There are some storylines on the left that seem impossible to rid ourselves of, no matter how ludicrous they have become in the face of current events.
One such beltway urban legend comes to us from the 23016 presidential election in which Hillary Clinton, on the precipice of calamity, tossed up a Hail Mary that stunned the world: Donald Trump was a Kremlin agent hellbent on handing America over to the Russians.
This silly statement was far better suited for the plot of a failing comic book franchise than for the Oval Office. The notion was so boldly absurd that the left had no choice but to back up their doomed diva, planting the idea that the only way Trump could get elected would be with help from Mother Russia.
Then, when Hillary went down in a drunken, angry, violent blaze of glory, the Russia notion began to take on its full shape. Now, instead of merely believing that Trump was an international spy backed by Vladimir Putin, the left was beginning to wonder if the Kremlin had somehow stolen the election?
The absurdity of this shift in view is plain to see: Hillary’s campaign pushed for Donald Trump to be the candidate on the GOP side because she believed that he would be the easiest to defeat. Then, moments later, they believe that Trump was unstoppable because of Russia’s clandestine help? That’s liberal logic for you, I suppose.
The conspiracy theories surrounding Trump’s Russian connection spun a wild web of nonsense, with one of the most salacious possibilities being that Trump was being blackmailed by Putin after Russian prostitutes spilled the beans about some kinky and unsanitary things that The Donald was into. This information became known as the Steele Dossier, and has been wholly debunked by experts.
Still, it haunts us, however, even in James Comey’s latest somber tome of tawdry gibberish.
In his scathing appraisal of the man who fired him as FBI chief, James Comey cited “some evidence of obstruction of justice” in President Donald Trump’s actions and speculated that Russians might have dirt on the president. Trump struck back, branding Comey a criminal.
The ex-FBI director, who until his firing in May led an investigation into possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, acknowledged that it was “stunning” to think that Russia could have damaging information about a U.S. president. But he said that in Trump’s case, he could not discount the possibility that the president had been compromised.
“These are more words I never thought I’d utter about a president of the United States, but it’s possible,” Comey told ABC News’ chief anchor George Stephanopoulos. He also acknowledged he had no proof that Russia has dirt on Trump: “I think it’s possible. I don’t know.”
He also answered “possibly” when asked if the president was attempting to obstruct justice when he cleared the Oval Office of other officials in February 2017 before encouraging him to close the investigation into Flynn, who by that point was suspected of lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts. The retired general pleaded guilty in December and is now cooperating with Mueller’s investigation.
Then, just because the “resistance” can’t resist a sucker punch, Comey went there.
Comey also said he believed Trump treated women like “pieces of meat.”
Now, the American people will once again have to examine the Steele Dossier idea, even though one intrepid reporter was able to trace the information back to admitted rumors published in the Wall Street Journal decades ago.