Members of the fake news and establishment media who falsely claimed President Trump colluded with Russia suffered yet another blow to their credibility. A British judge recently ruled that ex-spy Christopher Steele will have to pay damages for the “inaccurate and misleading” dossier he engineered to “ensure Hillary Clinton’s election as president.” Adding insult to injury, Steele will also have to pay out 36,000 Pounds (about $45,000) for violations of Britain’s Data Protection Act 1998.
A pair of partners at Alfa Bank brought a civil lawsuit after discovering the opposition document paid for by the Clinton Campaign and Democratic National Committee includes lies that the financial sector organization funneled “illicit cash” to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Steele, who operated under the entity Orbis Business, has been ordered to pay damages specifically to Alfa Bank’s Petr Aven and Mikhail Fridman “for the loss of autonomy, distress and reputational damage caused by the breaches of duty,” Justice Mark Warby of the High Court of England and Wales reportedly stated.
“Ever since these odious allegations were first made public in January 2017, my partners and I have been resolute and unwavering in our determination to prove that they are untrue, and through this case, we have finally succeeded in doing so,” Fridman reportedly said.
Ranked among the most destructive falsehoods that drove the U.S. into a Russian Collusion witch hunt were unsubstantiated claims that ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen conspired with Russian hackers in Prague. No records indicate Cohen ever traveled to Prague and he was in the U.S. during the time.
Another fake claim was that the Trump Campaign was paying off hackers at a Russian consulate in Miami that doesn’t even exist. But the most targeted attacks designed to help Hillary reach the White House were lurid accusations and a discredited claim that campaign staff member Carter Page was bribed by Russian business leaders. Not a single one of these claims proved even remotely true.
During the civil trial, the judge handling the case repeatedly pointed out that information in the so-called “Steele Dossier” departed from reality and had no basis in commonsense.
“That is an allegation of serial criminal wrongdoing, over a prolonged period. Even in the limited and specific context of reporting intelligence for the purposes I have mentioned, and despite all the other factors I have listed, the steps taken to verify that proposition fell short of what would have been reasonable,” judge Warby reportedly said. “There is nothing that casts doubt on Mr. Fridman’s evidence on this issue.”
Steele, who President Trump has accurately referred to as a “lowlife,” tried to use the same “national security” excuse to avoid justice Democrats have employed to prevent the truth from coming to light.
The U.S. Department of Justice continues to investigate wrongdoing by Democrat operatives within the FBI and the intelligence community who worked in concert with the Clinton Campaign to prevent President Trump from winning the election. It has become abundantly clear that powerful forces within the government tried to rig the 2016 election in Hillary’s favor. The Steele ruling is just the tip of the spear.