Orange, the new color of hope.

October 29, 2017

Well, well, well…..after now almost a full year of spoon feeding the American public a daily dose of there’s a Russian behind every tree and each and every one of those trees hide collusion with Donald Trump, the Washington Post, finally had to admit Tuesday that every coin has two sides.

The headline was simple enough: “Clinton Campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier”. Yes, THAT Russia dossier.

The dossier that has Mr. Trump paying Russian prostitutes while in Moscow and numerous other unsubstantiated tidbits of left wing imagination. Written by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, it was also the same dossier that, in a rare display of journalistic integrity, major newspapers and media outlets had in 2016 refused to publish due to their inability to verify Mr. Steele’s fabulous slice of salaciousness.

At the center of it all is a company known as Fusion GPS. Founded by former Wall Street Journal reporters it’s website states it offers “premium research, strategic intelligence, and due diligence services” but to the D.C. political circle it’s more like “if you need dirt, Fusion GPS has the best shovels in the business”.

It is Fusion GPS that contracted the “Trump Dossier” and it is Fusion GPS that for months had successfully stonewalled any connection between it and the Clinton Campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Then along came a subpoena from the House Intelligence Committee demanding the firm turn over bank records (to identify just who did fund the “research”) and the first crack in the dam.

Said crack being a letter filed with the court confirming for the first time publicly that the Clinton Campaign and the Democratic National Committee did indeed pick up the tab to continue the opposition research work first contracted by an as yet unnamed Republican client during the primaries.

And that continuation led to Steele and the Dossier, the eventual publishing of it by click bait site Buzzfeed, and it magically making its way into an intelligence briefing for then President-elect Trump.

Confused? You should be. Because that’s exactly what they want. They use law firms to pay for opposition research so when their dossiers come back to bight them in their derrieres their attorney client privilege keeps those derrieres powdered and pampered.

What for you and I would take months, instead morph into years of legal wrangling so that by the time anything ever does come out to the public it’s brushed off as “old news”.

But what gives me hope that this might be different are the statements coming out since the news broke. From former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to current chair Tom Perez, to Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon, no one, and I mean no one involved in the 2016 “I’m with her” campaign will admit to knowing anything about million of dollars paid and a document that would become the center piece of the entire Russian collusion claptrap. Yes, the rats, they are a running.

For a visual of all the denials think the scene in Casablanca where Rick asks Captain Renault on what grounds he is closing down his casino and the Captain replies: “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on here!” (while receiving his pile of cash from the croupier).

Toss in the fact that as of Friday morning, the very same person who couldn’t wait 9 hours to politicize the Las Vegas massacre has yet to utter even a syllable about what she knew about the dossier and well, the silence speaks for itself. Because if there’s one thing we know about Hillary Clinton it’s that the truer the revelation, the longer the time to respond.

So yes, I have allowed myself a new glimmer of hope. No, I don’t expect the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC or the broadcast networks to suddenly discover objective reporting of the facts, but I do anticipate, at least for a little while the truth being given a fighting chance.

And I must confess, these past few days the color orange has regained my attention. As in orange jumpsuit, as in I wonder whether Hillary will be forced to accept standard issue, or if in one last nod to her once grand status, the feds allow her to wear a designer pantsuit of her choosing.

Yeah, I know it’s a long shot, but stranger things have happened. See Clinton, Hillary…November 8, 2016.

PUBLISHER’s NOTE: A version of this column first appeared in the Sunday print edition of the Joplin Globe.

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