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The Breathtaking Allegations Swirling Around the Brookings Institution


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Early this month, in yet another blow to “Russiagate,” Igor Danchenko, a key contributor to reports alleging a conspiracy between Russia and Donald Trump, was arrested for lying to the FBI. The indictment states that Danchenko repeatedly told Bureau agents that the information contained within the now-discredited Steele Dossier was sourced from Russia. In reality, the indictment claims, the accusations that suggested deep ties between the 2016 Trump Campaign and Russia were largely derived from “chatter and gossip circulating in American political circles” (and that is describing this compilation of lies generously). Now, one of D.C.’s premier “nonpartisan” think tanks, the Brookings Institution, appears to be enmeshed in the controversy.

For five years, accusations ranging from a conspiracy theory that Trump was an acquired Russian asset to Vladimir Putin “hacking” the 2016 election were largely derived from this dossier and promoted as verified fact across much of the mainstream media. Regarding the arrest, the left-leaning outlet The Nation published an article by Aaron Mate that referred to the Steele Dossier and the media’s fixation with it as “a case study in mass hysteria and media credulity.”

While this latest revelation has effectively severed any last shreds of credibility the Steele Dossier might have had, it raises new questions as to how such a baseless conspiracy theory was accepted as truth by the media and virtually every elected Democrat. In an ironic twist, while the Steele Dossier exposed nothing about Trump, the establishment reaction to the Steele Dossier has revealed corruption and partisan manipulation across the mainstream media, and now, appears to implicate numerous figures associated with the Brookings Institution.

The Brookings Institution is a 105-year-old think tank that purports to “represent diverse points of view.” Danchenko worked at the organization for several years under “Russian Expert” Fiona Hill (who, very interestingly, went on to play a key role on the National Security Council in the Trump administration, and was a “star” witness against the President at Trump’s first impeachment). According to the Wall Street Journal, Brookings was where Danchenko received his “entrée” into the inner circles of “America’s liberal foreign-policy elite.” It was Fiona Hill who introduced him to ex-spy Christopher Steele. As noted by Fox News Contributor Jonathan Turley, “Brookings appears so often in accounts related to the Russian collusion scandal that it could be Washington’s alternative to the Kevin Bacon parlor game. It appears that many of these figures are within six degrees of Brookings.”



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15 minutes ago, MISBAILEY said:

“Brookings appears so often in accounts related to the Russian collusion scandal that it could be Washington’s alternative to the Kevin Bacon parlor game. It appears that many of these figures are within six degrees of Brookings.”

Such a tangled web we weave . . . . 

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“Thousands of pages of internal memos and confidential correspondence between Brookings and other donors — like JPMorgan Chase, the nation’s largest bank; K.K.R., the global investment firm; Microsoft, the software giant; and Hitachi, the Japanese conglomerate — show that financial support often came with assurances from Brookings that it would provide “donation benefits,” including setting up events featuring corporate executives with government officials, according to documents obtained by The New York Times and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting.”

In 2014, the Institute was involved in another swirl of charges, including allegedly offering Norway political favors while accepting multi-million-dollar donations from the country. That same year, the Institute was revealed to have taken millions of dollars from Qatar under deeply questionable circumstances that many suggested undermined the institution’s scholarship on the Middle East. The think tank was also the subject of a Washington Post article in 2017 exposing favorable coverage of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, while the organization also accepted funding from the CCP-linked company.

Brookings’ apparently decaying culture was not merely a matter of accepting donations, either. In 2017, at the height of the #MeToo movement, Brookings suspended senior fellow Leon Wieseltier for his “inappropriate behavior” toward women. And in yet another recent controversy, Brookings has hired Kimberlé W. Crenshaw as a Nonresident Senior Fellow. Crenshaw, a Neo-Marxist, and one of the leading writers on Critical Race Theory, believes objectivity cannot exist, the Civil Rights Movement accomplished little, and openly calls for discrimination on the basis of race.


Very often when something gets to Big, it loses touch with what its supposed to be doing and Why it was founded.

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