in New York, the DNC ignores Mr. Steele’s work,” Scarborough noted in the April 21 report. “The suit’s lengthy list of footnotes, many of them mainstream media stories, does not include the dossier,” which many Democrats have embraced as true and which was funded by the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign.
The DNC’s lawsuit revolves around events such as Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016 in which the lawyer reportedly promised dirt on Hillary Clinton. Trump Jr. said the lawyer had no information and was there to lobby against Russian sanctions.
The lawsuit also cites as proof of collusion GOP candidate Donald Trump’s promotion of WikiLeaks downloads of DNC emails which the intelligence community says were stolen by Russian hackers. The lawsuit also points to Trump’s praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin during the campaign and notes one-time Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort made huge sums as a consultant to a pro-Putin Ukraine politician.
The lawsuit names Trump campaign staffers, WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, the Russian Federation, and specific Russian officials and operatives.
The DNC’s exclusion of the dossier is seen as not surprising since Republicans say it actually is evidence of collusion – between Democrats and Russia.
“The Clinton campaign also spread dossier information,” Scarborough noted. “Once the dossier was posted by BuzzFeed on Jan. 10, 2017, its accusations of an ‘extensive conspiracy’ between the Trump campaign and Russia become liberal talking points.”
The Republican majority on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence concluded last month there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.