Its not just what Christopher Steele said in early August in a defamation lawsuit brought by Russian bankers, or where he said it. It’s why he had to say it. Here’s one of the things Steele said in what seems to have been a written statement to the court:

Fusion’s immediate client was law firm Perkins Coie. It engaged Fusion to obtain information necessary for Perkins Coie LLP to provide legal advice on the potential impact of Russian involvement on the legal validity of the outcome of the 2016 US Presidential election.

Based on that advice, parties such as the Democratic National Committee and HFACC Inc. (also known as ‘Hillary for America’) could consider steps they would be legally entitled to take to challenge the validity of the outcome of that election.

Perkins Coie is an old well-established Seattle law firm. It has represented much of the West Coasts tech giants. It also is apparently counsel of record for:

  • The Democratic National Committee
  • The Democratic Leadership Council
  • The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
  • The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
  • And nearly every Democrat Member of Congress
  • As well as having represented the presidential campaigns of John Kerry, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton.

And leading its Political Law practice is the ebullient Marc Elias, he of the outstretched palms in a joyful evangelical display of hutzpah as he congratulated Minnesota voters in managing to get Al Franken in by a whisker and a recount back in 2008/9. It’s a heart-warming photograph especially the faces of the low-level Democrat officials, turned up in a sort of gleeful stupor at Elias’ relentless, celebratory partisanship. Which when combined with a top-notch legal mind becomes a formidable weapon.

But that weapon was sheathed in November of 2016 and only unleashed this past November in what seems to have proven to be a rather less successful attempt at turning the leadership of the Senate back over to the Democrats based on a few recounts in places like Florida, or Missouri. However, Elias and Perkins Coie were locked and loaded (Yes, I’ve just mixed my military metaphors. Sorry.) and ready to be used to contest the results of the 2016 presidential election.

So, what happened?

Somebody. A few people one supposes. Maybe John Podesta and others said: slow down. We won’t do this just right now. We have to use the dossier and the intelligence community to discredit Trump. We’ll do everything we can and asap, but we have to put the pieces together. I can imagine more than a few shouting matches over tactics, but the general agreement was to put the following political and legal plan into action.

  • Use the electors. Try to somehow convince them not to certify the election. If that doesn’t work.
  • Use the intel community. It’s already been working with us since early in 2016. Have the Steele dossier brought up in a meeting Trump had with then FBI Director Comey which is looking more and more like an entrapment scheme (one of many attempts that began around March of 2016 to draw in members of Trump’s campaign on promises of dirt through Russian connections) that would provide the necessary excuse for the media to mention its existence, especially the golden showers fabrication, and hopefully for some media site to release the dossier. Which is exactly what happened.
  • Entrap Mike Flynn (with the traps laid by former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe) a former Obama intel official  who was hated by the Obama administration and especially the Iran Deal wonks at State led by Ben Rhodes from his perch in the Obama White House. Use a legitimate meeting with the Russian ambassador as a pretext for absurd speculations on using the Logan Act which is itself an absurd bit of legislation that has sat dormant and unused on the books for centuries. And nail Flynn for what seems to have been mistakes and not lies.
  • Have Sally Yates and Bruce Ohr disrupt the Trump administration’s policies at DOJ.
  • Use the Trump Comey meeting and the discussion about Flynn to set up obstruction of justice charges.
  • Set up a situation where AG Sessions has to recuse himself because of legitimate contacts with Russia.
  • When Comey is predictably but tactlessly (in the military sense of the word) fired, use Comey’s friend – Columbia Law prof Daniel Richman – to leak Comey’s memo of the meeting in order to pressure Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel.
  • If no real evidence of collusion is found by the special counsel, use obstruction of justice charges.
  • If even that doesn’t appear to be airtight, go after shady Trump associates on criminal charges that have to do with money-laundering and failing to register as lobbyists, all in order to portray a veneer of corruption around the Trump administration and lay the groundwork for impeachment.

Oh yes, and send Marc Elias back in after the 2018 midterms to see if he can work his magic again.

We wouldn’t have found about the recount plan and the closer than realized links between Perkins Coie and Steele and of course Fusion GPS if it hadn’t been for 3 Russian bankers associated with Alfa Bank (they of the supposed evil server that had a direct line to Putin’s bedside) who had the audacity to fight back in court.

And that pushback produced the documents where Steele stated the possibility, or more accurately the goal, of a recount back in November or December of 2016.

Thanks to the Washington Times for bringing this story into the open. Because mainstream media right now is all about how Cohen will drag down Trump. Which is a not impossible prediction.

But we should keep in mind that Democrats and Never-Trumpers in the intel community – in their desperation to keep Trump from the White House and now to impeach him – have effectively criminalized the transition period for all future incoming administrations. As well as made lobbying by any foreign government a much riskier proposition. This was not done for noble ends and will likely not end well down the road.

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