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Truth is, I'm one of the least legally qualified people ever. What I do, however, have is lots of experience reading very dense and obscure texts, which is why I am perfectly qualified to break down the Trump memo for your general enlightenment.
Here's some quick background.
In early January 2017, the US intelligence community publicly confirmed what many had suspected – Russia had interfered in the 2016 elections, and Vladimir Putin himself had personally ordered the “influence campaign.”
Capitol Hill was in an uproar, and it got even worse when Buzzfeed released the Steele Dossier, a document compiled by the (very stereotypically-named) British spy Christopher Steele.
Yes, that’s really his name.
The Steele Dossier supported the allegations that the Trump campaign and Russia had colluded to steal the presidential election, but it was a revelatory document all round.
Why, you ask?
Because it also revealed that Trump enjoyed engaging in very esoteric kinks – i.e., he liked getting peed on.
(In recent months, we’ve also learned that Trump is fan of being spanked by very specific Forbes magazine issues, so our president is a man of vast and varied tastes.)
In any event, things were starting to get heated in Washington, and all eyes were on then-FBI Director James Comey – you remember Comey, the guy who disclosed that the FBI was looking into Clinton’s emails 11 days before the election.
Comey was, at the time, investigating the collusion claims, and there were rumors something was cooking.
In response, Trump soon fired him.