Reports are circulating that a liberal activist paid thousands of dollars for documents that he thought could take the President of the United States down. However, the documents he bought ended up being FAKE. Trump supporters say this shows just how far his critics will go to hurt his presidency.
According to Buzzfeed News reports, the Israeli took a flight to Rome to meet with an Italian business man in January. He’s been promised a set of documents that could possibly be explosive for Trump. The businessman wanted $9,000 cash in exchange for the docs.
These documents were supposed to prove that the President had secretly taken a bribe from ExxonMobile to nominate Rex Tillerson as the new secretary of state. The Israeli quickly turned the docs over to Democratic journalists and operatives. But, in the end, the documents were forgeries.
The story is a look inside a growing market for information and is just one example of the lengths Trump’s opponents will go in the hopes of toppling his presidency, and gives a glimpse inside the growing market for potentially damaging information on him. Scam artists have taken note, Buzzfeed reports, and are whipping up elaborate schemes to tempt activists with fake information for a price.
The forged documents regarding the ExxonMobil bribe involved a network of people, including the Italian businessman, who claims to be a knight, an American felon who spends time digging up dirt on Trump, and the Israeli who fell for the scam.
“Such forged documents also feed the hunger of a growing audience on the left that seems willing to believe virtually any claim about Trump’s supposed bad deeds,” Buzzfeed reports.
Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith cautions journalists to watch out in a companion piece: “And those of us covering the story and the stew of real information, fantasy, and — now — forgery around it need to continue to report and think clearly about what we know and what we don’t, and to resist the sugar high that comes with telling people exactly what they want to hear.”