For two years, Trump and his defenders have claimed that the investigation of his campaign was prompted by the “fake dossier” (also sometimes called by him the “phony dossier”) compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele. The report, which was leaked to the media after the election, first brought to widespread public attention allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence. It was one of Trump’s key talking points in making the case that the investigation was a “witch hunt,” set in motion by Democrats angry over losing the election.
The third paragraph of the report, without mentioning the dossier specifically, demolishes this argument:
“In late July 2016, soon after WikiLeaks's first release of stolen documents, a foreign government contacted the FBI about a May 2016 encounter with Trump Campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos had suggested to a representative of that foreign government that the Trump Campaign had received indications from the Russian government that it could assist the Campaign through the anonymous release of information damaging to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. That information prompted the FBI on July 31, 2016, to open an investigation into whether individuals associated with the Trump Campaign were coordinating with the Russian government in its interference activities.” [Source]
"The third paragraph of the report, without mentioning the dossier specifically, demolishes this argument." That's hogwash.
The article contains a great deal of nonsense. Trump was right that the investigation should never have started and that it should have been shut down by the administration.
Getting back to the hogwash, the Steele Dossier and the allegation of Russian hacking are the only reasons the investigation gained any temporary legs to go all the way through to Mueller's final report. Without that Dossier, without all the media coverage and constant allegations and buildup by the neocons and their ilk and allies in the Democratic Party and especially in the Clinton wing, the Mueller investigation never would have started. That's a fact.