August 22, 2017 2:51 pm -

It would be irresponsible not to ask!

While the 24-hour news spigot has been obsessed with Trump’s detail-free Afghanistan speech, his pending speech in Phoenix, and the disturbing naval “accident” involving the USS McCain in the South China Sea, there have been a couple of major Russiagate developments.

Buried at the tail end of an article which also features video from today’s edition of Good Morning America is this gem:

According to people briefed on the developments, Steele has met with the FBI and provided agents with the names of his sources for the allegations in the dossier, but it is unclear how much information lawmakers will be able to obtain from Simpson this week. Attorneys for Fusion GPS have indicated to the committee that its client relationships are confidential.

There is neither confirmation or denial that Steele also provided investigators with any physical evidence. Could he have? Steele is an MI5 agent and foreign intelligence agencies are (ahem) reluctant to share information with the US due to Donald Trump’s big mouth, which looks to have revealed sources for and possibly methods of intelligence gathering on a few occasions.

On the other hand, providing evidence that could be used to legally dislodge Trump may provide sufficient motivation for Steele (and others) to fork over more than just useful information – like, say, a video of Trump in a Moscow hotel room with Russian call girls engaged in kinky behavior involving micturation, urination, and a bed used by President Obama and his wife on a previous wisit to Russia.

And conjecture that Steele provided more than names dovetails nicely with signs of major progress in Robert Mueller’s Russiagate investigation and a bombshell or two about to drop (if you believe Felix Sater, which in this case we do).

Two sources familiar with the inquiry tell McClatchy that investigators are working to confirm information indicating that Manafort and the consulting firms he led earned between $80 million and $100 million over a decade from pro-Moscow Ukrainian and Russian clients.

Mueller’s expanded focus on Manafort’s complicated financial picture is zeroing in on whether he may have evaded taxes or engaged in any money laundering schemes, the sources say, and the hunt for his financial records through a labyrinth of offshore bank and business accounts has become an important prong of the investigation.

Overall, the probe centers on whether anyone on Donald Trump’s campaign, or other Trump associates, assisted Moscow’s election meddling. Russia’s cyber mischief last year was designed to help the real estate mogul win in November.

But Mueller’s team may also pursue “any matters” that are found in the course of the probe.

And that, of course, would include evidence that Trump was being blackmailed by Russia because they have something truly compromising on the TV celebrity – say, something like a pee tape.

As Matt Drudge might say, “Developing hard.”

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.