As the evidence now points out, which is quite the opposite to that of the Democrats, the political-left and the mainstream media over the past year. With the bombshell that the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) paid for research that was included in a dossier made public in January 2107 that contained salacious claims about connections between Donald Trump, his associates and Russia.

In recent days, we learned that “the dossier,” parts of which have reportedly been originally corroborated by the U.S. intelligence community (IC), was in fact the creation of former MI6 intelligence officer Christopher Steele. He had been paid by Marc Elias, an attorney representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Of course, as more evidence continues to come out, it is rapidly revealing the IC rather than corroborating on real intelligence, was in fact complicit, to an extremely damaging degree. Certainly, 100% of the blame here can be placed at the feet of CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper and FBI Director, James Comey. All of whom cannot deny they did not know. That of course, would be impossible and it’s a lie. All involved, knowingly and wittingly allowed those reports to go directly to the White House. And in fact, all were present when Comey briefed the dossier to President Trump and in fact, make no mistake told the President it was real. That my friends, is an incredulous and despicable scandal in itself. And of course, there is still much more.

President Donald Trump in the meantime said Wednesday that revelations that Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the DNC partly funded the creation of a research dossier against him “a very sad commentary on politics in this country.” The President further alleged that “only because it’s going to come out in a court case, that they said yes, they did it, and they admitted it.”  Noting that, “… they’re embarrassed by it,” he continued. “But I think it’s a disgrace. It’s just really — it’s a very sad commentary on politics in this country.” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday evening called the revelation and the reporting “the real Russia scandal.”

Later, President Trump told assembled reporters near his helicopter, referring to the continued investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, “This was the Democrats coming up with an excuse for losing an election.” “They lost it by a lot,” he added, “They didn’t know what to say, so they made up the whole Russia hoax. Now it’s turning out that the hoax has turned around and you look at what’s happened with Russia and you look at the uranium deal and you look at the fake dossier. So that’s all turned around.” The President also suggested he had a hunch about who was originally behind the dossier.

Further, and we will follow that funding for the dossier was also funded by Republican sources, to which suspects have been identified, but have not yet been publically named, dare I make my suspicions known. We will continue to follow the related leads in this aspect of the investigation and the relationship to a number of others.

In the effort to establish a narrative to go after Presidential candidate Donald Trump, Marc E. Elias, the lawyer representing Clinton’s campaign and the DNC, retained a company that specialized in opposition research called Fusion GPS to conduct the research and to subsequently develop a false narrative and corresponding story to discredit Mr. Trump’s reputation and personal and business dealings. Fusion GPS is a firm based in Washington, D.C., and as noted previously hired former MI6 intelligence officer Christopher Steele to author “the dossier.”

To further corroborate this information a spokesperson for the law firm Perkins Coie, which will be addressed, shortly, earlier this week saying that it had hired Washington-based researchers last year to gather damaging information about Trump on numerous subjects — including possible ties to Russia — on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the DNC.

The revelation of the false story and narrative was used by the Obama IC to implement intelligence collection operations of Mr. Trump and his campaign associates and even his transition team and members of his later White Staff. The intelligence collected, was then used to implement the unmasking of Trumps associates and staffers. In turn, the intelligence and the unmasked associates were used by federal (FBI and other agencies) and the various Congressional committees to justify and call for and conduct investigations into Russia’s attempts to disrupt last year’s election and whether Mr. Trump and any of Trump’s associates were directly involved and assisted in the effort.

President Trump and his allies have argued for months that the investigations are politically motivated. They have challenged the information contained in the dossier, which was compiled by Christopher Steele the former British spy who again had been contracted by the Washington research firm Fusion GPS.

According to documents that were filed in court indicated that Fusion GPS began working for the law firm, Perkins Coie, in April 2016. Perkins Coie attempted to claim that Fusion GPS had already been conducting the research for multiple clients during the Republican primary contest and tried to tie such research to the Republicans, though in the case of Mr. Trump, it is somewhat irrelevant. Nevertheless, it should be noted that Perkins Coie was paid $12.4 million to represent the Clinton campaign and the DNC during the 2016 campaign, also according to filings. The role of the Clinton campaign and the DNC in funding the research for the Trump dossier was first reported on Tuesday of this week and was apparently first reported by The Washington Post. Certainly a major change of position in reporting with regard to mainstream media in their reporting on the topic for the last year. All of which relished in the opportunity to use every piece of the made-up evidence to attack Donald Trump.

During the period between April-July 2016, when the Democrats and the Clinton campaign began paying for the opposition research, Mr. Trump was in the process of clinching the Republican presidential nomination, and Clinton’s allies were scrambling to figure out how to run against a candidate who had already weathered attacks from Republican rivals about his shifting policy positions, his personal character, and his business record.

Enter Fusion GPS’ now hired man Christopher Steele, who in addition to his intelligence tradecraft skills also had extensive experience in Russia, which he brought to the table so to speak to conduct research into any possible connections between Mr. Trump, his businesses and foreign business dealings, his campaign team, and of course any possible ties to Russia.

As requested, as part of his contract and opposition research by Fusin GPS, Steele produced a series of memos that alleged a broad conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government to influence the 2016 election on behalf of Trump. The memos also contained unsubstantiated accounts of encounters, i.e.; deliberate lies, between Donald Trump and Russian prostitutes, and foreign real estate deals that were intended as bribes.

To further try to legitimize the false narratives and fake news, the contents of the these memos were circulated in Washington in the fall of 2016, and were even briefed to Mr. Trump, as previously noted, by senior U.S. intelligence officials during the presidential transition. The memos, which became known as the “Steele Dossier,” were made public by the online news outlet BuzzFeed, which resulted in sparking an ongoing debate about the accuracy and validity of the information and speculation about who actually funded the phony research.

It should be known that Fusion GPS was started by three former Wall Street Journal employees who were experts in opposition reach for political parties, candidates and political organizations. Further, in a unique relationship, the firm worked directly with Perkins Coie and its senior political and election lawyer, Marc Elias. According to now published accounts, the law firm’s payments to Fusion GPS for the Russia opposition research was terminated just prior to Election Day, November 8, 2016. An interesting fact at that and for what reason. Of further interest and concern is the surprising fact that neither the Clinton campaign, nor the DNC, claimed it was aware that Fusion GPS had been hired to conduct the opposition research against the Trump campaign. Likewise, earlier this year, Mr. Elias had denied that he had possessed the dossier before the election. And Mr. Brian Fallon, who served as a spokesperson for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, said earlier this week in a Twitter post that he did not know that Mr. Steele had been working on behalf of the Clinton campaign before the election, at all. He even went as far as saying that, “If I had, I would have volunteered to go to Europe and try to help him,” Fallon wrote.

In an effort to avoid the inclusion and involvement of the DNC a spokeswoman for the DNC sought to distance the national party from the scandal by noting that the party’s Chairman, Tom Perez, was elected only after last year’s election. Saying that he and his DNC leadership team were not involved in any decision-making regarding the use of Fusion GPS, nor were they aware that Perkins Coie was working with the Fusion GPS or the DNC.

Now finally, since the breaking of this valid evidence regarding the role of the Clinton campaign and the DNC and the work by Fusion GPS on the dossier, it has come under the scrutiny from Congressional investigators, who are now questioning the founders of the firm and also subpoenaed its banking records to determine and validate the funding of the research. Of course, Fusion GPS is claiming it much maintain its “efforts to fulfill your obligation to maintain client confidentiality. In the circumstances, however, we believe it is appropriate to release Fusion GPS from this obligation as it relates to the identity of Perkins Coie.” Again, another standard tactic and ploy to delay and attempt to protect and hide what actually occurred.

Additionally, it should also be noted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is reported to have interviewed Mr. Steele about the dossier last summer as part of the federal probe into Russia’s meddling in last year’s presidential race. Mueller’s investigation includes potential collusion between Russia and Trump’s campaign, and the president has repeatedly called it a “witch hunt” against him. What Mr. Mueller’s “interest” is in this phony scandal now comes into question since the tables have turned – what does he do and where does he go. He needs to shut it down.

In the meantime, the confirmation this week that the Clinton campaign and the DNC for the dossier on Donald Trump is huge! It is without any doubt, bombshell news … certainly with more bombshells to come.

More so, the Fusion GPS saga is not over either. To put it into perspective, the Clinton-DNC funding is but the tip of the iceberg into the shady election dealings concealed within Fusion GPS walls. It is now know where Fusion received some of its funding, which raises the next question, how the firm used it? With whom did it work beyond Christopher Steele? Whom did it pay? Who else was paying it? The list of questions goes on. One of the answers is in Fusion GPS’ bank records. To date, it has doggedly refused to divulge the names of its clients for months, despite extraordinary pressure. The question is, why did the firm suddenly insist that its law firm Perkins Coie release Fusion GPS from its confidentiality agreements, and in-turn spill the beans on who hired it?

The answer is obvious and that is that there’s something Fusion GPS is deeply concerned about keeping secret even more than the Clinton-DNC. And so again, that something is in the bank records. Further, the release of the client names was without a doubt a last-ditch effort to appease the House Intelligence Committee, which has issued subpoenas to Fusion GPS’ bank and was very close to obtaining records until Fusion GPS filed the suit last week. The release was also likely aimed at currying favor with the court, given Fusion’s otherwise weak legal case. The judge could rule as early as today, Friday.

What must be watched if the House wins, don’t be surprised if those records include money connected to Russians. In the past Fusion GPS as noted, has worked with Russians.

Also consider that FBI bombshells are also yet to come. Unfortunately, the bureau has doggedly stonewalled Congressional subpoenas for documents related to the dossier, but that became harder to do now with the DNC-Clinton evidence. Since, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday the FBI had finally pledged to turn over its dossier file next week. So we will see.

That said, assuming the FBI is thorough and comprehensive in its disclosure, we can expect to learn that the dossier was indeed a major basis of investigating the Trump team, as I previously noted. Certainly, what we may learn is that the FBI knew that the dossier was a bought-and-paid-for fake product of the Clinton campaign, and nevertheless used it anyway. Or perhaps that it didn’t know, which would be equally disturbing.

Another consideration to watch is that it might indicate that the FBI was duped. Remember that it wasn’t until January 2017 that the dossier became public, and the mainstream media started revealing the details. As more ugly information came out, the more the Obama administration became scared and evcn seemed to be skeptical of it. Further, in May, former Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper stated that his people could never “corroborate” its “sourcing” and in June, FBI Director James Comey express contempt for it and ridiculed it as “salacious and unverified.”

Yet surprisingly, Mr. Comey was so convinced by the dossier validity that he pushed to have it included in the intelligence community’s January report on Russian meddling and it was briefed to President-Elect Trump during the transition. It will be embarrassing as hell if it turns out that the FBI was duped by a fake politically contracted document that might have been crafted by the Kremlin or Putin’s intelligence organizations.

So sit back, there without a doubt is plenty yet to come with regard to the DNC and the Clinton campaign. And then there are the links with Uranium One, Russia links to bribery, the $135M to the Clinton’s. Somewhere, Perkins Coie has documents showing who signed off on those bills, and they aren’t protected by attorney-client privilege. Those names will matter, since someone at the DNC and at the Clinton campaign will need to explain how they somehow both forgot to list Fusion GPS as a contract vendor in their campaign-finance filings.

Equally important, are also the potential bombshells with regard to unmasking of Americans in surveilled communications. If the Steele dossier reports, which appear to date back to June 2016 were making their way into the hands of senior DNC and Clinton political operatives, as I have continued to point out that there is no doubt that information was making their way to the Obama White House. This may explain why Obama political appointees began monitoring the Trump campaign and were hysterically abusing the unmasking process. Were they desperate in that they were looking for a “gotcha,” something to disqualify a Trump presidency? Of course, they were doing so on the basis of “salacious and unverified” accusations made by anonymous Russians, and their stereotypical view of Trump himself.

Again, be patient — this probe of the Clinton campaign, the Clinton’s themselves and their foundation, and Democratic Party’s Russian dalliance still has a long, long way to go. We can only hope that the evidence and revelations are too big for even the mainstream media to ignore.

Jim Waurishuk is a retired USAF Colonel, serving nearly 30-years as a career senior intelligence and political-military affairs officer and special mission intelligence officer with expertise in strategic intelligence, international strategic studies and policy, and asymmetric warfare. He served combat and combat-support tours in Grenada, Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan, as well as on numerous special operations and special mission intelligence contingencies in Central America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. He served as a special mission intelligence officer assigned to multiple Joint Special Operations units, and with the CIA’s Asymmetric Warfare Task Force, as well as in international and foreign advisory positions. He served as Deputy Director for Intelligence for U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) during the peak years of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Global War on Terrorism. He is a former White House National Security Council staffer and a former Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C. He served as a senior advisor to the Commander U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and is Vice President of the Special Ops-OPSEC -- which provides strategic and operational security analysis and assessments to governmental and private entities, as well as media organizations on national security issues, policy, and processes. He currently provides advisory and consulting services on national security, international strategic policy, and strategy assessments for the U.S. and foreign private sector and governments entities, media groups and outlets, and to political groups, forums, and political candidates. He is an author and writer providing regular commentary and opinion to national and local TV, radio networks, and for both print and online publications, as well as speaking engagements to business, political, civic and private groups on national security matters – focusing on international strategic policy and engagement, and strategic intelligence, and subject matter expertise on special mission intelligence and operations, counter-terrorism, and asymmetric warfare and conflict.