One of the questions asked over the last two days of House managers was how the Steele Dossier was not considered to be help from a foreign agent.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) explained it very simply… it is not a violation because they paid for the information.
This moment in the Senate would have been comical were it not so criminal.
The question, as read by Chief Justice Roberts, was, “Under the House managers’ standard, would the Steele dossier be considered as foreign interference in a U.S. election, a violation of the law, and/or an impeachable offense?”
Rep. Jeffries, trying to hold a straight face, responded, “The analogy is not applicable to the present situation because, first, to the extent that opposition research was obtained, it was opposition research that was purchased.”
He even managed to slam the accusations being made regarding the dossier as “conspiracy theory.”
After he gave his answer, White House Attorney Jay Sekulow stated, “So — I guess you could buy? — this is what it sounds like — you can buy a foreign interference, if you purchase their opposition research, I guess it’s OK.”
The Steele Dossier
The dossier itself is at the center of this entire impeachment because it was used to secure the FISA warrants against Carter Page.
It was used even though the dossier had been debunked and deemed unreliable from an unreliable source by the FBI.
To make matters worse, even though the document was the heart of the evidence used, James Comey repeatedly lied about using the dossier at the time and throughout this process until the IG report came out.
When the IG released his report, he stated that without a doubt, the FISA warrants would not have been approved without the alleged evidence it contained.
So, in essence, the FBI used a bogus document to secure FISA warrants against a Trump aide that FBI lawyers purposely misled the court to believe was a possible Russian agent.
Jeffries got it right… this was a conspiracy, but it was a conspiracy against Trump!