- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 26, 2017

Author Mark Steyn joked this week that investigations into President Trump’s possible “collusion” with Russia are like an absurd “high-concept thriller” in which he’s the only innocent party.

Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson and Mr. Steyn sat down Wednesday night to discuss revelations that an anti-Trump dossier created by the research firm Fusion GPS was partially funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The author excoriated everyone but Mr. Trump when asked to put the news into its proper political context.

“Everyone is colluding with Russia except Trump,” Mr. Steyn said, The Daily Caller reported. “You’ve got the Podesta Group, you’ve got the Hillary campaign, you’ve got the DNC, you’ve got the FBI, you’ve got Christopher Steele, who you credit as an ex-MI6 agent. He’s not just any old ex-MI6 agent, he’s the head of the Russia desk at MI6, which is a pretty big deal.”

The dossier, first published by BuzzFeed News in January, was originally financed by an anonymous Republican, although Mr. Trump told reporters this week that he anticipates the individual’s identity will be made public.

“I have one name in mind,” Mr. Trump said Wednesday. “It will probably be revealed.”

The Washington Post, which broke the story on the DNC’s involvement with the dossier, noted on Wednesday that Mr. Trump’s critics are now in an awkward political position.

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“Given Democrats’ argument that Russia’s interference on Trump’s behalf was beyond the pale, the Clinton camp and the DNC paying a Brit for information would seem somewhat problematic,” the newspaper wrote Wednesday.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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