JRL NEWSWATCH: “What Mueller Won’t Say: Did he investigate the Steele dossier? If not, he didn’t really investigate.” – Wall Street Journal/ Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.

Robert Mueller file photo, adapted from image at fbi.gov

“… the exact words of Attorney General William Barr: ‘The Special Counsel and his staff thoroughly investigated allegations that members of the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump … conspired with the Russian government in its efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.’ How is it possible to investigate these ‘allegations’ without holding the Steele dossier, the only real evidence ever offered by those accusing … Trump[] up to the light? FBI Headquarters Building file photo … Who really wrote it? Were there any Russian sources at all? … How did [Christopher] Steele, a foreign national secretly promoting wholly unsubstantiated claims from anonymous alleged foreign sources, manage to so scandalize and disrupt our politics for two years with fabricated accusations? Our intelligence community is not interested in this question because the answers would embarrass and likely incriminate its own members. Unless … Mueller’s report includes a lengthy section showing he made full use of his powers to get to the bottom of the Steele dossier, it will be worse than a coverup. On the contrary: The Mueller investigation’s very existence is itself a triumph of those who promoted the dossier. The whole episode remains a how-to for the next campaign that wants to exploit politicized law-enforcement agencies and a compliant media to give fabricated slanders an aura of legitimacy.”

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