The Russian-collusion story has gripped Washington for over one year.

Now there is evidence proving someone colluded with the Russians during the election.

And you’ll never believe who is guilty.

The media jumped on two developments to try and claim the Trump campaign colluded had with Russia.

The first was the fake news Christopher Steele dossier compiled on behalf of Fusion GPS.

The second was the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower between Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and a Russian lawyer.

The meeting was about repealing the Magnitsky Act, and never produced any of the promised dirt on Clinton colluding with the Russians.

But the media made it seem like this was the summit where the grand plot was hatched to rig the election.

It later turned out that Fusion GPS – who compiled the fake news Trump dossier – was being paid by the Russians to lobby against the Magnitsky Act.

But why was the media so reluctant to report on this development?

It was because they were in on spreading the Russian propaganda Moscow distributed through Fusion GPS.

Lee Smith wrote at The Federalist:

“In his explosive July 27 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Browder, the 53-year-old CEO and founder of Hermitage Capital Management, alleged Fusion GPS may have violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) by spreading Russian state propaganda. Washington DC journalists, Browder added, were in on the game—getting stories from the company that first tried to torque American law to benefit Putin and his cronies then spread the salacious Steele dossier.

“I suspect that a number of journalists,” Browder testified, “and one in particular here in Washington was operating so far outside the bounds of normal journalistic integrity that there must have been some incentive for them to be doing it coming from Fusion GPS.

The journalist Browder alluded to is NBC News’ intelligence and national security reporter: Ken Dilanian. In extensive interviews, Browder alleged to me that a number of journalists, including Dilanian, were beholden to Fusion GPS and its principals, including former Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson, for supplying them with stories in the past. Reporters, Browder argued, were therefore reluctant to look too deeply into Fusion GPS’s smear campaign against him and Magnitsky. Multiple attempts to reach Dilanian for comment went unanswered.”

Smith identified that the real way Russia attacked American democracy in 2016 was by corrupting the press to spread false information.

He wrote:

“The fact that Fusion GPS was the source of both the anti-Magnitsky smear campaign and the anti-Trump dossier was perhaps too confusing, or too troubling for most reporters to consider. Putting both stories together suggests both the Steele dossier and Fusion GPS’s anti-Magnitsky work were Russian state-sponsored hit-jobs.

While critics of the current White House charge that it has covered up institutional or accidental collusion with Moscow, the refusal of the press to out itself calls into question its heroic narrative as a last bastion of democracy holding out against the dictatorial and factually impaired Trump. Instead, it implied that members of both the Trump circle and the media were at once victims of and willing participants in the same Russian-sourced scam.”

Rather than do real reporting on the origins of the Trump dossier, the media covered up the fact that Fusion GPS was being paid by the Russians when the firm was working against Trump.

The media – and not Donald Trump or his campaign – was the ones who colluded with the Russians during the 2016 election.