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Key Players
Andrew McCabe
Barak Obama
Bill Barr
Bill Priestap
Brue Ohr
Christopher Steele
David Corn
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Franklin Foer
Glenn Simpson
George Soros
Hillary Clinton
Jake Sullivan
James Baker
James Clapper
James Comey
John Brennan
John Podesta
Joe Biden
John Kerry
John McCain
Jonathan Winer
Jonathan Winer
Lisa Page
Loretta Lynch
Marc Elias
Nellie Ohr
Peter Strzok
Rachel Maddow
Robert Muller
Rod Rosenstein
Sally Yates
Strobe Talbott
Susan Rice
Victoria Nuland

Institutions
Alfa Bank
Buzzfeed
Clinton Campaign
Clinton Foundation
CNN
The DNC
The DOJ
The FBI
Fusion GPS
MSNBC
The New Yorker
Orbis Business Intelligence
Perkins-Coie
The Washington Post

 

Russiagate: Hillary, the DNC and Perkins Coie

- Overview of Trump-Russia Collusion Hoax Events
- The Cast of the Trump-Russia Collusion Hoax
- Deep State Players in the Russia Collusion Hoax
- Spygate: The Inside Story Behind the Alleged Plot to Take Down Trump
- Spygate: The True Story of Collusion
- A Listing of Participants
- A Surveillance Timeline
- Spygate Surveilance and the Russians
- FISA Abuse & Rogers’ Review
- Media Collusion – Article Sequence
- Illegal Surveillance of Trump/Russia
- Hillary & Bill Clinton and Russiagate
- Obama and Russiagate

Russiagate Cast Members

The following is an archive of “bios” of more than 200 of the most prominent people who kept the Trump-Russia collusion hoax alive. For an introduction to the archive, see “Introducing the Trump-Russia Collusion Hoax Archive.” For other CRC content on Russiagate, see this growing list.

The bios will be posted in batches in the coming days and weeks. Hyperlinks in the table of contents will become active as each batch is added. Please send any corrections or updates to contact@capitalresearch.org.

Obama/Comey-Era Officials

Zainab Ahmad. Special Counsel Prosecutor. Investigated multiple Trump associates. Prosecuted former National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn for false statements to FBI. Department of Justice dropped all charges against Flynn in May 2020 when exculpatory information in an FBI note of January 2017 was made public through court filings.

Trisha Anderson. FBI Deputy General Counsel. In October 2016, she signed an FISA warrant application improperly targeting Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. Testified before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees in August 2018 that two higher officials—FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates—had already signed before she did. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and the origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Greg Andres. Special Counsel Prosecutor. Prosecuted Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates. Manafort was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison; Gates to 45 days—both for financial crimes unrelated to Trump-Russia collusion, the stated rationale for investigation.

Brian Auten. U.S. government intelligence analyst. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

David Axelrod. Former Chief Strategist, Barack Obama presidential campaigns. Senior Advisor to the President. Described June 2016 meeting of Donald Trump Jr., Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and advisor Jared Kushner with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya in Trump Tower as “very close to espionage,” yet did not mention DNC-funded Fusion GPS’s role in providing materials to Veselnitskaya for the occasion.

James Baker (FBI). Former FBI General Counsel. Reassigned from post in December 2017 and resigned from the FBI May 2018. House Judiciary and Oversight Committee testimony from October 2018 shows Baker was under criminal investigation for alleged leaks to journalists David Corn of Mother Jones and Mike Isikoff of Yahoo. After leaving the FBI, Baker held positions at the R Street Institute and Brookings Institution and as a CNN legal analyst. In June 2020 Twitter announced Baker had joined its legal team.

James Baker (DOD). Director, Office of Net Assessment (ONA), U.S. Department of Defense. In January 2020, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent letter to Baker and announced expanded probe into ONA contract compliance after reviewing “troubling documents” related to FBI informant, Stephan Halper. Per court documents, Michael Flynn’s legal team believes Baker was behind leak to Washington Post columnist David Ignatius about his phone calls with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak.

Joe Biden. Former U.S. Vice President. Senior official within the administration that improperly surveilled and investigated opposition presidential campaign and transition team. Per January 2017 memo from outgoing National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Biden was present at January 5, 2017, White House meeting where President Obama and FBI Director James Comey allegedly discussed withholding information from incoming administration regarding Russia. Unmasked identity of Gen. Michael Flynn.

Dana Boente. Former Acting Attorney General. In March 2017, waived standard operating procedure to authorize FBI Director James Comey to publicly announce active investigation into the Trump campaign during nationally televised House Intelligence Committee testimony. Reassigned from Department of Justice to become FBI General Counsel, then later fired as details of Flynn investigation became public.

Jennifer Boone. FBI Deputy Assistant Director, Counterintelligence Division. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

John BrennanCIA Director. Reportedly under investigation (as of December 2019) by U.S. Attorney John Durham over CIA assessments and public statements on the now-discredited Steele dossier, which alleged vast conspiracy between Trump campaign and Russia. Signed with MSNBC/NBC as an analyst in February 2018. In a NY Times opinion piece, Brennan called Trump’s denial of Russia collusion “hogwash.” Unmasked identity of Gen. Michael Flynn.

Josh Campbell. Special Assistant to former FBI Director James Comey. CNN law enforcement analyst. Author of Crossfire Hurricane: Inside Donald Trump’s War on the FBI. Used FBI experience to provide legitimacy for CNN reports that insinuated guilt of Trump and associates while omitting exculpatory information.

John Carlin. Assistant Attorney General. Former Chief of Staff to then-FBI Director Robert Mueller. Key figure in FISA abuse scandal, which improperly targeted Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. Department of Justice Inspector General Report outlined “17 significant errors or omissions” in FISA warrant applications.

James ClapperDirector of National Intelligence (DNI). House Intelligence Committee transcripts from 2017 released in May 2020 show Clapper was unaware of any direct evidence showing Trump-Russia collusion. Despite this, Clapper legitimized the Comey investigation of collusion in an interview with MSNBC in May 2017, saying that a “cloud” was hanging over the Trump administration because of the collusion allegation. In December 2017, Clapper asserted that Russian President Vladimir Putin was managing President Trump as if Trump were an intelligence asset Putin had recruited. Clapper also unmasked the identity of Gen. Michael Flynn.

Kevin Clinesmith. UPDATED 8.19.20. FBI Attorney. Altered CIA email to delete exculpatory information in FISA warrant application targeting Trump advisor Carter Page. Department of Justice Inspector General referred for criminal proceedings. In November 2016 after Trump’s election, wrote series of notable text messages, including “Viva la Resistance.” Later served as a Special Counsel Attorney. On August 19, 2020, pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement in relation to altering an email from an other agency [i.e., the CIA].

James Comey. FBI Director. Led FBI through an unprecedented investigation of a presidential campaign, transition, and administration that used improper surveillance and leaks to media. In April 2018, hinting at the most salacious of the claims from now-discredited Steele dossier, he alleged Russians may have blackmail material on President Trump. Decided to publicly announce an active investigation into the Trump campaign during House Intelligence Committee testimony in March 2017 on live national television. Department of Justice Inspector General referred Comey for criminal prosecution in September 2019. Unmasked identity of Gen. Michael Flynn.

Patrick Conlon. Director, Obama White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (OIA). Unmasked identity of Gen. Michael Flynn. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Mike Dempsey. Acting Director of National Intelligence. Unmasked identity of Gen. Michael Flynn. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Michael Dreeben. Special Counsel Prosecutor. Investigated multiple Trump associates. Former Deputy Solicitor General. Argued over 100 cases before the Supreme Court.

Stuart Evans. Department of Justice, National Security Division. FBI texts show he had “continued concerns” about “potential bias” of a source in FISA application. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Kyle Freeny. Special Counsel Prosecutor. Prosecuted Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates. Manafort was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison; Gates to 45 days. Both for financial crimes unrelated to Trump-Russia collusion, the stated rationale for investigation. Donated to presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Tashina Gauhar. Department of Justice, National Security Division. Involved in FISA abuse scandal targeting Trump advisor Carter Page. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Carl Ghattas. FBI, National Security Branch. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations. Believed to have information on FBI payments to British ex-MI-6 agent Christopher Steele and origins of Steele dossier.

Andrew Goldstein. Special Counsel Prosecutor. Investigated multiple Trump associates. Prosecuted Trump advisor George Papadopoulos for false statements to FBI. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York, serving under Preet Bhahara. Donated $3,300 to Barack Obama campaigns in 2008 and 2012.

Stefan Halper. Professor, Cambridge University. Former White House staff during Nixon, Ford, and Reagan administrations. FBI informant who sought out Trump advisors Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, and Sam Clovis, misrepresenting himself as interested in working for Trump. In January 2020, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced expanded probe into Pentagon ONA contract compliance after reviewing “troubling documents” related to Halper’s more than $1 million in payments.

Curtis HeideSpecial Counsel Investigator and FBI agent. Investigated multiple Trump associates. Lead agent in prosecution of Trump advisor George Papadopoulos for false statements to FBI. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Kathleen KavalecState Department Official. Communicated with British ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele and Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr before and after 2016 election. Donor to the campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Adam JedSpecial Counsel Prosecutor. Investigated multiple Trump associates. One of four prosecutors to resign from Roger Stone case in February 2020 after Department of Justice rescinded their recommended sentencing of 7–9 years as “extreme, excessive and grossly disproportionate.” Represented government against Little Sisters of the Poor to enforce Obamacare contraception insurance mandate.

David LaufmanDepartment of Justice Counterintelligence Chief. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Stephen LaycockFBI Assistant Director of Intelligence. Previously led counterintelligence at FBI Washington Field Office. In communication with State Department official Kathleen Kavalec about British ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele in October 2016. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Jacob LewTreasury Secretary. Unmasked identity of Gen. Michael Flynn. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Loretta LynchAttorney General. Oversaw unprecedented Department of Justice investigation against opposition presidential campaign and transition. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Andrew McCabeFBI Deputy Director. CNN legal analyst. Led FBI through unprecedented investigation against a presidential campaign, transition, and administration through surveillance, investigations, and leaks to media. Fired for lying to investigators about media leaks in March 2018. Department of Justice Inspector General referred McCabe for criminal prosecution. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Mary McCordActing Assistant Attorney General. Per court filings, Michael Flynn’s legal team requested FBI notes of interviews with McCord showing when she knew Flynn did not have “clandestine relationship with Russia.” Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Denis McDonoughObama White House Chief of Staff. Unmasked identity of Gen. Michael Flynn. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Arthur “Danny” McGlynnActing Assistant Secretary of Treasury, Intelligence Directorate. Unmasked identity of Gen. Michael Flynn. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Jonathan MoffaFBI Official. Counterintelligence analysis section chief during 2016 elections. Revealed in August 2018 congressional testimony that use of FBI informants and other “counterintelligence assets” was much more widespread than previously admitted. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Michael MorellCIA Acting Director and Deputy Director. In October 2016, publicly accused Trump allies of “working on behalf of the Russians.”

Sally MoyerFBI Attorney. Moyer’s congressional testimony in 2018 shows FBI wanted Department of Justice’s Bruce Ohr to establish contact with British ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele to assess his reliability a month after Steele dossier was used to obtain FISA warrant on Carter Page. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Robert MuellerSpecial Counsel and former FBI Director. Led unprecedented investigation and prosecutions against a presidential campaign, transition, and administration. Led team of 19 prosecutors, including numerous Democrat donors; 40 FBI agents; intelligence analysts; and support staff. Interviewed approximately 500 witnesses. Issued 2,800 subpoenas, nearly 500 search warrants, more than 230 orders for communication records. Conducted nearly two-year, $32 million investigation into Trump-Russia collusion and found none. Mueller nevertheless prosecuted six Trump associates for unrelated crimes, costing them and hundreds of others millions of dollars in personal legal fees and public defamation.

Mike NeufieldTreasury Department official. Unmasked identity of Gen. Michael Flynn. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Sean NewellDeputy Chief of Counterintelligence, Department of Justice. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Victoria NulandAssistant Secretary of State. In June 2016, signed off on meeting between British ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele and FBI Legal Attaché in Rome. Revealed in Senate Intelligence Committee testimony that Steele had visited State Department HQ weeks before election in October 2016. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Barack ObamaPresided over administration that conducted unprecedented surveillance and investigation of opposition presidential campaign and transition team. Per January 2017 memo from outgoing National Security Advisor Susan Rice, allegedly discussed with FBI Director James Comey withholding information from incoming administration regarding Russia.

Bruce Ohr. UPDATED 9.15.20. Associate Deputy Attorney General. Department of Justice Inspector General report of December 2019 showed Ohr concealed numerous meetings with ex-British spy Christopher Steele from his superiors. Despite closure of FBI investigation Crossfire Hurricane into Trump campaign for lack of cause, Ohr served as backchannel to FBI, meeting with officials 13 times to present information from Steele. Ohr retired from the DOJ at the end of September 2020, prior to a disciplinary review decision that reportedly may have led to his termination.

Nellie OhrSpouse of Bruce Ohr. Researcher for Fusion GPS, firm hired by Clinton campaign and DNC through Perkins Coie law firm to investigate Donald Trump and any links to Russian organized crime. Fusion GPS commissioned British ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele to write series of political opposition research, a.k.a. Steele dossier. In May 2019, Ohr was referred to Department of Justice for criminal investigation of false statements to Congress.

Stephanie L. O’SullivanDNI Principal Deputy Director. Former CIA Official. Unmasked identity of Gen. Michael Flynn. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Lisa PageFBI Attorney, Counsel to Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Special Counsel Attorney until removed in July 2017 over anti-Trump texts. MSNBC legal analyst. In February 2018, Department of Justice released nearly 400 pages of text messages from 2015 to 2017 with Page’s FBI colleague and paramour Peter Strzok. Texts show intense disdain for Donald Trump, discussed “insurance policy” in case of his election, and referenced media leak strategy, among other things. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Joseph PientkaFBI agent. Accompanied Peter Strzok to interview new National Security Advisor Michael Flynn at White House in January 2017, resulting in false statements charge. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Samantha PowerUN Ambassador. Unmasked identity of Gen. Michael Flynn seven times. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Elizabeth PrelogarSpecial Counsel Prosecutor. Former law clerk to Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan. Investigated multiple Trump associates for Russian contacts. Prosecuted Paul Manafort. Donated to Clinton and Obama presidential campaigns, 2016 and 2012.

E.W. “Bill” PriestapFBI Counterintelligence Director. Peter Strzok’s supervisor. Priestap’s 2017 handwritten notes following discussions with FBI leadership regarding Gen. Michael Flynn included: “What’s our goal? Truth/admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired.” When notes unsealed in May 2020, Department of Justice dropped all charges against Flynn. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

James QuarlesSpecial Counsel Prosecutor. Former Watergate Prosecutor. Investigated multiple Trump associates. Former colleague of Special Counsel Robert Mueller at Wilmer Hale law firm. Donated nearly $33,000 to Democrats, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton campaigns.

Sarah RaskinDeputy Secretary, Treasury Department. Unmasked identity of Gen. Michael Flynn. Spouse of Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), member of House Judiciary Committee, and a driving force behind impeachment of President Trump. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Jeannie RheeSpecial Counsel Prosecutor. Former Department of Justice official. Former colleague of Special Counsel Robert Mueller at Wilmer Hale law firm. Investigated multiple Trump associates. Prosecuted Trump advisor George Papadopoulos for false statements to FBI. Donated more than $16,000 to Democrats since 2008 including max donations to Hillary Clinton campaign in 2015 and 2016. Attorney for Clinton Foundation and former Obama advisor, Ben Rhodes. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Steve RicchettiChief of Staff to Vice President Biden. Biden 2020 campaign chairman. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Susan RiceNational Security Advisor. Per January 2017 memo to herself, Rice alleges that President Obama and FBI Director James Comey discussed withholding information from incoming administration regarding Russia. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Ben RhodesDeputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications. House Intelligence Committee transcripts from 2017 released in May 2020 show Rhodes was unaware of any evidence showing Trump-Russia collusion, but sat for media interviews encouraging investigation of that alleged collusion. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Rod Rosenstein. Deputy Attorney General. Responsible for Trump-Russia investigations once Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself as a former campaign advisor. Appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller in May 2017, authorizing investigation into Russian government links and/or coordination with presidential campaign and “any matters that arose or may arise from that investigation.” Signed improper FISA warrant renewal targeting Trump advisor Carter Page. Congressional Republicans prepared contempt resolution against Rosenstein for stonewalling requests for materials and interviews of officials believed to be involved in wrongdoing. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Gabriel Sanz-RexachDepartment of Justice official involved in FISA abuse scandal against Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Nathan SheetsUnder Secretary, International Affairs, Treasury Department. Unmasked identity of Gen. Michael Flynn. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Elizabeth Sherwood-RandallDeputy Secretary of Energy. Unmasked identity of Gen. Michael Flynn. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Steve SommaFBI counterintelligence investigator, NY Field Office. Department of Justice Inspector General report on FISA Abuse identifies Case Agent #1, reported by the New York Times as Somma, for being “primarily responsible for some of the most significant errors and omissions” of the 17 found in FISA warrant application against Trump advisor Carter Page. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Peter StrzokFBI counterintelligence deputy director. Special Counsel investigator until removed in July 2017 over anti-Trump texts. Fired from FBI, August 2018. Involved in multiple key aspects of Trump-Russia, including drafting and approving Crossfire Hurricane investigation into Trump campaign in July 2016 based on third-hand rumors from Australian diplomat in London and ordering investigation into Gen. Michael Flynn remain open in January 2017 despite lack of derogatory information. In February 2018, Department of Justice released nearly 400 pages of text messages with Strzok’s FBI colleague and paramour Lisa Page, from 2015 to 2017. Texts show intense disdain for Donald Trump, discussed “insurance policy” in case of his election and referenced media leak strategy among other things. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Adam SzubinActing Under Secretary, Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Treasury Department. Unmasked identity of Gen. Michael Flynn. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Brandon Van GrackSpecial Counsel Prosecutor. Department of Justice Chief of Foreign Agent Registration Act Division. Investigated multiple Trump associates. Prosecuted Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Lead prosecutor against Gen. Michael Flynn. Abruptly withdrew from Flynn case in May 2020 when exculpatory information from January 2017 was released through court filings. Accused by Flynn legal team of withholding evidence despite 2018 court order. Barack Obama campaign donor.

Andrew WeissmanSpecial Counsel prosecutor. Former FBI General Counsel under Director Robert Mueller. MSNBC legal analyst. Investigated multiple Trump associates. Lead prosecutor against Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates. Manafort was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison; Gates to 45 days. Both for financial crimes unrelated to Trump-Russia collusion, the stated rationale for investigation. Former task force lead in prosecution of Arthur Anderson accounting firm in relation to Enron scandal; persuaded judge in Arthur Anderson case to instruct jurors they could convict the firm even if no employees knew they were committing crimes. Arthur Anderson firm destroyed, but Supreme Court overturned Arthur Anderson case, 9-0, because of the trial judge’s jury instructions. Donated $2,300 to Barack Obama campaign and at least $2,000 to DNC. Attended Hillary Clinton Victory Party on election night, November 2016.

Jonathan WinerState Department official, International Law Enforcement. Special Envoy to Libya. Former counsel to Sen. John Kerry (D-MA). State Department contact for ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele. Winer shared now-discredited Steele dossier materials with State Department leaders prior to 2016 electionSource to Yahoo News’ Mike Isikoff. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Christopher WrayFBI Director. Replaced James Comey in July 2017. Defended Trump-Russia investigations before Congress. Congressional Republicans prepared contempt resolution against Wray for stonewalling requests for information and interviews of FBI agents believed to be involved in wrongdoing. Denied Ukraine meddling in 2016 election despite evidence in the public domain since 2017. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Sally YatesActing Attorney General. Fired for defying Trump executive order regarding ban on travel and refugees from certain Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. Involved in events leading to dismissal of Gen. Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor. Documents released in May 2020 show Yates claimed President Obama notified her of Flynn’s phone calls with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, not her subordinate, FBI Director James Comey. Among 53 Obama/Comey-era officials targeted by subpoenas from Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2020 regarding Crossfire Hurricane and origins of Trump-Russia investigations.

Aaron ZebleyDeputy Special Counsel. Former FBI Chief of Staff to Director Robert Mueller, later colleague of Mueller at Wilmer Hale law firm. Investigated multiple Trump associates. Previously represented Justin Cooper, a former Hillary Clinton aide who was involved in setting up her private email server while Secretary of State.

Aaron ZelinskySpecial Counsel prosecutor. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Maryland, serving under Rod Rosenstein. Investigated multiple Trump associates. Prosecuted Trump advisor George Papadopoulos for false statements to FBI. Prosecuted Roger Stone for false statements to Congress. One of four prosecutors to resign from Roger Stone case in February 2020 after Department of Justice rescinded recommended sentencing of 7–9 years as “extreme, excessive and grossly disproportionate.

DNC and Clinton Associates

Andrew BrownNational Data Director for Democratic National Committee. According to August 2017 House Intelligence Committee testimony, Brown engaged outside firm, CrowdStrike, to provide security for DNC computer network which was hacked in 2016. FBI Director James Comey testified to Congress in January 2017 that DNC refused to grant FBI access to hacked servers. Represented by Marc Elias of Perkins Coie law firm at House Intelligence Committee hearing.

Sidney BlumenthalWhite House Senior Advisor, Clinton administration. Clinton Foundation official. Journalist/columnist with SalonThe New YorkerThe Guardian and others. Together with fellow Clinton associate Cody Shearer, Blumenthal was involved in second anti-Trump dossier paralleling efforts by ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele. State Department official Jonathan Winer revealed that before 2016 election both Blumenthal and Steele met with him to provide different dossiers which alleged alarming activity between Trump and Russia.

Thomas CatanFormer Wall Street Journal reporter. Along with former WSJ colleagues, Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, co-founded Fusion GPS. With funds from the Democratic National Committee, Clinton Campaign via Perkins Coie Law Firm, and former Senate staffer Dan Jones, Fusion GPS commissioned the now-discredited Steele dossier from ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele, alleging vast conspiracy between Trump campaign and Russia. At House Intelligence Committee hearing in October 2017, Catan invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Alexandra Chalupa. Democratic National Committee contractor. Former Clinton White House aide. Visited Ukraine Embassy in Washington, DC, during March 2016 for meeting with Ambassador Valeriy Chaly and staff regarding Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort business dealings in Ukraine. When the New York Times ran a story in August 2016 profiling Manafort’s past with Ukrainian political parties, he was fired from Trump campaign.

Hillary Clinton. 2016 Democrat presidential nominee. Former First Lady. Former Secretary of State. Within 24 hours of losing election to Donald Trump she ordered her campaign co-leaders John Podesta and Robby Mook to advance conspiracy theory that Russian interference was the reason for her defeat. Clinton alleged Trump was a Russian “puppet” during the 2016 campaign and reiterated the statement in January 2019. In October 2019 Clinton expanded her conspiracy theory to include the possibility that 2016 Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) were also being used as Russian assets.

Marc Elias. General counsel to Clinton 2016 and Kerry 2004 presidential campaigns. At Perkins Coie law firm, represents numerous Democratic political groups and individuals, including the Democratic National CommitteeDemocratic Senatorial Campaign CommitteePriorities USA, U.S. senators, governors, and U.S. representatives. Served as financial link between Hillary Clinton campaign, DNC, and Fusion GPS research firm, which commissioned the now-discredited Steele dossier compiled by British ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele. Sued by Trump campaign advisor Carter Page in January 2020.

Brian Fallon. Press secretary to 2016 Clinton campaign. Former Department of Justice spokesman. Former spokesman for Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). CNN political analyst. Began pushing Trump-Russia conspiracy theories during 2016 election, stating, “There’s plenty of reason to think there’s an affinity between Putin and Trump.” Told CNN’s Don Lemon in October 2017 that it would have been “campaign malpractice” not to purchase Fusion GPS opposition research into Trump.

Peter Fritsch. Former Wall Street Journal reporter. Along with former WSJ colleagues, Glenn Simpson and Thomas Catan, co-founded Fusion GPS. With funds from the Democratic National Committee, Clinton Campaign via Perkins Coie Law Firm, and former Senate staffer Dan Jones, Fusion GPS commissioned now-discredited Steele dossier from ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele, alleging vast conspiracy between Trump campaign and Russia. At House Intelligence Committee hearing in October 2017, Fritsch invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Shawn Henry. President of CrowdStrike Services and chief security officer of CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity company based in California. Former career FBI official specializing in cyber-investigations. At House Intelligence Committee hearing in December 2017, described work with Democratic National Committee to investigate 2016 hacking. May 2020 report on Henry’s declassified congressional testimony from 2017 demonstrated that DNC had refused to let FBI directly investigate the hacked server, that all of FBI’s information came from CrowdStrike (a DNC-paid cybersecurity contractor), and that Henry repeatedly said under oath in December 2017 that his firm did not have “concrete evidence” that data were taken electronically or identifying who took it.

Robby MookCampaign manager to 2016 Clinton campaign. Former staffer to Dean 2004 and Clinton 2008 presidential campaigns. Aggressively pushed Trump-Russia conspiracy theories during campaign, saying GOP platform was being rewritten to become “more pro-Russian.” Within 24 hours of Hillary Clinton losing election to Donald Trump, she ordered her campaign co-leaders John Podesta and Robby Mook to advance conspiracy theory that Russian interference was the reason for her defeat. In March 2017, raised possibility that Trump aides could be “prosecuted for treason” if FBI proves coordination with Russia on the election.

Jennifer Palmieri. Director of communications to 2016 Clinton campaign. Former Obama White House director of communications. In 2016, reportedly engaged in media tour with campaign colleague Jake Sullivan to promote theory that Russian government was helping Trump campaign. In March 2017 Washington Post opinion piece declared the “Russian plot succeeded” in electing Trump, accused President Trump of “curious pro-Putin bent,” took credit for helping Clinton accuse Trump of being a “puppet” of Putin during 2016 presidential debate, and urged Congressional Democrats to talk about Russia’s “attack on our Republic . . . relentlessly, above all else” to the point of acts such as blocking U.S. Supreme Court appointments.

John Podesta. Campaign chairman to 2016 Clinton campaign. Former Clinton White House chief of staff. Founder, Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank, which promoted Trump-Russia conspiracy theories through its Moscow Project. Within 24 hours of Hillary Clinton losing election to Donald Trump she ordered her campaign co-leaders John Podesta and Robby Mook to advance conspiracy theory that Russian interference was the reason for her defeat. In April 2019 Washington Post op-ed, accused presidential candidate Trump of teaming up with “hostile foreign power to undermine an election” and that Trump campaign and the Kremlin “were in regular contact.”

Cody Shearer. Clinton family associate via brother-in-law Strobe Talbott (deputy secretary of state, Clinton administration). Compiled anti-Trump dossier in 2016 paralleling now-discredited Steele dossier. Passed dossier to fellow Clinton associate Sidney Blumenthal who passed to State Department official Jonathan Winer. Winer passed to Steele and Steele passed to FBI in October 2016.

Glenn Simpson. Former Wall Street Journal reporter. Along with former WSJ colleagues, Peter Fritsch and Thomas Catan, co-founded Fusion GPS. With funds from the Democratic National Committee, Clinton Campaign via Perkins Coie Law Firm, and former Senate staffer Dan Jones, Fusion GPS commissioned now-discredited Steele dossier from ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele, alleging vast conspiracy between Trump campaign and Russia. In May 2018, Sen. Chuck Grassley accused Simpson of lying to Congress.

Jake Sullivan. Senior policy advisor to 2016 Clinton campaign. Former national security advisor to Vice President Joe Biden. Former State Department official who secretly met with Iranian government officials in 2013 to lay groundwork for Iran nuclear deal. In 2016, reportedly engaged in media tour with campaign colleague Jennifer Palmieri to promote theory that Russian government was helping Trump campaign.

Michael Sussman. UPDATED 9.20.21. Lawyer at Perkins Coie, represented Democratic National Committee and 2016 Clinton campaign. Former Department of Justice official. Together with colleague Marc Elias, served as financial link between DNC and Clinton campaign to Fusion GPS, which commissioned British ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele to conduct opposition research against Trump campaign. Sued by Trump campaign advisor Carter Page in January 2020. On September 16, 2021, he was indicted for lying to the FBI that he was not working “for any client” when made allegations to the FBI about “a purported secret channel of communications between the Trump Organization . . . and a particular Russian bank.” He pled not guilty in federal court the next day.

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. Former chair of Democratic National CommitteeForced to resign in July 2016 after news reports that DNC had colluded with Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary over primary opponent, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). In May 2019 said of Trump-Russia collusion allegations that President Trump was “hiding the fact that there was collusion, there was obstruction of justice to cover that up.” Former Florida congresswoman. Key figure in Imran Awan scandal over congressional IT security breach, computer theft, and bank fraud, 2016–2018.

Media

BuzzFeed

Ken Bensinger. BuzzFeed investigative reporter. Central figure in BuzzFeed becoming first news outlet to publish the now-discredited Steele dossier. David Kramer, a former aide to late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) testified in a libel case that he allowed Bensinger to privately view the now-discredited Steele dossier on his phone in late December 2016. Allegedly Bensinger took photos of dossier without his knowledge. BuzzFeed published dossier on January 10, 2017.

Anthony Cormier. BuzzFeed investigative reporter. Promoted Trump-Russia conspiracy theories. Co-authored false January 2019 story allegedly sourced to federal investigators claiming President Trump instructed his personal lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress (a bombshell that caused Democrats to assert impeachment was necessary if the allegation were proven true). The office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller responded (in what CNBC characterized as a “rare public rebuke” of media) declaring the BuzzFeed report “not accurate.” The fake story was cited by left-leaning journalist Glenn Greenwald as one of the “The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump-Russia Story.”

Jason Leopold. BuzzFeed investigative reporter. Promoted Trump-Russia conspiracy theories. Co-authored false January 2019 story allegedly sourced to federal investigators claiming President Trump instructed his personal lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress (a bombshell that caused Democrats to assert impeachment was necessary if the allegation were proven true); the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller responded (in what CNBC characterized as a “rare public rebuke” of media) declaring the BuzzFeed report “not accurate.” The fake story was cited by left-leaning journalist Glenn Greenwald as one of the “The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump-Russia Story.” In 2006, falsely reported in Truth Out that White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove faced imminent indictment over Valerie Plame scandal, leading a writer in Columbia Journalism Review to describe Leopold as a “serial fabulist.” In 2002, Salon removed story Leopold authored over accuracy and plagiarism concerns. Fired from LA Times in 2000 over violent outburst.

Ben Smith. Former editor-in-chief at BuzzFeed. Became media columnist at New York Times, January 2020. Responsible for BuzzFeed becoming first news outlet to publish the now-discredited Steele dossier. In January 2018, wrote New York Times opinion column bragging “I’m Proud We Published the Trump-Russia Dossier.” In January 2019, defended reporters Jason Leopold and Anthony Cormier after they co-authored false January 2019 story allegedly sourced to federal investigators claiming President Trump instructed his personal lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress (a bombshell that caused Democrats to assert impeachment was necessary if the allegation were proven true). The office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller responded (in what CNBC characterized as a “rare public rebuke” of media) declaring the BuzzFeed report “not accurate.” The fake story regarding Cohen was cited by left-leaning journalist Glenn Greenwald as one of the “The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump-Russia Story.”

CNN

Reza Aslan. Host of CNN’s Believer with Reza Aslan series, cancelled in 2017 after Aslan’s expletive-filled Twitter attacks on President Trump. Aggressively pushed Trump-Russia conspiracy theories based on now-discredited Steele dossier. Said in February 2018 Twitter statement that “Steele Dossier is not “faulty intelligence,” that “most of it has been proven” and that he was willing to bet “there’s a pee pee tape somewhere too.” Said in July 2018 Twitter statement that President Trump “thinks he’s Russia’s president.” Among lawsuit top targets of attorneys for Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann, who was falsely accused of instigating clash in Washington with left-learning protestors on National Mall. In January 2019, Aslan Tweeted, “Honest question. Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s?”

Paul Begala. CNN political commentator. Former counselor to President Bill Clinton. Advanced Trump-Russia collusion conspiracies. In July 2017, on CNN panel alleged that Trump associates, including the president’s son, were “abetting” a “hostile foreign power” and suggested instead “we should debating” the idea of “retaliating massively” with measures such as “blow up the KGB, or GSU (sic), GRU.”

Carl Bernstein. CNN political commentator. According to Washington Post analysis, CNN “anchors and guests repeatedly defended the Steele dossier on the grounds that it had been corroborated in some fashion.” Was one of four CNN reporters given an award by White House Correspondents Association for “their January 2017 report on how the intelligence community believed Russia had compromising information on then President-elect Trump”—thus an award for their work repeating debunked allegations linked to the now-discredited Steele dossier.

Wolf Blitzer. Host of CNN’s The Situation Room. Provided significant coverage to promotors of now-debunked Trump-Russia conspiracy theories. According to Washington Post analysis, CNN “anchors and guests repeatedly defended the Steele dossier on the grounds that it had been corroborated in some fashion.”

Erin Burnett. Host of CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront. Provided significant coverage to promotors of now-debunked Trump-Russia conspiracy theories. According to Washington Post analysis, CNN “anchors and guests repeatedly defended the Steele dossier on the grounds that it had been corroborated in some fashion.”

Alisyn Camerota. Co-host of CNN’s New Day. Provided significant coverage to promotors of now-debunked Trump-Russia conspiracy theories. According to Washington Post analysis, CNN “anchors and guests repeatedly defended the Steele dossier on the grounds that it had been corroborated in some fashion.” In December 2017 Camerota asserted U.S. federal intelligence community had “corroborated all the details” of Steele dossier.

David Chalian. CNN political director. According to Washington Post analysis, CNN “anchors and guests repeatedly defended the Steele dossier on the grounds that it had been corroborated in some fashion.” Helped promote now-debunked Trump-Russia conspiracy theoriesFired by Yahoo News after 2012 Republican National Convention incident where he stated (in reference to a hurricane then hitting the Gulf Coast) that GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney was “happy to have a party with black people drowning.”

Anderson Cooper. Host of CNN’s AC-360. Provided significant coverage to promotors of now-debunked Trump-Russia conspiracy theories. According to Washington Post analysis, CNN “anchors and guests repeatedly defended the Steele dossier on the grounds that it had been corroborated in some fashion.”

Chris Cuomo. Host of CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time. Provided significant coverage to promotors of now-debunked Trump-Russia conspiracy theories. According to Washington Post analysis, CNN “anchors and guests repeatedly defended the Steele dossier on the grounds that it had been corroborated in some fashion.” Brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo—threatened to throw man down flight of stairs in August 2019 for calling him “Fredo.

John Dean. CNN legal analyst commenting on Trump-Russia collusion theories after what Politico described as a “bidding war” between rival networks for his commentary. Former White House Counsel, Nixon administration. Convicted of obstruction of justice in Watergate probe and served four months in prison during 1974. Despite role as paid network contributor, was invited by House Democrats to testify after Mueller Report did not provide evidence of criminal conspiracy between Trump campaign and Russian government. Dean argued in testimony that Trump-Russia collusion allegation still contained “remarkable parallels” to Watergate.

Sam Feist. CNN Bureau Chief for Washington, DC. Provided significant coverage to promotors of now-debunked Trump-Russia conspiracy theories. According to Washington Post analysis, CNN “anchors and guests repeatedly defended the Steele dossier on the grounds that it had been corroborated in some fashion.”

David Gregory. CNN political analyst. According to Washington Post analysis, CNN “anchors and guests repeatedly defended the Steele dossier on the grounds that it had been corroborated in some fashion.” Formerly hosted NBC’s Meet the Press until dismissed in August 2014, reportedly over bad ratings; replaced by Chuck Todd.

Steve Hall. CNN intelligence analyst. Former career CIA agent, including Moscow station chief. Aided Trump-Russia collusion conspiracies. Used expertise about Russian agencies to provide legitimacy to CNN coverage insinuating guilt of Trump and associates. Co-authored August 2017 New York Times op-ed (“Oh, Wait. Maybe It Was Collusion.”) arguing collusion and compromise of President Trump by Russian agents was plausible and needed to be investigated. Similarly, in April 2019, after Mueller Report failed to assert collusion, followed up with Washington Post essay titled: “No Collusion? I Managed Russia Operations at the CIA. Read Between the Lines.”

Juliette Kayyem. CNN national security analyst. Former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), Obama administration. Used DHS expertise to provide legitimacy to CNN reports insinuating guilt of Trump and associates. In January 2019, Kayyem tweeted clip of her CNN segment with host Don Lemon and John Dean asking: “How would a president compromised by the Russians behave, and give me any moment the past two years when Trump behaved differently.” Washington Examiner reporter Byron York responded on Twitter to Kayyem with eight refutations, such as “4) Would a president compromised by the Russians launch a ferocious attack that killed 200-300 Russian fighters in Syria?”

Don Lemon. Host of CNN’s CNN Tonight. According to Washington Post analysis, CNN “anchors and guests repeatedly defended the Steele dossier on the grounds that it had been corroborated in some fashion.” Lemon said in November 2017 that “much of the dossier has been corroborated.”

Ryan Lizza. Former CNN analyst. Political journalist. Advanced Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories. In September 2017, authored column in The New Yorker, “A Dizzying Week of Trump-Russia Revelations,” which he described as “a good one for Trump-Russia conspiracy theorists” and raised possibility that the Trump campaign and Russia “knowingly colluded in a clearly illegal and perhaps treasonous manner.” In December 2017, Lizza was fired by The New Yorker and suspended from CNN for alleged “improper sexual conduct.”

Evan Perez. CNN senior justice correspondent. According to Washington Post analysis, CNN “anchors and guests repeatedly defended the Steele dossier on the grounds that it had been corroborated in some fashion.” Was one of four CNN reporters given an award by White House Correspondents Association for “their January 2017 report on how the intelligence community believed Russia had compromising information on then President-elect Trump”—thus an award for their work repeating debunked allegations linked to the now-discredited Steele dossier.

Manu Raju. CNN congressional correspondent. According to Washington Post analysis, CNN “anchors and guests repeatedly defended the Steele dossier on the grounds that it had been corroborated in some fashion.” In December 2017, CNN was forced to correct Raju story which falsely claimed Donald Trump Jr. had private access to Wikileaks document files when it was already public knowledge. Was cited by left-leaning journalist Glenn Greenwald for his part in producing one of the “The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump-Russia Story.” In May 2020, former U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) identified Raju as a reporter who aided Democrats to advance Trump-Russia narrative, noting “no leak too low for Manu Raju and CNN.”

Jim Sciutto. CNN Chief National Security Correspondent. According to Washington Post analysis, CNN “anchors and guests repeatedly defended the Steele dossier on the grounds that it had been corroborated in some fashion.” Was cited by left-leaning journalist Glenn Greenwald for his part in producing one of the “The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump-Russia Story.” Was one of four CNN reporters given an award by White House Correspondents Association for “their January 2017 report on how the intelligence community believed Russia had compromising information on then President-elect Trump”—thus an award for their work repeating debunked allegations linked to the now-discredited Steele dossier. Was an Obama-era political appointee at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China.

Brian Stelter. Host of CNN’s Reliable Sources. Provided significant coverage to promotors of now-debunked Trump-Russia conspiracy theories. According to Washington Post analysis, CNN “anchors and guests repeatedly defended the Steele dossier on the grounds that it had been corroborated in some fashion.”

Jake Tapper. Host of CNN’s The Lead and State of the Union. According to Washington Post analysis, CNN “anchors and guests repeatedly defended the Steele dossier on the grounds that it had been corroborated in some fashion.” Was one of four CNN reporters given an award by White House Correspondents Association for “their January 2017 report on how the intelligence community believed Russia had compromising information on then President-elect Trump”—thus an award for their work repeating debunked allegations linked to the now-discredited Steele dossier.

Jeffrey Toobin. CNN legal analyst. New Yorker staff writer. Author of True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump. Advanced Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories. Regarding Mueller Report, stated in April 2019 that President Trump’s “frustration at leaks and investigation are evidence of guilt, not innocence,” leading New York Post columnist Sohrab Ahmari to award Toobin “honorable mention” on a list of “Top 10 things the media got wrong about ‘collusion’ and ‘obstruction.’”

Jeff Zucker. President, CNN Worldwide. Formerly President and CEO, NBC Universal. Provided significant coverage to promotors of now-debunked Trump-Russia conspiracy theories. According to Washington Post analysis, CNN “anchors and guests repeatedly defended the Steele dossier on the grounds that it had been corroborated in some fashion.” CNN was cited by left-leaning journalist Glenn Greenwald for producing three of the “The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump-Russia Story.”

Entertainment Media

Stephen Colbert. Comedian. Host of CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. From 2017 to 2019, advanced Trump-Russia collusion narrative and other conspiracy theories on daily late night comedy show. In October 2017, after Special Counsel announced indictment of Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos for false statements to the FBI, Colbert mocked denial of Russia collusion as “fake news.”

Bill Maher. Comedian. Host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. From 2017 to 2019, advanced Trump-Russia collusion narrative and other conspiracy theories on weekly late night comedy show. In August 2018, Maher said about Trump that it is “super obvious already” that “he is a Russian asset” and that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s evidence will be “fool proof.”

Michael Moore. Documentary filmmaker. Advanced Trump-Russia collusion narrative and other conspiracy theories. In February 2017, tweeted that President Trump is a “Russian traitor” who should vacate the White House, adding “We can do this the easy way (you resign), or the hard way (impeachment)”. In July 2018, Moore accused Trump of “televised treason” and said “no more proof” is needed for impeachment.

MSNBC

Mika Brzezinski. Co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Provided significant coverage to promotors of now-debunked Trump-Russia conspiracy theoriesWashington Post media critic Erik Wemple reported that “media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC and others “touted” the [Steele] dossier with flimsy corroboration in the early months of the Trump presidency.” Speaking of Trump family and associates in December 2017, Brzezinski said “I think they’re shocked that the noose is tightening and that people might go to jail for the rest of their lives.” In January 2018 Brzezinski and co-host Joe Scarborough congratulated BuzzFeed editors for being sued over being first media organization to release now-discredited Steele dossier.

Ken Dilanian. NBC national security correspondent. Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple reported that “media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC and others “touted” the [Steele] dossier with flimsy corroboration in the early months of the Trump presidency.” Was cited by left-leaning journalist Glenn Greenwald for producing one of the “The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump-Russia Story.” Dilanian cited in media reports related to allegations of “pay to publish” scheme from Fusion GPS research firm after federal court filings revealed it had paid journalists to publish Russia investigation stories. In July 2019, the Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway referred to Dilanian as “the Fusion GPS-connected NBC reporter who is highly implicated in the Russia collusion conspiracy theory.”

Frank Figliuzzi. MSNBC analyst. Former FBI Counterintelligence Director. Aggressively promoted Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories, stating to MSNBC’s Brian Williams in July 2018 that President Trump was “compromised financially or personally” by Russia and had thus “made the decision to side with the other team.”

Chris Hayes. Host of MSNBC’s All In With Chris HayesWashington Post media critic Erik Wemple reported that “media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC and others “touted” the [Steele] dossier with flimsy corroboration in the early months of the Trump presidency.” In November 2018 Hayes called President Trump an “American president who has been compromised by the Russians.” In late November 2019 Hayes gave friendly interview to Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, co-founders of Fusion GPS, allowing them to defend the findings in the now-discredited Steele dossier that their firm produced. In 2004 Hayes worked at League of Conservation Voters in Wisconsin, where he says he “was knocking on doors there trying to persuade persuadable voters to vote for John Kerry and not George W. Bush.”

Kyle GriffinMSNBC senior producer to current and former anchors Lawrence O’Donnell and Chris Matthews. Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple reported that “media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC and others “touted” the [Steele] dossier with flimsy corroboration in the early months of the Trump presidency.” Griffin also aggressively promoted Trump-Russia collusion conspiracies from personal twitter account with over 700K followers, including a story cited by left-leaning journalist Glenn Greenwald as one of the “The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump-Russia Story.”

Rachel Maddow. Host of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow ShowWashington Post media critic Erik Wemple reported that “media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC and others “touted” the [Steele] dossier with flimsy corroboration in the early months of the Trump presidency.” Wemple also wrote that “Maddow became a clearinghouse for news increments regarding the dossier,” quoting Maddow as saying on a March 2017 broadcast that “all the supporting details are checking out, even the really outrageous ones,” and that the details were “starting to bear out under scrutiny.” See also: “Rachel Maddow Rooted for the Steele Dossier to Be True. Then It Fell Apart.

Chris Matthews. Host of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews. Author. Former Carter-era White House speechwriter, former Chief of Staff to Speaker of the House, Tip O’Neill (D-MA). Provided significant coverage to promotors of now-debunked Trump-Russia conspiracy theoriesWashington Post media critic Erik Wemple reported that “media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC and others “touted” the [Steele] dossier with flimsy corroboration in the early months of the Trump presidency.” Agreed with one guest (March 2017) that now-discredited Steele dossier was “gaining a lot more credibility.” In March 2020, abruptly resigned from MSNBC after allegations surfaced of sexually suggestive comments to women in the workplace.

Lawrence O’Donnell – Host of MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. Former aide to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY). Provided significant coverage to promotors of now-debunked Trump-Russia conspiracy theoriesWashington Post media critic Erik Wemple reported that “media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC and others “touted” the [Steele] dossier with flimsy corroboration in the early months of the Trump presidency.” In August 2019 O’Donnell promoted conspiracy theory that President Trump obtained a loan co-signed by “Russian oligarchs”; MSNBC was forced to fully retract the story the next day in an incident characterized by media critic Wemple as “uncorroborated, wish-fulfillment garbage that O’Donnell presented to his viewers” that was “was mocking the core idea of journalism.”

Joe Scarborough. Co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Former Florida congressman. A Republican, Scarborough was rated 96 percent by American Conservative Union. Provided significant coverage to promotors of now-debunked Trump-Russia conspiracy theoriesWashington Post media critic Erik Wemple reported that “media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC and others “touted” the [Steele] dossier with flimsy corroboration in the early months of the Trump presidency.” In January 2018 Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski congratulated BuzzFeed editors for being sued over being first media organization to release now-discredited Steele dossier. On December 2017, Scarborough predicted the Special Counsel investigation would lead to President Trump’s removal from office: “He thinks, ‘This worked with Rosie. I’ll do with this Comey. I’ll do this with Mueller.’ He has no idea that he’s going down.”

Chuck Todd. Host of NBC/MSNBC’s Meet the Press. Provided significant coverage to promotors of now-debunked Trump-Russia conspiracy theoriesWashington Post media critic Erik Wemple reported that “media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC and others “touted” the [Steele] dossier with flimsy corroboration in the early months of the Trump presidency.” Todd said in late November 2019, during friendly interview with Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, co-founders of Fusion GPS (the firm that hired Christopher Steele) that some of the Steele dossier’s “larger findings, some could argue, have been proven true.” Stated in April 2018 that memos written by former FBI Director James Comey gave “more, not less, credence” to the Steele dossier.

Katy Tur. Host of MSNBC Live with Katy Tur. Author. Provided significant coverage to promotors of now-debunked Trump-Russia conspiracy theoriesWashington Post media critic Erik Wemple reported that “media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC and others “touted” the [Steele] dossier with flimsy corroboration in the early months of the Trump presidency.”

New York Times

Matt ApuzzoNew York Times investigative reporter. Awarded 2018 shared Pulitzer Prize for “deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the president-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration.” In April 2019, the central theme of collusion was exposed as false when 448-page Special Counsel Report was released to the public.

Dean BaquetNew York Times executive editor. From 2017 to 2019, aggressively pushed Trump-Russia conspiracy theories. Referencing the FBI’s credulous acceptance of now-discredited conspiracy theories, New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin wrote that Baquet had turned the the New York Times into “an errand boy” for former FBI Director James Comey’s “corrupt team of G-men,” and that “Never before has a single media institution played such a destructive role in the nation’s life.” Reporters under Baquet’s supervision were awarded 2018 shared Pulitzer Prize for “deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the president-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration.” In April 2019, the central theme of collusion was exposed as false when 448-page Special Counsel Report was released to the public.

Jo BeckerNew York Times investigative reporter. Awarded 2018 shared Pulitzer Prize for “deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the president-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration.” In April 2019, the central theme of collusion was exposed as false when 448-page Special Counsel Report was released to the public.

Maggie HabermanNew York Times White House reporter. Awarded 2018 shared Pulitzer Prize for “deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the president-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration.” In April 2019, the central theme of collusion was exposed as false when 448-page Special Counsel Report was released to the public. Contributed to January 2019 report stating Trump campaign advisor Paul Manefort wanted polling data sent to “a Russian oligarch close to the Kremlin” when in reality Manefort wanted data sent to two Ukrainians. This report received an honorable mention on left-leaning journalist Glenn Greenwald’s list of “The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump-Russia Story.”

Mark MazettiNew York Times investigative reporter. Awarded 2018 shared Pulitzer Prize for “deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the president-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration.” In April 2019, the central theme of collusion was exposed as false when 448-page Special Counsel Report was released to the public.

Ali WatkinsNew York Times reporter. Central figure in 2018 leak investigation into Senate Intelligence Committee Director of Security, James Wolfe. Investigation showed three year romantic relationship with Wolfe, 57, while Watkins, 26, was breaking national intelligence-related stories. Wolfe was sentenced to two months in jail for leaking information to Watkins and other reporters. New York Times reassigned Watkins from Washington, DC, to New York City and provided a mentor to oversee her work. Newspaper executive editor Dean Baquet stated Watkins was being provided a second chance but that it was “unacceptable” for a “reporter to have an intimate relationship with someone he or she covers.”

Washington Post

Martin BaronWashington Post executive editor. Washington Post promoted many significant Trump-Russia conspiracy theories. Newspaper was cited by left-leaning journalist Glenn Greenwald for producing two of the “The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump-Russia Story.” Washington Post reporters were awarded 2018 shared Pulitzer Prize for “deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the president-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration.” In April 2019, the central theme of collusion was exposed as false when 448-page Special Counsel Report was released to the public.

Devlin BarrettWashington Post Justice Department reporter. Was part of reporting team that was awarded 2018 shared Pulitzer Prize for “deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the president-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration.” In April 2019, the central theme of collusion was exposed as false when 448-page Special Counsel Report was released to the public.

Jeff Bezos. Owner, Washington Post. One of the planet’s richest billionaires. Founder and CEO, Amazon. Newspaper was cited by left-leaning journalist Glenn Greenwald for producing two of the “The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump-Russia Story.” Washington Post reporters were awarded 2018 shared Pulitzer Prize for “deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the president-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration.” In April 2019, the central theme of collusion was exposed as false when 448-page Special Counsel Report was released to the public.

Max BootWashington Post opinion columnist. CNN national security analyst. Senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations. Born in Moscow. Advanced Trump-Russia collusion and other conspiracies. In January 2019, authored column “Here are 18 reasons why Trump could be a Russian asset” that reached this conclusion: “I can’t think of anything that would exonerate Trump aside from the difficulty of grasping what once would have seemed unimaginable: that a president of the United States could actually have been compromised by a hostile foreign power.”

Jackson DiehlWashington Post Deputy editorial page editor. Promoted publication of opinion columns alleging debunked conspiracy theories regarding collusion between Russia government and 2016 Trump presidential campaign. In April 2019, the central theme of collusion was exposed as false when 448-page Special Counsel Report was released to the public.

Adam EntousWashington Post national security reporter. Awarded 2018 shared Pulitzer Prize for “deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the president-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration.” In April 2019, the central theme of collusion was exposed as false when 448-page Special Counsel Report was released to the public. In November 2017, Entous was caught on a hidden camera profanely casting doubt on Trump-Russia story.

Tom HamburgerWashington Post investigative reporter. MSNBC analyst. Awarded 2018 shared Pulitzer Prize for “deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the president-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration.” In April 2019, the central theme of collusion was exposed as false when 448-page Special Counsel Report was released to the public.

Rosalind HeldermanWashington Post investigative reporter. Awarded 2018 shared Pulitzer Prize for “deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the president-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration.” In April 2019, the central theme of collusion was exposed as false when 448-page Special Counsel Report was released to the public. In September 2018, J.D. Gordon, an advisor from 2016 Trump campaign, alleged that Helderman received and published leaked material from his supposedly confidential 2017 interview with federal investigators working for the Special Cousel; Gordon repeated the allegation shortly afterward on Fox News.

David IgnatiusWashington Post opinion columnist. Novelist. Writing about now-discredited Steele dossier in September 2018, Ignatius said “much” of it had “been confirmed.” Ignatius identified in February 2019 opinion by Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberly Strassel as “a dependable scribe” who helped U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) become “an effective “regurgitator of fantastical Trump-Russia collusion theories.” Strassel wrote that Ignatius “was the original conduit for the leak about former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn’s conversations with a Russian ambassador, and the far-fetched claims that Mr. Flynn had violated the Logan Act” and that “Schiff has now dictated to Mr. Ignatius a whole new collusion theory” to replace the Trump-Russia narrative that imploded following the central theme of collusion being exposed as false when the 448-page Special Counsel Report was released to the public.

Greg MillerWashington Post national security correspondent. Awarded 2018 shared Pulitzer Prize for “deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the president-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration.” In April 2019, the central theme of collusion was exposed as false when 448-page Special Counsel Report was released to the public.

Ellen NakashimaWashington Post national security reporter. Awarded 2018 shared Pulitzer Prize for “deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the president-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration.” In April 2019, the central theme of collusion was exposed as false when 448-page Special Counsel Report was released to the public.

Josh RoginWashington Post opinion columnist. CNN foreign policy analyst. Wrote July 2016 column titled “Trump campaign guts GOP’s anti-Russia stance on Ukraine” that a central theme in Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories. In reality the proposed amendment was edited to strike “lethal defensive weapons” from section otherwise pledging support for Ukraine, and was consistent with President Obama’s opposition to sending lethal aide to Ukraine. Rogin’s report was based on claims of Diana Denman, a delegate to 2016 RNC National Convention; during House Intelligence Committee testimony in 2017, released in May 2020, Denman stated that despite her rejected language the final GOP platform retained strong position against Russian interference in Ukraine.

Other Media

Natasha BertrandPolitico national security reporter. Previously with Atlantic and Business Insider. MSNBC analyst. Advanced Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories in now-discredited Steele dossier. In February 2019Washington Post media critic Eric Wemple denounced MSNBC for putting Bertrand on the air, saying she “heaped credibility on the dossier” with “winks and nods from MSNBC hosts” and that she was responsible for a “highlight reel” of media appearances providing “great deal of thumb-on-scale speculation regarding the dossier.”

Jack Bryan. Writer, director and producer, 2018 documentary film Active Measures, which promoted Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theory.

Jonathan Chait. Writer for New York magazine. MSNBC frequent guest. One of mainstream media’s most credulous believers in Trump-Russia conspiracy theories. Author of long-form essay in July 2018 New York repeating assertions from now-discredited Steele dossier that President Trump was a Russian intelligence asset for decades; repeated claim during MSNBC interview. Wrote April 2018 New York essay titled “I’m a peeliever and you should be too,” which repeated most salacious of rumors from now-discredited Steele dossier and asserted “Christopher Steele is credible.”

Kyle CheneyPolitico congressional correspondent. CNN and MSNBC analyst. Pushed Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories in now-discredited Steele dossier. In May 2020, former Rep. Trey Gowdy singled out Cheney as aiding Democrats in spreading false narratives in Russia investigation noting, “Kyle Cheney is just an acolyte for Adam Schiff.” According to Washington Post media critic analysis, CNN “anchors and guests repeatedly defended the Steele dossier on the grounds that it had been corroborated in some fashion.”

David CornMother Jones Washington bureau chief. Co-author with Mike Isikoff of Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America. At the end of October 2016, prior to the 2016 election, Corn posted one of first media accounts sourced to Steele’s now-discredited allegation that Russians might have “blackmail” material on then-candidate Trump and revealed that it had been turned over to the FBI. In October 2018, former FBI General Counsel James Baker testified to Congress that prior to 2016 election, Corn gave him parts of the now-discredited Steele dossier, which the FBI didn’t have at the time, and that Corn seemed “anxious” to get the material to the FBI.

Franklin Foer. Staff writer at The Atlantic. Formerly of Slate, and The New Republic. Spread Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories, to include debunked claim that Trump Organization was communicating with Russia’s Alfa Bank via servers in Trump Tower. Debunked Russia bank story was cited by left-leaning journalist Glenn Greenwald as one of the “The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump-Russia Story.”

Greg Gordon. McClatchy special correspondent. Spread Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories sourced to now-discredited Steele dossier. In 2018, along with colleague Peter Stone, co-authored reports (later debunked) that were central to narrative that Trump campaign colluded with Russians. Reports repeated Steele dossier allegation that Special Counsel had evidence of Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen clandestine travel Prague in Summer of 2016 to meet with Russians. Two investigations by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and FBI Inspector General each reported Cohen did not make the trip to Prague.

Luke Harding. British journalist, foreign correspondent for The Guardian. Author of “Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia helped Trump Win.” Spread Trump-Russia collusion conspiracies. Stated on MSNBC Hardball program that now-discredited Steele dossier was “broadly correct” (November 2017). In November 2018, despite lack of evidence, authored bombshell report that Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had secret negotiations with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, an allegation cited by left-leaning journalist Glenn Greenwald as one of the “The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump-Russia Story.”

Seth Hettena. Former AP investigative reporter. Author of Trump/Russia: A Definitive History, which the author says demonstrates that the president is “indebted” to Russia. In May 2018, a book review in The Guardian noted, “Seth Hettena has written a history of Trump’s business dealings in Russia that reads like a page-turning mob thriller.”

Mark Hosenball. Reuters investigative correspondent. Authored news reports based on classified leaks about Special Counsel investigation into Trump campaign contacts at 2016 GOP National Convention and alleged changes to the GOP platform. Reports revolved around allegations made by Diana Denman, an RNC convention delegate who proposed amendment to draft GOP platform for providing Ukraine with “lethal defensive weapons.” Claims that Trump campaign changed the GOP platform to favor Russia became a central theme in Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories. During House Intelligence Committee testimony in 2017 released in May 2020, Denman stated that despite her rejected language the final GOP platform retained strong position against Russian interference in Ukraine. Similarly, President Obama had also opposed sending lethal aide to Ukraine.

Julia Ioffe. Political journalist. Born in Moscow. Aggressively pushed Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories regarding Trump associates such as Carter Page and Jeff Sessions. In December 2016, fired from Politico for obscene tweet about Ivanka Trump.

Mike IsikoffYahoo News investigative reporter. Formerly of NBC News, Newsweek. Co-author with David Corn of Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America. In September 2016, authored bombshell report that FBI was investigating Trump campaign advisor Carter Page for links to Russia. A catalyst for years of Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories, story used circular reporting as Isikoff relied on multiple sources at the FBI and State Department, Fusion GPS, and its contractor, British ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele to confirm Steele’s single source report, the now-discredited Steele dossier. In December 2018, Isikoff conceded “When you actually get into the details of the Steele dossier, the specific allegations, we have not seen the evidence to support them, and in fact, there is good grounds to think that some of the more sensational allegations will never be proven and are likely false.” In May 2005, Isikoff authored false report in Newsweek that U.S. interrogators flushed a Koran down a toilet at Guantanamo Bay military base. Newsweek retracted the report and apologized, yet the resulting worldwide riots led to 17 deaths and more than 100 injured.

David Cay Johnston. Investigative journalist. Author of It’s Even Worse Than You Think, What Trump Administration is Doing to America. Spread Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories. In April 2019, defended collusion conspiracy theories (after Mueller Report revealed no evidence) during debate with left-leaning journalist Glenn Greenwald.

Joshua KeatingSlate reporter. Formerly with Foreign Policy magazine. Authored misleading and biased news reports on Trump-Russia conspiracy theories, including debunked claim that Trump campaign “gutted” the GOP platform to benefit Russia. Reports revolved around allegations made by Diana Denman, an RNC convention delegate who proposed amendment to draft GOP platform for providing Ukraine with “lethal defensive weapons.” Claims that Trump campaign changed the GOP platform to favor Russia became a central theme in Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories. During House Intelligence Committee testimony in 2017 released in May 2020, Denman stated that despite her rejected language the final GOP platform retained strong position against Russian interference in Ukraine. Similarly, President Obama had also opposed sending lethal aide to Ukraine.

Ed KrassensteinCo-founder of the Hill Reporter with brother Brian Krassenstein. The website repeatedly spread Trump-Russia and other conspiracy theories promoting claims of Christopher Steele and the now-discredited Steele dossier. In May 2019, Twitter banned Krassenstein brothers for life due to violating terms of service in “operating multiple fake accounts” and “purchasing account interactions.”

Brian KrassensteinCo-founder of the Hill Reporter with brother Ed Krassenstein. The website repeatedly spread Trump-Russia and other conspiracy theories promoting claims of Christopher Steele and the now-discredited Steele dossier. In May 2019, Twitter banned Krassenstein brothers for life due to violating terms of service in “operating multiple fake accounts” and “purchasing account interactions.”

Harry Litman. Former U.S. Attorney, Western District of Pennsylvania. Advanced Trump-Russia collusion conspiracies on CNN and MSNBC. In January 2018, following U.S. Senate testimony by Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson regarding now-discredited Steele dossier, said of Simpson he was “a guy who obviously has genuine concern about the security information he’s coming across,” and “he’s coming at it in really a conscientious or even patriotic way.” In May 2018, Sen. Chuck Grassley accused Simpson of lying to Congress.

Jane Mayer. Reporter-at-large for the New Yorker. Advanced myths from now-discredited Steele dossier with extensive and flattering March 2018 profile of Christopher Steele, which included, for example, an interview with a Steele associate who compared his friend to George Smiley, an espionage hero created by spy novelist John le Carré. Mayer claimed in her March 2018 report that “key elements” of what Steele dossier alleged about Carter Page had “held up,” but subsequent report from FBI Inspector General revealed none of Steele’s substantive allegations about Page could be corroborated. In late November 2019 Mayer authored another piece for the New Yorker, giving favorable coverage to a book released by Fusion GPS principles Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch to defend the now-discredited Steele dossier; Mayer judged that the authors “present a mountain of evidence that Trump’s dealings with corrupt foreign players—particularly those from the former Soviet Union—are both real and go back decades.”

Josh MeyerPolitico investigative correspondent through September 2018. Reported classified leaks from congressional investigation, such as debunked claim in Steele dossier that Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen traveled to Prague in Summer of 2016 to meet with Russians; two investigations by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and FBI Inspector General each reported Cohen did not make the trip to Prague.

Keith Olbermann. Host 2016-2017 GQ web series, “The Resistance with Keith Olbermann” in which he repeatedly accused Trump and associates of Russia collusion. During November 2017 “Trump is lying about Russia” monologue, said “Trump is up to his neck in collusion” and “Trump is surrounded by individuals who are alleged to be already corrupted or compromised by Russia and Putin.”

Brian Ross. ABC investigative correspondent. Spread Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories. Reported on-air in December 2017 that President Trump ordered then-advisor Gen. Michael Flynn to contact Russian government during the 2016 presidential campaign; truth was that Flynn was asked to interact with Russians only after Trump had won the election and Flynn was to be a presumed contributor to new administration’s foreign policy team. Ross was suspended after the network issued a correction and publicly apologized for his “serious error.” In July 2018, Ross left ABC after having been demoted to in-house production following his suspension.

Peter Stone. McClatchy special correspondent. Spread Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories sourced to now-discredited Steele dossier. In 2018, along with colleague Greg Gordon, co-authored reports (later debunked) that were central to narrative that Trump campaign colluded with Russians. Reports repeated Steele dossier allegation that Special Counsel had evidence of Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen clandestine travel Prague in Summer of 2016 to meet with Russians. Two investigations by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and FBI Inspector General each reported Cohen did not make the trip to Prague.

Craig Unger. Former deputy editor at New York Observer. Author of House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia, alleging money laundering through real estate.

Cenk Uygur. Former MSNBC show host. Creator of The Young Turks. Aggressively pushed Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories. In October 2018, promoted now-debunked conspiracy theory that Russia’s Alfa Bank computer server was communicating with Trump campaign. Debunked Russia bank story was cited by left-leaning journalist Glenn Greenwald as one of the “The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump-Russia Story.”

Members of Congress

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). Senate Judiciary Committee member. Leading Senate proponent of Trump-Russian collusion conspiracy theories. In December 2017, Blumenthal called Trump’s denial of Russian collusion “rotten to the core and doomed to unravel.” Claimed in a 2008 speech to have served in Vietnam during the Vietnam War; later recanted and said he had “misspoken” about his war record “on a few occasions” and that (during a six-year period serving in the Marine Corps Reserves) had never gone to Vietnam. Friendship with Bill and Hillary Clinton extends back to when the three were in law school together.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC). Chairman, Senate Intelligence Committee. Presided over three-year set of Trump-Russia investigations. Committee interviewed more than 100 witnesses and was plagued by investigation leaks and unauthorized contact with media. Sought leniency with federal judge for sentencing of James Wolfe, a top security aide convicted of lying to the FBI in a leak investigation. Widely criticized by Republicans when he approved subpoena against Donald Trump Jr. in May 2019. Resigned chairmanship in May 2020 after news reports of the FBI investigation against him for alleged insider trading.

Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN)Member of House Intelligence Committee. Spread Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories. In March 2017 implied 2016 GOP platform may have been changed to favor Russia by Trump and associates in response to “secret meetings” with Russian officials. Also in March 2017 promoted the veracity of the now-discredited Steele dossier, saying its “allegations are checking out.” Key intelligence committee figure in Imran Awan scandal over congressional IT security breach, computer theft, and bank fraud, 2016–2018.

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX). House Intelligence Committee. Prominent promoter of Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories sourced to now-discredited Steele dossier. During 2017 public hearing in U.S House proclaimed he relied on “the reputation” of Steele and said it was “important” that Steele “is a former accomplished British intelligence officer with a career built on following Russia” and “not someone who doesn’t know how to run a source and not someone without contacts.” Also in 2017 stated “many claims” in Steele dossier “are looking more and more likely, as though they are accurate.” Predicted in January 2018 MSNBC interview that Americans would be “very troubled” if they had been “able to listen to the testimony of Glenn Simpson from Fusion GPS” (the firm that produced the Steele dossier); said his “impression” after the interview with Simpson was “that the president should be concerned about issues of money laundering, of collusion and of obstruction of justice.” Said of now-discredited Steele dossier in March 2017: “Well, the dossier definitely seems right on these points. A quid pro quo relationship seems to exist between the Trump campaign and Putin’s Russia.” Involved in Imran Awan scandal over congressional IT security breach, computer theft, and bank fraud, 2016–2018. (In May 2018, Sen. Chuck Grassley accused Glenn Simpson of lying to Congress).

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees. Intelligence Committee interviewed over 100 witnesses and was plagued by investigation leaks and unauthorized contact with media. Sought leniency with federal judge for sentencing of James Wolfe, a top security aide convicted of lying to the FBI in a leak investigation. In 2018, revelations surfaced that a Feinstein staff chauffer for two decades was a Chinese spy. In May 2020, questioned by FBI in an insider trading investigation about husband, Richard Blum; Feinstein had received classified briefings on coronavirus spread before his sudden stock sales.

Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA). House Intelligence Committee. Spread Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories. Referring to President Trump in January 2019, said “We are full blown into Manchurian Candidate territory” and that there was “an avalanche of evidence that Trump’s campaign and the candidate himself were sympathetic to Russian positions and were open to working with Russian affiliates and representatives, and frankly communicated very directly with very powerful oligarchs and Russian figures close to Vladimir Putin.”

Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT). House Intelligence Committee. Criticized then-majority Republicans for ending hearings into alleged Trump-Russia collusion after failing to corroborate assertions in now-discredited Steele dossier. In April 2018 accused Republicans of using the committee as a “mechanism for the defense of the White House, the president, and his campaign.”

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA). House Judiciary Committee. Repeatedly defended integrity of the now-discredited Steele dossier on social media, such as encouraging his Twitter followers to read it (March 2018) and saying its conclusions were “damning” and it “has lots of truth” (December 2018). In 2019, attacked Attorney General William Barr’s criminal inquiry into the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion investigation (such as the impact of the Steele dossier) and potential violations of the law by federal law enforcement officials.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Senate Armed Services Committee. Key figure in distribution of now-discredited Steele dossier. Per December 2017 legal deposition, McCain associate David Kramer testified that McCain directed him to visit London and meet with British ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele in December 2016. Kramer obtained copies when returning to Washington, passing one to McCain who passed to FBI Director James Comey. In his 2018 memoir, McCain defended his handling of Steele dossier, writing, “Anyone who doesn’t like it can go to Hell.”

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Speaker of the House, previously Minority Leader. Spread Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories, to include allegations of Russian blackmail, saying on NBC News’s Meet the Press: “”I want to know what the Russians have on Donald Trump.” Built on Russia themes to launch partisan impeachment against President Trump in 2019.

Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL). House Intelligence Committee. Spread Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories on various media outlets. Said there were “clear examples of collusion and conspiracy” to a Chicago PBS affiliate (April 2019), “a public record of collusion” to MSNBC (March 2019), and “obvious evidence in plain sight and in previous court filings of collusion” to CNN (March 2019).

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV). Senate Democratic leader. In Aug. 2017, following a classified briefing by CIA Director John Brennan, sent letter to FBI Director James Comey accusing Trump campaign of colluding with Russia, noting “the evidence of a direct connection between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s campaign continues to mount.”

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). Chairman, House Intelligence Committee. Previously Ranking Member. A primary and aggressive promoter of Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories sourced to now-discredited Steele dossier. Made collusion allegations in hundreds of media interviews on CNN, MSNBC, and elsewhere. Said on CBS in March 2019 there was “direct” and “abundant circumstantial evidence” of collusion. Endorsed Steele’s credibility in March 2017 hearing. Told CNN that Steele was a “well respected former British, former MI6 officer,” and said Republicans should want to investigate Steele’s claims rather than discredit them (October 2017). Admitted the since-discredited Steele dossier was an important part of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant used to by FBI to conduct electronic surveillance on 2016 Trump campaign aide Carter Page (February 2018). Issued memo to entire membership of U.S. House (January 2018) defending FBI’s reliance on now-discredited Steele dossier when the FBI applied for FISA warrant on Page.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA). House Intelligence Committee. Spread Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories on various media outlets. Told CNN in February 2018 that “there is plenty of evidence to suggest that there has been money laundering going on in many of the real estate deals that were done by the Trump Organization” based on testimony she heard from Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson while Simpson defended the information in the now-discredited Steele dossier. Referencing a July 2017 committee she did not attend where 2016 Trump presidential campaign communications advisor Michael Caputo was a witness, accused Caputo of being Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “image consultant” and said Caputo “may have actually lied” during the appearance. Key figure in Imran Awan scandal over congressional IT security breach, computer theft, and bank fraud.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA). House Intelligence Committee. Aggressively pushed Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories based on now-discredited Steele dossier in media interviews on CNN, MSNBC, and elsewhere. Told MSNBC (January 2019) that he believed President Trump was a Russian agent: “I think all the arrows point in that direction, and I haven’t seen a single piece of evidence that he’s not.” Following August 2018 committee appearance by 2016 Trump Presidential campaign advisor Michael Caputo, Swalwell sent Caputo a threatening private message via Twitter late on a Saturday evening: “Nice to see you again. I hope you told the OSC [Office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller] the truth. They don’t [expletive deleted] around.”

Sen. Mark Warner (D-CA). Vice Chairman, Senate Intelligence Committee. Aggressively pushed Trump-Russia conspiracy theories. Said in March 2019 there was “enormous amounts of evidence” indicating Trump-Russia collusion. Involved in three-year set of Trump-Russia investigations when federal investigators knew within first year there was no evidence of collusion. Committee interviewed over 100 witnesses and was plagued by investigation leaks and unauthorized contact with media. Sought leniency with federal judge for sentencing of James Wolfe, a top security aide convicted of lying to the FBI in a leak investigation.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA). Chairwoman, House Financial Services Committee. Previously Ranking Member. Spread Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories based on information from now-discredited Steele dossier. In March 2017 on MSNBC, said of Steele dossier: “We already know about the part about the coverage they have on him with sex actions is supposed to be true.”

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). Senate Intelligence Committee. Spread Trump-Russia conspiracy theories, particularly related to the National Rifle Association, submitting a Senate report alleging the NRA was a “foreign asset” tied to Russia. Involved in three-year set of Trump-Russia investigations when federal investigators knew within first year there was no evidence of collusion. Committee interviewed over 100 witnesses and was plagued by investigation leaks and unauthorized contact with media.

James WolfeSenate Intelligence Committee, director of security. In December 2018, sentenced to two months in prison for lying to the FBI about contacts with reporters. Classified and sensitive investigation leaks about multiple Trump associates were passed to three female reporters with whom Wolfe was in contact. Includes his girlfriend of three years, then-26-year old New York Times reporter Ali Watkins. Wolfe, then-57, had denied knowing Watkins to investigators until they showed him a photograph of the two together.

Foreign Officials

Valeriy Chaly. Ukrainian ambassador to the U.S. In March 2016, met at Ukrainian Embassy with Democratic National Committee (DNC) contractor Alexandra Chalupa where Chalupa allegedly sought information on Ukraine business dealings of Trump campaign’s Paul Manafort. In August 2016, authored opinion column in The Hill, “Ukraine’s Ambassador: Trump’s Comments to the World Send Wrong Message,” noting they “stand in sharp contrast to the Republican party platform.”

Igor Danchenko. U.S.-based Russian national born in Ukraine identified in July 2020 through declassified FBI documents and related investigative news reports as Christopher Steele’s primary subsource for anti-Trump election dossier in 2016. Served as a research analyst for five years at the Brookings Institution, left-leaning think tank based in a Washington, DC. DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded that the review of the Danchenko three-day FBI interview in January 2017 “raised significant questions about the reliability of the Steele election reporting.” In his July 2020 analysis of the FBI interview notes, Eric Felton of RealClearInvestigations concluded: “From the FBI interviews it becomes clear that [Danchenko] and his friends peddled warmed-over rumors and laughable gossip that Steele dressed up as formal intelligence memos.”

Richard Dearlove. British ex-MI6 director. In April 2017, fueled conspiracy theories by declaring, “Trump borrowed money from Russia” during 2008 financial crisis. In December 2017 provided legitimacy to now-discredited Steele dossier in BBC interview, saying it “probably” had “some credibility.” In February 2014, Dearlove and Cambridge Professor Stefan Halper hosted dinner for then-Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, where Flynn met Russian graduate student Svetlana Lokhova. In May 2019, Lokhova filed $25 million lawsuit against Halper, Washington PostNew York TimesWall Street Journal and MSNBC for stories falsely alleging a relationship with Flynn.

Alexander DownerAustralian ambassador to the U.K. and former foreign minister. In May 2016, Downer met with Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos for drinks at Kensington Wine Rooms in London. Downer claims Papadopoulos told him the Russians might release some damaging information on Hillary Clinton, which Papadopoulos denies. Downer reported conversation to U.S. counterparts and Australian authorities, leading to FBI Counterintelligence Deputy Director Peter Strzok opening the Crossfire Hurricane investigation into the Trump campaign in July 2016.

Serhiy LeschenkoUkrainian member of parliament. Former editor-in-chief of Ukrayinska Pravda, an online newspaper. In August 2016, released Ukrainian “black ledger” alleging at least $1.2 million in 2007 and 2009 payments from Ukraine’s pro-Russia Party of Regions to firm owned by Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. New York Times story covering alleged payments resulted in Manafort’s immediate firing from Trump campaign.

Joseph MifsudLondon-based Maltese professor and former diplomat. In April 2016, allegedly told Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos in London that Russians had “thousands of e-mails” damaging to Hillary Clinton. In July 2019, during House Intelligence Committee hearing with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Republicans described Mifsud’s extensive contacts with Western governments and the FBI, despite James Comey publicly labeling him a “Russian agent.” Although Mueller Report doesn’t support Comey claim, it does indicate Mifsud lied to FBI three times, yet he was never charged, and his whereabouts remain unknown.

Christopher SteeleBritish ex-MI6 agent. Hired by Fusion GPS to research Trump links to Russia, funded by Clinton campaign and DNC via Perkins Coie law firm. The now-discredited Steele dossier claimed vast conspiracy between Trump campaign and Russia, leading to improper federal law enforcement surveillance and investigations into presidential campaign. Largely sourced by Russian disinformation and ultimately debunked, Steele’s 35-pages of memos led to waves of prosecutions and public defamation against Trump associates. In August 2018, FBI released documents showing Steele was a paid informant for unknown period. Steele has faced multiple libel lawsuits since 2017.

Activists

Max Bergmann. Senior fellow, Center for American Progress (CAP) and director of The Moscow Project, a CAP Action Fund program that is one of the major activist groups advancing Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories. The CAP Action Fund reported $9 million in revenues in 2017. Former Obama administration State Department official, including speechwriter to Secretary of State John Kerry.

Richard Blum. Billionaire investment banker and spouse of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). In 2019, donated $100,000–$499,000 to Center for American Project Action Fund, which operates The Moscow Project, a CAP Action Fund program that is one of the major activist groups advancing Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories. In 2020, investigated by the FBI for stock trades prior to the coronavirus pandemic global spread since his wife was receiving classified briefings at the time.

Diana Denman. Texas-based Republican activist. Delegate to 2016 RNC National Convention. Proposed amendment to draft GOP platform for providing Ukraine with “lethal defensive weapons.” Washington Post opinion column by Josh Rogin—based on interviews with Denman and GOP delegate Rachel Hoff claiming Trump campaign “changed the GOP Platform”— became a central theme in Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories. (Similarly, President Obama had also opposed sending lethal aide to Ukraine.) During House Intelligence Committee testimony in 2017 released in May 2020, Denman stated that despite her rejected language the final GOP platform retained strong position against Russian interference in Ukraine.

George Conway. Spouse of Trump White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway. Known for anti-Trump activismCo-founder of the Lincoln Project, self-described Never Trump political figures with mission statement to “Defeat President Trump and Trumpism at the Ballot Box.” Stated in April 2019 that President Trump’s reaction to Mueller special counsel probe into alleged collusion was “worse than the misconduct that led to Nixon’s resignation.”

Evelyn Farkas. Former Pentagon official during Obama administrationBoard member of Committee to Investigate Russia, a now defunct activist organization founded in 2017 by left-leaning Hollywood actor Rob Reiner to promote Trump-Russia collusion theories. House Intelligence Committee testimony from 2017 released in May 2020 show Farkas was unaware of any evidence showing Trump-Russia collusion despite suggesting otherwise during interviews on MSNBC.

Ryan Goodman. Co-founder, Just Security. NYU law professor. Former Obama administration Pentagon Official. Leads organization which aggressively pushes Trump-Russia conspiracy theories, to include questioning if President Trump is a Russian agent. Featured writers include left-leaning pundits, law professors, and ex-Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissman. Board includes Jake Sullivan, senior policy advisor to 2016 Clinton campaign.

Michael HaydenFormer CIA and NSA director, Obama and George W. Bush administrations. Retired Air Force General. Board member of Committee to Investigate Russia, a now defunct activist organization founded in 2017 by left-leaning Hollywood actor Rob Reiner to promote Trump-Russia collusion theories. Days before November 2016 election, authored opinion column in The Washington Post under the title “Trump Is Russia’s Useful Fool.”

Susan Hennessey. Senior fellow, Brookings Institution. Co-founder and executive editor of the Lawfare Blog. In 2017 Politico identified the the Lawfare Blog as “the one-stop shop for making legal sense of the Trump era.” Co-authored a July 2016 analysis at the Lawfare Blog purporting to be a “legal analysis” of whether Trump was a “Russian agent,” with the conclusion that the then-GOP presidential candidate was merely a “useful idiot” of the Russians. Written about virtually every aspect of Trump-Russia investigations, related prosecutions, breaking news developments and leaks.

Rachel Hoff. Republican LGBT activist. Former staffer to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). First witness interviewed by Special Counsel team, May 2017. Delegate to 2016 RNC National Convention. Proposed amendment to draft GOP platform for providing Ukraine with “lethal defensive weapons.” Washington Post opinion column by Josh Rogin—based on interviews with Hoff and GOP Delegate Diana Denman claiming Trump campaign “changed the GOP Platform”—became a central theme in Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories. (Similarly, President Obama had also opposed sending lethal aide to Ukraine). During House Intelligence Committee testimony in 2017 released in May 2020, Denman stated that despite her rejected language the final GOP platform retained strong position against Russian interference in Ukraine. In 2009, Hoff was convicted of voter fraud in South Dakota.

Jeh Johnson. Former Obama administration Secretary of Homeland Security and Department of Defense General Counsel. Board member of Committee to Investigate Russia, a now defunct activist organization founded in 2017 by left-leaning Hollywood actor Rob Reiner to promote Trump-Russia collusion theories. While at Pentagon, classified 2009 Ft. Hood mass shooting by radical Islamist Army Major Nidal Hassan as “workplace violence.”

Dan Jones. Researcher and former FBI intelligence analyst. Former staffer to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Democratic staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Leads the Democracy Integrity Project, an advocacy group with work product based heavily on research and information generated by individuals and organizations behind the now-discredited Steele dossier of unsubstantiated attacks on President Donald Trump. President of the Penn Quarter Group, an opposition research firm; reportedly told FBI in 2017 that Penn Quarter had secured $50 million from “wealthy donors” to hire Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS to continue investigation into alleged Trump-Russia collusion. 2017 tax filings show Democracy Integrity Project paid $3.3 million to Bean, LLC, parent company of Fusion GPS.

David KramerSenior fellow, McCain Institute. Former staffer to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Assistant Secretary of State during George W. Bush administration. Conducted opposition research against Donald Trump that included meeting with British ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele in London during 2016 and obtaining copy of the now-discredited Steele dossier. Kramer admitted to leaking dossier information to the Wall Street JournalWashington Post, CNN, NPR, McClatchy and BuzzFeed (the later published the unsubstantiated and later discredited allegations in January 2017).

Bill Kristol. Former Chief of Staff to Vice President Dan Quayle. Former Foreign Policy Advisor to McCain 2008 presidential campaign. Promotes “Never Trump” activism as editor-at-large of The Bulwark. Began calling for investigation of “Trump’s links to Putin” in July 2016, five months before Trump was elected. He is the chair of the stridently anti-Trump Defending Democracy Together (DDT) a leader of the related DDT Action Fund.

Leon Panetta. Former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director in Obama Administration. Former White House Chief of Staff in Clinton administration. In August 2018, said Trump’s behavior shows “clear signal that the Russians have something on him.” Board member of Committee to Investigate Russia, a now defunct activist organization founded in 2017 by left-leaning Hollywood actor Rob Reiner to promote Trump-Russia collusion theories.

Rob ReinerCo-founder and board member of Committee to Investigate Russia, a now defunct activist organization founded in 2017 to promote Trump-Russia collusion theories. Left-leaning Hollywood celebrity best known for playing Michael Stivic, a.k.a. “Meathead” on 1970s sitcom, All in the Family. In a June 29, 2020, statement on Twitter accused Trump of having “colluded with Russia to steal an election.”

Daniel Richman. FBI special employee. Former federal prosecutor, Southern District of NY. Law professor, Columbia University. In June 2017 Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, confirmed that fired FBI Director James Comey used him as intermediary with NY Times to leak release of Comey official memos detailing private conversations with Pres. Trump and generate appointment of Special Counsel.

Jacki Schechner. Editor-in-chief of Committee to Investigate Russia, a now defunct activist organization founded in 2017 by left-leaning Hollywood actor Rob Reiner to promote Trump-Russia collusion theories. Former reporter with Al Gore’s now defunct Current TV.

George SorosHedge fund billionaire and major financier of left-leaning political organizations and social causes. Since 1980s, donated $32 billion to his philanthropy, Open Society Foundations. Hungarian-born American citizen, author and activist. In 2019, Open Society Policy Center donated in the range of $500,000–$999,000 to the Center for American Progress Action Fund which operates The Moscow Project. The Moscow Project one of the major activist groups advancing Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories. (The CAP Action Fund reported $9 million in revenues in 2017).

Neera Tanden. President, Center for American Progress (CAP). Aide to four Democratic presidential campaigns and a long-time confidante of Bill and Hillary Clinton. The Center for American Progress Action Fund operates The Moscow Project, one of the major activist groups advancing Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories. (The CAP Action Fund reported $9 million in revenues in 2017).

Rick WilsonFlorida-based Republican consultant. Never Trump activist. Co-founder of The Lincoln Project, self-described Never Trump political figures with mission statement to “Defeat President Trump and Trumpism at the Ballot Box.” In December 2019, wrote Rolling Stone opinion column accusing President Trump of “grotesque subservience to the Russian leader who helped elect him” and denouncing Trump supporters as “traitors” who “repeat the Kremlin-approved propaganda messages.” , Wilson resurrected an eight-year-old Twitter post from White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany in which the then-24-year-old woman praised Domino’s Pizza and received a swiftly favorable reply from the company. Wilson belatedly replied (in June 2020) to the November 2012 exchange, telling Domino’s it had “killed” its brand and added the “Everything Trump Touches Dies” hashtag. Domino’s replied: “Welp. It’s unfortunate that thanking a customer for a compliment back in 2012 would be viewed as political. Guess that’s 2020 for ya.”

Clint WattsSenior fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute. Former FBI agent, counterterrorism analyst. Frequent congressional witness on terrorism and intelligence issues. MSNBC analyst. Accused Republicans who support America First agenda as Russian pawns since Moscow benefits. Criticized House Judiciary Committee hearing with fired FBI agent Peter Strzok in July 2018 regarding Trump-Russia origins as “Investigation Theater” that also helps Russia.

Ben Wittes. Senior fellow, Brookings Institution. Co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Lawfare Blog. Former Washington Post editorial writer. Friend of James Comey. In 2017 Politico named him “the man behind what’s become the one-stop shop for making legal sense of the Trump era.” Written and/or spoke about virtually every aspect of Trump-Russia investigations, related prosecutions, breaking news developments and leaks. In November 2016, within two weeks of Trump winning the presidency, called the president-elect “among the major threats to the security of the country” and said that his coverage of Trump would not be similar to past presidents: “So in a way I never did with George W. Bush or Barack Obama or Bill Clinton—the other presidents I have covered as a journalist or analyst—I will write about the actions of the Trump presidency with the working assumption that our nation must be protected both by and from the president” [emphasis original]. Co-authored a July 2016 analysis at the Lawfare Blog purporting to be a “legal analysis” of whether Trump was a “Russian agent,” with the conclusion that the then-GOP presidential candidate was merely a “useful idiot” of the Russians. Both the July and November blog posts were sent out to FBI investigators as the FBI and Department of Justice were debating whether it was appropriate to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant for Trump campaign aide Carter Page. In a 2015 Twitter exchange, Wittes challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin to a fight and later in a blog post reiterated he was “serious” and that “Putin needs to man up and meet me in single combat in a location where he can’t have me arrested.” Claimed in May 2020 blog that it was Trump and his supporters who were “obsessed” with the Russia investigation.

Editor’s Note

This archive of “bios” of more than 200 of the most prominent people who kept the Trump-Russia collusion hoax alive, along with examples of their contributions, was carefully researched and documented by CRC researchers.

The bios will be posted in batches. Hyperlinks in the table of contents and index will become active as each batch is added. We will continue to update and expand the archive as circumstances dictate.

For a more detailed introduction to the archive, see “Introducing the Trump-Russia Collusion Hoax Archive.”

Please send any corrections and updates should be sent to contact@capitalresearch.org.

Major Updates

October 13, 2020: Added “DNC and Clinton Associates” and “Foreign Officials” sections.

September 20, 2021: Updated the entry for Michael Sussmann to include his indictment for lying to the FBI.

September 25, 2021: Fixed broken internal links, mostly in the table of contents.

Russiagate Hoax Timeline

November 20, 2021 FBI used Sergei Millian to illegally entrap the Trump campaign
November 18, 2021 Durham Investigation Intrigue: Sergei Millian, an FBI Plant?
November 18, 2021 Hillary Clinton Taunts Steve Bannon Because She ''Never Has Been Indicted for Anything''
November 16, 2021 A Curiously Random Coincidence Keeps Repeating
November 16, 2021 The Big Russian Collusion Coverup Must End With John Durham's Report
November 16, 2021 Anticipating More Indictments in the Trump-Russia Hoax
November 16, 2021 Chuck Todd turns the screws on Adam Schif...
November 15, 2021 Washington Post's Revisionism Should Be Just the Beginning of Media Shaming Over the Steele Dossier
November 15, 2021 Durham Indicts Danchenko
November 15, 2021   After Steele source indictment, will Durham charge FBI agents?
November 15, 2021 Kash Patel tells Maria Bartiromo where Durham is going...
November 15, 2021 REVEALED: Rep. Adam Schiff Met With Former Chairman Of Chinese Communist Party's Foreign Influence Operations
November 15, 2021 Trump Was Right: Secret Tapes Released by Omarosa from the White House that Were Scoffed At in 2018 Show President Trump Knew Hillary Paid Millions for Her Russia Collusion Hoax
November 15, 2021 Schiff shamelessly defends touting now-discredited 'Steele dossier'
November 14, 2021 Why The Left Always Projects
November 14, 2021 Kash Patel: In Durham Investigation, All Roads Lead To FBI's Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok
November 14, 2021 The crumbling of the Steele dossier
November 14, 2021 Trump Dossier Coverage 'One of the Most Egregious Journalistic Errors' in History, Admits Corporate Media
November 14, 2021 Washington Post's Wemple Demands that CNN Retract Claim Steele Dossier Was Corroborated
November 14, 2021 The media's epic fail
November 14, 2021 Kash Patel: ''These Merchants of Menace Are Finally Coming to Light - All Roads Lead to Andrew McCabe''
November 14, 2021 They All Knew It Was a Lie: Photo Released of John Brennan Telling Obama About Hillary's Efforts to Paint Trump as Russian Operative
November 14, 2021 Serial Liar Adam Schiff Says He Doesn't Regret Pushing Fake, Hillary-Funded Steele Dossier
November 14, 2021 Latest Indictment Reveals Dirty Rod Rosenstein, FBI, DOJ Lied and Withheld Information from GOP House Investigators on Junk Russia Dossier
November 14, 2021 Russia hoax was the journalism version of check kiting
November 13, 2021 Andrew Sullivan: The media keeps getting things wrong and all the errors are in the same direction
November 13, 2021 Investigator who helped unravel Russia case says next mission is forcing media corrections
November 13, 2021 Soros Used Ukraine to Attack Trump, Protect Hunter Biden and Hillary, Probe Finds
November 13, 2021 The Never Trumper Russian Collusion Betrayal
November 12, 2021 WaPo walkback: Paper yanks chunks of stories based on discredited Steele dossier
November 12, 2021 'Long Overdue': Washington Post Corrects Articles About Steele Dossier
November 12, 2021 Byron York's Daily Memo: When Adam Schiff loved the dossier
November 12, 2021 Morgan Ortagus says Adam Schiff looked 'surprised' to face 'tough questions' on Steele dossier
November 12, 2021 Washington Post edits and adds editor's notes to at least a dozen Steele dossier stories
November 12, 2021 Washington Post edits and adds editor's notes to at least a dozen Steele dossier stories
November 12, 2021 Durham Exposes Clinton Connections Behind 'Steele Dossier' Smear
November 12, 2021 The Recent Dossier News Is the Ultimate 'I Told You So' Moment to Liberal America
November 12, 2021 The Rewriting of History Begins After Bombshell Steele Dossier Revelations
November 12, 2021 With All Eyes on Hillary in Russian Collusion Hoax, What About Obama?
November 12, 2021 WaPo journo says Fox News should be 'embarrassed' for this report about Biden (while his own paper retracts/corrects BS Steele dossier stories)
November 12, 2021 'It's ALL crashing down': Glenn Greenwald EMBARRASSES WaPo for 'essentially retracting' their entire #RussiaGate story
November 12, 2021 WaPo Issues Massive Correction About Steele Dossier, Says It Can Not Stand By The Accuracy Of Two Stories
November 12, 2021 Aaron Mate on Durham Probe, Russiagate: Clinton Campaign to Perkins Coie to Fusion GPS and CrowdStrike to the FBI
November 12, 2021 Danchenko Indictment: How Dossier Non-Source Sergei Millian Was Framed
November 12, 2021 Rep. Nunes says the Russia ''Hoax'' was a Narrative ''Paid for'' by Clinton Campaign
November 12, 2021 Why Special Counsel John Durham Subpoenaed The Brookings Institution
November 11, 2021 Schiff Trembles with Fear After Being Found Guilty of 'Spreading Disinformation' About Trump-Russia Collusion
November 11, 2021 Biden Advisor Named in Durham Indictment
November 11, 2021 These 8 Democrats fervently hyped the Steele dossier
November 11, 2021 The Igor Danchenko Indictment Reveals How the DOJ and FBI Used a Known Liar to Target Political Enemies
November 11, 2021 Hillary Clinton's Russian Helpers
November 10, 2021 Adam Schiff Gets Grilled on 'The View' for Promoting Bogus Steele Dossier
November 10, 2021 Danchenko Indictment: How Dossier Non-Source Sergei Millian Was Framed
November 10, 2021 What Did Obama Know and When Did He Know It?
November 10, 2021 John Durham's latest indictment doesn't penetrate the drive-by media bubble
November 9, 2021 Biden NatSec Advisor Jake Sullivan is ''Foreign Policy Advisor'' Referred to in Indictment of Hillary Clinton Campaign Lawyer Michael Sussmann
November 9, 2021 Amoral Sociopath Adam Schiff Gets Eviscerated For His Role in Promoting Steele Dossier
November 9, 2021 President Trump: 'Durham Probe Leads Back to Hillary - Big Things Are About To Happen'
November 9, 2021 Former Trump Official Scorches Schiff To His Face Over Peddling Misinformation, 'Your Credibility Is...'
November 9, 2021 Top Biden Official Caught Up In Durham Indictment, White House Paralyzed Trying To Explain Why
November 9, 2021 Gutfield questions why the media is not covering the Steele Dossier scandal and Hillary's ties to it
November 9, 2021 The Morning Brew: Biden Toots, Baldwin Wants More Cops (on the Set), and a Plea to W Over Russiagate
November 9, 2021 Flustered Adam Schiff Tries to Squirm Out of His Debunked Steele Dossier Comments
November 9, 2021 The Durham Probe Just Reached Into the Biden White House
November 9, 2021 Morgan Ortagus gives Adam Schiff just enough rope to hang himself over the Steele dossier before suddenly finishing him off with a mic drop
November 9, 2021 Jeryl Bier finds compelling evidence that Adam Schiff’s latest Steele dossier narrative is BS (with some help from Schiff, of course)
November 9, 2021 Biden's NatSec Adviser Jake Sullivan reportedly features in John Durham's indictment of former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann
November 9, 2021 Report: 'Foreign Policy Advisor' in Sussman Indictment Just Id'd as Big Name in Clinton-Biden World
November 9, 2021 Adam Schiff Withers When Pressed on the Steele Dossier, Mumbles Something About an 'Erection'
November 9, 2021 Anatomy of a media hit job - how press pushed Clinton's lies against Trump
November 9, 2021 'Foreign Policy Advisor' In Sussmann Indictment Is Biden Adviser Jake Sullivan: REPORT
November 9, 2021 Former Trump Official Morgan Ortagus Confronts Adam Schiff On 'The View' Over His Promotion Of Steele Dossier
November 9, 2021 'Inciting An Erection': Adam Schiff Quickly Corrects His Freudian Slip In Front Of 'The View' Hosts
November 9, 2021 Greenwald: Media Now Trying To Claim Four Years Of Russiagate And Mueller Weren't Based On ''Demented'' Steele Dossier
November 9, 2021 Adam Schiff: None Of Trump's Misconduct Is Diminished By The Fact That Someone Lied To Christopher Steele
November 8, 2021 The Russia Lie... And How We Told You So
November 8, 2021 Solomon: Durham's Indictments Show Hillary 'Was In Up to Her Neck'
November 8, 2021 Steele Melting: Why Durham's Latest Indictment Matters
November 8, 2021 Danchenko Arrest Exposes the Clinton-Russia Conspiracy
November 8, 2021 Trump praises indictments brought by special prosecutor that will 'only get deeper' into the Russia probe and 'all point back to the Democrats, Hillary and dirty lawyers'
November 8, 2021 John Durham Is Getting Close to the Jugular
November 8, 2021 Yes, This Is A Coup
November 8, 2021 Georgia Tech researcher discussed using 'bag of tricks' to prove Trump-Russia collusion: indictment
November 8, 2021 Russiagate has no rock bottom The indictment of the Steele dossier's key source newly humiliates the Clinton campaign, FBI, and US media
November 8, 2021 Former DNI John Ratcliffe Turned Over 1,000 Documents to John Durham - Expects Many More Indictments
November 8, 2021 Durham to Target Rogue 'Deep State' FBI Agents Next
November 8, 2021 DNI Chief: 'Durham's Next Arrests Will Target Hillary Operatives'
November 7, 2021 Nobody at the FBI Was Fooled by Clinton Campaign's Private Operatives
November 7, 2021 Steele's Main 'Source' Busted by Durham - and Turns Out He Was Fed Info by Clinton Operative
November 7, 2021 What did the FBI have on Danchenko?
November 7, 2021 Steele's Main 'Source' Busted by Durham - and Turns Out He Was Fed Info by Clinton Operative
November 7, 2021 Hillary's Russian Dossier and Other Legal and Media Travesties
November 6, 2021 Washington Post notes that Durham probe indictment casts doubt on previous WaPo reports alleging Trump/Russia collusion
November 6, 2021 Why Durham's latest indictment paints the FBI as a victim of Democrat operatives
November 6, 2021 Our mostly complicit, compliant, sycophant press has no concern about facts, only Democrat power
November 6, 2021 New FBI Report Confirms Russiagate 'Was Complete Bullshit'
November 5, 2021 Durham's Indictment of Steele Dossier Source Directly Implicates Hillary Clinton
November 5, 2021 'They knew it was a lie!' Gov. Ron DeSantis LEVELS Big Media that pushed imploded 'Trump/Russia collusion' stories
November 5, 2021 EXCERPT: How Soros's Secret Network Used Ukraine to Cover for Hillary, Hunter, and Target Donald Trump
November 5, 2021 Disgraced FBI Agent Peter Strzok Appears On Maddow To Talk Trash On Durham Investigation
November 4, 2021 Primary sub-source of Trump dossier arrested and charged with five counts of making false statements to the FBI
November 4, 2021 Durham Arrests Christopher Steele's Top Dossier Source
November 4, 2021 Editor Daily Rundown: Durham Arrests Steele's Top Source And Biden Delays Vaccine Mandate For Larger Employers
November 4, 2021 Durham Arrests Steele's Top Source
November 4, 2021 John Durham On The Move
November 4, 2021 Arrest illustrates how the Steele dossier was a political dirty trick orchestrated by Hillary Clinton
November 4, 2021 Trump Vindicated: FBI Arrest Democrat Stooge Who Faked Trump-Russia Dossier
November 4, 2021 FBI Arrests Igor Danchenko, Analyst Who Contributed to Garbage Steele Dossier
November 2, 2021 Clinton Campaign Spread Alfa Bank Ruse Throughout Obama Admin to Press Trump-Russia Probe
October 31, 2021 Adam Schiff Now Admits to Mueller's Obvious Dementia, Says It Was ''Heartbreaking'' to Witness Robert Mueller's Mental State During 2019 Testimony

10-29-2021 Never Forget - The Origin of the Plot to ''Slaughter'' Donald Trump with Russia
10-28-2021 Terry McAuliffe Hires Marc Elias - The Man Behind Steele Dossier and Nearly Every Democrat 2020 Election Lawsuit
10-26-2021 Durham to Call James Baker to Testify in Case of Former Clinton Campaign Lawyer Michael Sussmann
10-19-2021 FBI Raids Home of Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska This Morning in DC - He's Connected to the Steele Dossier
10-12-2021 The "17 Intelligence Community Agencies" Canard on Russian Interference
10-4-2021 Are the Russia hoax's 'big fish' finally in John Durham's crosshairs?
9-27-2021 Russell Brand: Hillary's Trump-Russia Story Was the Biggest Political Hoax of Our Lifetime
9-26-2021 Maria Bartiromo Brings Up Creepy John Podesta Today Noting the Clintons Had More to Do with Russia than the Trumps Ever Did
9-26-2021 Rep. Devin Nunes: "We've Made 14 Criminal Referrals - We Expect Durham to Do His Job"
9-26-2021 "How Would You Like to Have Her as Your Wife?" President Trump on Crooked Hillary Clinton
9-26-2021 Flashback April 2019: Bogus Trump-Russia Alfa Bank Connections Were Created By Hillary Supporter, Working with Fusion GPS - And Pushed By Crooked Hillary!
9-25-2021 Jake Sullivan repeatedly promoted Alfa Bank story at the center of Durham indictment
9-24-2021 5 False Narratives About The Spygate Indictment Of Michael Sussmann
9-24-2021 Hillary Clinton Should Apologize for the Biggest Political Hoax Since Titus Oates
9-24-2021 It Gets Worse: Look Who Worked Together to Frame Donald Trump With Fake Russia Hoax
9-24-2021 Effort to spread discredited Russia collusion theory welcomed by McCain Senate panel, memos show
9-23-2021 Indictment of Campaign Lawyer Demonstrates How Hillary Clinton Is The Most Systemically Manipulative Politician Of Our Lifetime
9-23-2021 The 800lb Gorilla in The Durham Investigation Background
9-23-2021 Did Jake Sullivan commit perjury? Emails reveal 'lie' on Trump
9-23-2021 Durham's Detailed Indictment Tells Us Much More
9-22-2021 How Russiagate Became a Story of Old Friends in High Places
9-22-2021 Confirmed: The Obama DOJ Went Rogue to Spy on an Ex-Trump Campaign Official
9-22-2021 Latest Durham Indictment May Make Russiagate the Most Corrupt Scandal in U.S. History
9-22-2021 Durham's Probe Suggests Biggest Political Hoax in History
9-22-2021 Sidney Powell: The Court Has Given Us A 'Two-Hour Deposition' Of Dominion's Eric Coomer
9-22-2021 Russiagate, More Like Watergate
9-22-2021 Sen. Johnson presses FBI's Wray on indicted lawyer's Clinton ties
9-20-2021 Durham preparing 'very well-laid out' conspiracy charge, 'Russiagate' inquirer says
9-20-2021 Gordon: Durham Indictment In Russiagate Could Lead To Jake Sullivan
9-20-2021 Clinton team created 'Russiagate' and other commentary
9-20-2021 Dem plot to 'Steele' the White House: Anatomy of a political dirty trick
9-19-2021 Dirty Deeds Done Not Cheap - Perkins Coie reaches the end of its string
9-19-2021 Eric Trump says Durham indictment revealed Clinton bankroll of Alfa Bank dirt
9-19-2021 Eric Trump: We Didn't Know Until 2 Days Ago Hillary Clinton Funded the Alfa Bank Mainstream Media Scam
9-18-2021 Clinton Lawyer Faces Five Years in Prison for Lying to FBI About Trump-Russia Hoax
9-18-2021 The Atlantic's Franklin Foer Allegedly Identified as ''4Reporter-2'' in the Sussmann Indictment
9-18-2021 Sussmann's Indictment Also Previews the Clinton Foundation Conspiracy Against Trump
9-18-2021 Sussmann Case Shows Far-Left Slate Journalist Was Tool for the Democrats and Hillary in Pushing Garbage Trump-Russia Hit Piece
9-18-2021 Clinton Lawyer Faces Five Years in Prison for Lying to FBI About Trump-Russia Hoax
9-18-2021 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks'
9-17-2021 'Clinton indictment' blows Russia collusion conspiracy wide open, top GOP investigator says
9-17-2021 FISA Court Confirms The Government Lied In Every Spy Warrant Application Against Carter Page
9-17-2021 Despite President Trump's Orders, His White House Attorney Pat Cipollone Refused to Release Documents Showing DOJ and FBI Misconduct in the Russia Collusion Sham
9-17-2021 Government's Spying on Candidate Trump in the DOJ's Crossfire Hurricane Started Same Day Clinton Lawyers, Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele Met at Law Firm Perkins Coie
9-17-2021 Indictment Shows that John Durham Is Going After More People than Michael Sussmann
9-17-2021 Michael Sussmann indicted, pleads not guilty in alleged FBI lie
9-17-2021 Durham's indictment of Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann offers hope that bigger fish may be reeled in
9-17-2021 Scalise reacts to Clinton attorney being indicted ''There it is. It's clear: Democrats and their partners in the media perpetrated a massive misinformation campaign.''
9-17-2021 Lawyer Who Represented Clinton Campaign Indicted by Grand Jury
9-17-2021 Grand jury indicts Michael Sussmann in Russia origins probe for lying to FBI while representing Hillary Clinton Campaign
9-16-2021 Durham indicts Democrat lawyer for making false statement when he fed Russia dirt to FBI
9-16-2021 New Durham indictment exposes second leg of Hillary Clinton's Russia collusion dirty trick
9-16-2021 Flashback: Hillary Clinton Was First to Promote Bogus Russian Alfa Bank Story - And Today Her Campaign Lawyer Got Indicted
9-16-2021 Hillary Clinton-Linked Perkins Coie Lawyer Sussmann Indicted of Lying But His Other Potential Lie Involving Jim Comey Is Still Not Addressed
9-16-2021 Durham Indictment Is in and It's Big After All
9-16-2021 Fresh proof the Russiagate scandal was created by the Hillary Clinton campaign
9-16-2021 Media, the unindicted co-conspirators
8-2-2021 Hillary Clinton's old campaign law firm uses China excuse to avoid Carter Page lawsuit
7-23-2021 CNN Interviewee - Who Demanded Trump Impeachment - Registers as Lobbyist For China's Huawei
6-30-2021 FBI lawyer who lied to judge on FISA warrant will be able to practice law again in August after zero jail time
5-10-2021 Hillary Clinton Claims Russian Interference In 2016 Election Is Now ''Beyond A Doubt''
5-10-2021 Susan Hennessey, RussiaGate crank, lands job at DOJ
5-8-2021 The Real 'Big Lie'
3-16-2021 Perkins Coie in the Dock - Appeal court sanctions the Democratic Party's elections-law firm for lack of candor
2-27-2021 Trump White House received declassification wish list, ex-investigator says
2-10-2021 Why the Left Will Never Let Go of the Russia Collusion Hoax
1-19-2021 RUSSIA FOREVER! Hillary & Nancy Claim Trump Took Orders From Putin to Allow Capitol Riot
12-16-2020 Declassified John Brennan CIA Notes Proves 'RUSSIA' Was Political Hoax: 'We Must VILIFY Trump'
11-24-2020 Biden's NSA Pick Tied To Clinton's Email Scandal & The Russia Hoax
10-10-2020 The latest revelations show Team Obama invented the whole RussiaGate scandal
10-10-2020 The Pelosi's Invested $1 Million in CrowdStrike - Same Tech Company That Launched #Russiagate
10-8-2020 Hillary Clinton's 'Russia Hoax' Was One Of The Dirtiest Political Tricks Ever: Gregg Jarrett
10-8-2020 Russia Probe Documents Could Prove Hillary Clinton Committed Felony
10-7-2020 Trump Authorizes Total Declassification Of All Documents Related To Russiagate & Clinton Email Scandal
10-7-2020 ''A Means Of Distracting The Public'': Brennan Briefed Obama On Clinton ''Plan'' To Tie Trump To Russia
10-6-2020 Spy chief releases docs on claim Hillary Clinton cooked up Russia scandal
10-1-2020 What Rings Comey's Bell: The Former FBI Director's Casual Testimony Confirms the Worst About His Tenure
9-30-2020 Hillary Clinton Manufactured Russia Collusion to Destroy Trump, Obama Docs Show
9-30-2020 Hillary Clinton Accused Of Approving Plan To Smear Trump With Russia Accusations & Distract From Her Own Scandals
9-30-2020 Comey: Claim Hillary Clinton plotted Russia scandal 'doesn't ring a bell'
9-29-2020 CIA told Obama of claim Hillary Clinton conjured Trump-Russia scandal: spy chief
9-25-2020 At last, FBI's reckless bungling of Russia probe exposed
9-24-2020 Steele dossier's main source was investigated by FBI as 'threat to national security'
9-17-2020 FISA Court Confirms The Government Lied In Every Spy Warrant Application Against Carter Page
9-17-2020 James Comey to testify about misconduct in Russia probe, Lindsey Graham says
9-11-2020 Members of Mueller's team 'wiped' phones during Trump probe: DOJ
9-11-2020 DOJ Records Show Mueller Goons ‘Accidentally Wiped’ 31 Phones Used in Russia Probe
9-10-2020 Adam Schiff Slithers Out of the Shadow, Announces 'New Whistleblower Complaint' on Russian Election Meddling
8-19-2020 Ex-FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith pleads guilty to falsifying documents in Russia probe
8-14-2020 Ex-FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith will plead guilty to falsifying Russia probe doc
7-30-2020 GOP senators escalate Russia hunt by seeking records on top Steele dossier source, Brookings, and CIA
7-20-2020 Media told America FBI had proof of collusion as bureau was realizing it had nothing
7-18-2020 New FBI documents show early lack of evidence for Trump-Russia claims
7-8-2020 British Court Rules Against Christopher Steele In Dossier Lawsuit, Orders Ex-Spy To Pay Russian Bankers
7-8-2020 British Court Finds Christopher Steele Lied About Parts of the Dossier
6-29-2020 Nasty Nancy Revives Russia Hoax; Says Russians Must Have Something on Trump
6-24-2020 Joe Biden may have 'personally raised' idea to investigate Michael Flynn
6-22-2020 Devin Nunes: 'We're up to somewhere around 14 criminal referrals' to Justice Department
5-11-2020 It looks like President Obama ordered up phony RussiaGate scandal
5-11-2020 Obama's top brass contradict public statements about 'collusion' under oath
5-10-2020 Obama meeting could be behind corrupt Michael Flynn probe
5-10-2020 Flynn's lawyer accuses Obama of framing the ex-national security adviser
5-9-2020 Piecing together the phony case against Michael Flynn: Goodwin
5-8-2020 Joe Biden Was In Oval Office SpyGate Meeting: Now the Trump Campaign Has One Question for Him
5-8-2020 Levin on Obama's Smoking Gun Flynn Meeting: 'This is Obama's Blue Dress'
5-8-2020 Obama knew details of Michael Flynn's wiretapped calls: docs
5-8-2020 Either Comey or DNC Attorney Sussmann Lied Under Oath about Access to DNC Servers
5-8-2020 Adam Schiff lied about the Trump investigation - and the media let him
5-7-2020 Trump calls Michael Flynn prosecution 'treason' done by 'human scum'
5-7-2020 FBI lovebirds Lisa Page, Peter Strzok conspired in Michael Flynn case: docs
5-7-2020 FBI, Comey stalled push to notify Trump camp of Michael Flynn probe, docs show
4-27-2020 Dossier Author Christopher Steele Had Previously Undisclosed Meetings With Lawyers For DNC, Clinton Campaign
4-23-2020 Dossier Author Testified His Emails Were 'Wiped,' He No Longer Has Documents Related To Primary Source
1-23-2020 BREAKING: Spy Court Admits FISA Warrants Against Carter Page Were 'Not Valid'
12-17-2019 FISA Court rips FBI over lack of candor in Trump campaign eavesdropping
12-17-2019 FISA Court: Carter Page 'Misconduct... Calls Into Question' Every Warrant FBI Ever Asked For
12-11-2019 Horowitz offers troubling picture of FBI's Trump campaign probe
12-10-2019 Christopher Steele 'Meticulously' Recorded Source Who Disavowed Dossier Claims, Lawyers Say
12-9-2019 DOJ inspector general finds 17 'significant errors or omissions' in Carter Page FISA applications
12-9-2019 DOJ Watchdog Puts Final Nail In Steele Dossier's Coffin
4-11-2019 6 Criminal Referrals The DOJ Is Ignoring Because The Perpetrators Are Anti-Trump
4-7-2019 Nunes sending eight criminal referrals to Attorney General William Barr
4-1-2019 Bogus Trump-Russia Alfa Bank Connections Were Created By Hillary Supporter, Working with Fusion GPS - And Pushed by Crooked Hillary!
2-21-2019 Andrew McCabe still under investigation by federal prosecutors
1-20-2019 Russian Hooker Admits She Made Up Trump-Russia Collusion So Mueller Would Spring Her from Jail
12-22-2018 John Huber, Justice Dept. Sheriff Who Never Quite Rode Into Town
10-8-2018 Was There a Connection Between a Russian Bank and the Trump Campaign? (New Yorker Article Later Proven False)
9-21-2018 Rod Rosenstein Suggested Secretly Recording Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment
8-6-2018 Tom Fitton: At Least 11 FBI Payments went to Steele
7-18-2018 Rand Paul: Only Person Who Colluded With Russia Was Hillary Clinton
6-14-2018 Texts reveal disgraced FBI agent told lover "we'll stop" Trump
5-14-2018 Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska Visited by Three FBI Agents Pitching 'Trump-Russia Collusion' Weeks Before 2016 Election
5-5-2018 Lisa Page, FBI agent who bashed Trump in texts, resigns
4-19-2018 Justice Department IG Refers Andrew McCabe To U.S. Attorney For Possible Criminal Charges
4-18-2018 Is the DOJ Obstructing Congress in the Trump Surveillance Case?
12-12-2017 FBI agent kicked off Mueller probe called Trump an 'idiot' and a 'douche'
12-5-2017 Feds eye anti-Trump FBI agent over shady moves in Hillary email probe
12-4-2017 FBI agent kicked off Mueller probe changed language in Comey's Clinton memo
12-4-2017 Top Clinton Aides Face No Charges After Making False Statements To FBI
12-2-2017 FBI fires agent from Mueller probe over anti-Trump texts
10-26-2017 In Hill interviews, top Dems denied knowledge of payments to firm behind Trump dossier
10-24-2017 BOMBSHELL REPORT: Clinton Campaign And DNC Funded Trump Dossier
10-24-2017 Clinton campaign, DNC helped fund infamous Trump dossier
10-24-2017 FLASHBACK: Lawyer Linked To Dossier Cried About 'Secret Russian' Connection
10-24-2017 Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier
10-24-2017 NYT Reporter: Clinton Campaign Lawyer Marc Elias 'Vigorously' Denied Being Behind Dossier
8-24-2017 The Search For Fusion GPS' Mysterious Republican Client
8-23-2017 Byron York: Republicans skeptical about origin of Trump dossier
8-22-2017 Fusion GPS Founder Refuses To Identify Dossier Clients In Marathon Senate Session
5-9-2017 Sally Yates was the real blackmailer
5-9-2017 F.B.I. Clarifies Comey's Testimony on Clinton Emails
5-9-2017 F.B.I. Director James Comey Is Fired by Trump
5-8-2017 Trump questions whether Yates leaked classified info to press
5-8-2017 Sally Yates Tells Senators She Warned Trump About Michael Flynn
4-22-2017 Comey Tried to Shield the F.B.I. From Politics. Then He Shaped an Election.
4-3-2017 Susan Rice tried to 'unmask' Trump associates in intelligence reports
2-13-2017 Michael Flynn Resigns as National Security Adviser
1-30-2017 Trump fires acting AG for defying immigration ban
1-30-2017 Trump Fires Acting Attorney General Who Defied Him
1-30-2017 Acting AG advises Justice Department not to defend Trump's ban
10-31-2016 Investigating Donald Trump, F.B.I. Sees No Clear Link to Russia
9-29-2016 Congressman: Cheryl Mills 'Lied To Everybody' About Hillary's Server
9-4-2016 Clinton Aides Told FBI They Didn't Know About Server, But Emails Suggest Otherwise