For most of the time that Donald Trump occupied the White House, his presidency was framed by the claim that he and his campaign team had colluded with Russia to fix his election. This was promulgated unceasingly by most of the mainstream media. For outlets such as The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC and the rest, the only question was how soon this scandal would see Trump rightly ejected from the Oval Office.
A dossier produced by the former British spy Christopher Steele served up “evidence” of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, and made salacious claims that Trump had cavorted with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel. This dossier prompted an FBI investigation of the Trump campaign that triggered an inquiry by special counsel Robert Mueller. Even when this found no evidence of a Trump conspiracy with Russia, none of those who had disseminated this false claim saw fit to inquire how it had been made.
Some people smelt a rat from the start. A number of commentators and Republican members of Congress viewed these baroque accusations as nothing other than a Democratic Party dirty trick which was being used by sympathetic elements in law enforcement and other administration circles to lever Trump out of office.
If true, this was one of the greatest political scandals in American history. Those making this claim, however, were deemed “right wing” and “Trump enablers”, and so could be disregarded by the media and associated legions of Trump foes.
Now, however, it looks as if these objectors were right all along. Special counsel John Durham, who was appointed in 2019 by the former US attorney-general William Barr to investigate the origins of the FBI’s probe, has started issuing indictments which may cause the whole story finally to implode.