Andrew McCarthy explores the origin story for the Trump Collusion investigation. His gist - the Papadopoulos ex-post rationalizations notwithstanding, it has to have started with Carter Page, probably in early spring.
For a different perspective, David French has a 'pox on both sides' piece pointing out that Team Trump had plenty of suspicious actors and Team DoJ had plenty of partisans.
Thursday will see the big meeting between DoJ reps and two senior House Republicans to review classified information about Halper, the professor and 'spy' in the Trump campaign.
Meanwhile, I am holding out hope for my own madcap speculation. Remember Joseph Mifsud, the Maltese Professor who told George Papadopoluos about Russian dirt on Hillary? Perhaps one day we will discover that he was a British MI6 asset posing as Russian-connected and trolling in search of malcontents. In the highly unlikely (but wildly entertaining!) event that this is true and goes public, well, we'll need a bigger fan to process all that will hit it.
OH, WELL: Let me update my Mifsud speculation from "madcap" and "highly unlikely" to "good enough to put in print if you're Mark Steyn":
Mifsud is said to have ties to high-ranking figures in Moscow, but there seems to be more prima facie evidence of ties to high-ranking figures in London. That's Professor Mifsud above with my old friend Boris Johnson, Britain's Foreign Secretary, at some Brexit event last October 19th. On October 31st Joseph Mifsud disappeared and has not been seen since. I know how he feels: The same thing happened to me twelve days after I lunched with Boris at The Spectator in early 2006. Is (was) Mifsud an FSB asset? An MI6 asset? Both? Neither? Well, there's more circumstantial evidence of Mifsud's ties to British intelligence, including multiple meetings with, inter alia, Claire Smith of the UK Joint Intelligence Committee.