Wednesday, January 03, 2018
A generation ago, Republicans sought to protect President Richard Nixon by urging the Senate Watergate committee to look at supposed wrongdoing by Democrats in previous elections.
The committee chairman, Sam Ervin, a Democrat, said that would be "as foolish as the man who went bear hunting and stopped to chase rabbits."
Today, amid a growing criminal inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, congressional Republicans are again chasing rabbits.
We know because we're their favorite quarry.
In the year since the publication of the so-called Steele dossier -- the collection of intelligence reports we commissioned about Donald Trump's ties to Russia -- the president has repeatedly attacked us on Twitter.
His allies in Congress have dug through our bank records and sought to tarnish our firm to punish us for highlighting his links to Russia.
Conservative news outlets and even our former employer, The Wall Street Journal, have spun a succession of mendacious conspiracy theories about our motives and backers.
We are happy to correct the record. In fact, we already have.
Republicans have refused to release full transcripts of our firm's testimony, even as they selectively leak details to media outlets on the far right. It's time to share what our company told investigators.
We don't believe the Steele dossier was the trigger for the F.B.I.'s investigation into Russian meddling. As we told the Senate Judiciary Committee in August, our sources said the dossier was taken so seriously because it corroborated reports the bureau had received from other sources, including one inside the Trump camp.
The intelligence committees have known for months that credible allegations of collusion between the Trump camp and Russia were pouring in from independent sources during the campaign.
Yet lawmakers in the thrall of the president continue to wage a cynical campaign to portray us as the unwitting victims of Kremlin disinformation.
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