It is incredibly difficult to keep track of all the players in the Russian scandal at this point. What started out as ridiculous claims that President Trump had colluded with Russia have become a widespread net of allegations from associates of the president to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and all the way to Hillary and Obama. Now Russia is fighting back and a tech executive is suing BuzzFeed for publishing the infamous dossier.
The route to BuzzFeed goes through whoever gave them the document in the first place. To get this information, subpoenas have been issued to some of the people and outlets that might know including David Kramer, an associate of John McCain, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Lawyers for the plaintiff state that Kramer and the two newspapers are dodging the subpoenas.
David Kramer “has been seemingly avoiding service” for weeks which seems odd if he has nothing to do with being the source. Lawyers for Aleksej Gubarev, the Russian tech executive, claim that the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal are both challenging the subpoenas they were served.
The dossier was written by Christopher Steele, a former British spy, and claims that Gubarev and his companies hacked into the DNC computer systems. Naturally, Gubarev wants to know who is spreading the information around.
Gubarev’s attorneys want to know if BuzzFeed was warned the dossier could be fake. If they were and published it anyway, that might demonstrate “reckless disregard for the truth or falsity of the information published.”
The dossier was paid for by the Clinton campaign and the DNC. They hired Fusion GPS for $1 million. In turn, they hired Steele to do spy work which cost them $168,000. GPS Fusion has denied being the source of the link to BuzzFeed.
Steele, Fusion GPS, McCain, and Kramer were allegedly the only ones who had full copies of the dossier. All of them have denied being BuzzFeed’s source. For Kramer to “dodge” the summons doesn’t make much sense, unless he is lying or perhaps protecting someone he is close to.
With all these unknowns, one thing is for certain, this is just beginning.
Source: The Daily Caller