Accuracy in Media

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into allegations of collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Russia has so far produced two indictments and two more guilty pleas.

But the investigation that has cost American taxpayers millions of dollars already with millions more to come might not even have begun if not for the so-called Russian dossier – parts of which remain unsubstantiated or have since proven completely false.

The dossier, authored by former British spy Christopher Steele, was sent to multiple Washington, D.C., and New York City journalists by the D.C.-based opposition research firm known as Fusion GPS. Glenn Simpson, the firm’s founder, promoted the document’s claims to influential journalists covering the Trump campaign.

Perhaps the most notable charge contained in the dossier was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 U.S. election, which was reported at the time by BuzzFeed and other mainstream media outlets, but still has not been proven.

No Trump campaign official or Trump administration official to date has been indicted or has pleaded guilty to Russian collusion. Former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his foreign contacts on matters unrelated to collusion.

Nevertheless, according to the Washington Times, Fusion GPS and Glenn Simpson pushed the narrative to harm Trump’s chances at winning the White House. That should come as no surprise, given the dossier reportedly was funded by Democratic operatives, including by former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Russia collusion charges were not the only false allegations contained in the dossier but reported by multiple media outlets. In the dossier, Steele and Fusion GPS also suggested Trump had close ties with billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to child molestation.

Trump and Epstein know each other socially, but evidence shows a much tighter connection between Epstein and former President Bill Clinton, the Washington Times reported.

The newspaper reported that in the early 2000s, Clinton and Epstein took more than 20 trips together onboard Epstein’s private jet. The pair traveled around the world, including to Epstein’s private Caribbean island known as “Little St. James.”

Despite the lack of evidence from the dossier that nevertheless prompted an investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia collusion, there is no known FBI probe into possible ties between Bill Clinton, whose career has been marked by a series of “bimbo eruptions” and Epstein, a convicted child molester.

It’s unlikely any mainstream news organization will dig into these questions as deeply as the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia. The media are determined to bring down the Trump presidency either from a Russia collusion bombshell or sexual misconduct development on the part of the current Republican president.

All the while, possible sexual improprieties on the part of Clinton stare them right in the face.

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