Most of the major leak stories out about the Trump team have come from the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, etc. In other words, they have come from mainstream outlets and a number of them have been retracted. In fact, some pretty significant ones have been retracted. But one of the common things is that many of the leaks have come from partisan sources opposed to Trump.
So this past week we get two big things. First, we get a coordinated attack on Robert Mueller. There is no doubt in my mind that this was coming from the Trump team and I think it is very striking to see a lot of people in the conservative mediasphere all leveling the same attacks on Mueller at the same time. Sometimes this is the sign of a herd mentality and there is no coordination. Sometimes there is coordination. But the attacks to discredit Mueller in the run up to the indictment coming seems to be coordinated.
There’s another big story that came out though.
This one is that the Clinton campaign paid for the Fusion GPS dossier on Trump and is tied to the Washington Free Beacon having retained Fusion GPS to build an opposition file on various Republicans. To be clear, the Free Beacon has absolutely nothing to do with Christopher Steele and his Trump dossier. That was all the handiwork of the Clintons and Democrats. But the dossier story popped along with the Mueller stuff.
While I’m perfect comfortable believing that the Mueller attacks came from Trump allies and possibly the White House, part of me really thinks the Clinton-Fusion GPS story came from the Democrats.
There’s no better way to bury that story that to get it out right before the Manafort indictment. It allows the media to claim they’ve already covered it so it can be discarded as old news. And it gets pushed aside because of Manafort. So yeah, call me crazy, but I’m thinking the Democrats pushed out the Fusion GPS links knowing what was coming.
“BUT BUT BUT,” you say, “how’d the Democrats know about the coming indictment?”
“Podesta,” I reply.