There is absolutely no evidence to support his claims; official sources have denied that there is or was an investigation into this or even the slightest hint that it may have taken place.
Still, Dragnea doubled down and now now more PSD politicians have come out supporting the (again, completely and utterly unfounded) claims.
Yes, Dragnea is desperately trying to change the agenda and there are signs he's succeeding. The protests on the 10th of August saw a brutal, largely unprovoked, and definitely disproportional crackdown from the police. 450 people were injured (tear gas, pepper spray, flashbang grenades, good old-fashioned police beatings), one person later died as a result of injuries sustained on the day, and officials cannot seem to get their story straight about what exactly happened and for what reason. This should remain #1 on the political and media agenda until it is properly investigated and the people responsible held accountable.
At the same time, the ruling coalition (PSD/ALDE) has lost most of its credibility abroad with its main partners (PM Dancila hilariously explained in a letter to the EC President that the protests turned violent in order to distract from PSD's positive results in power...).
It's easy to think that Dragnea, convicted of electoral fraud and abuse in office, saddled with an approval rating below 20%, is losing is proverbial marbles.
However, as someone who's been known to drone on and on about the fact that Romania turns 100 this year and how this opens up opportunities for politicians to lean into nationalist discourse and policies to shore up support, I'm inclined to think there's more to what Dragnea is doing than just unravelling publicly.
If there is one archetype in Romania's history (as it was taught during communism and continues to be taught even today), it is that of the brave leader withstanding foreign invasions and subterfuge. From Decebal, who was killed while defending Dacia from the Romans, to Mihai Viteazu (assassinated at the order of the Habsburgs after uniting the 3 provinces) to Nicolae Ceausescu (whose blend of communism and nationalism was unique this side of the Iron Curtain and emphasised Romania's struggle against everyone else), this is the unifying thread in how Romanians generally think about their past.
Fast forward to today: who is behind the protests? Jewish financier George Soros, of course, as well as multinational companies paying their employees to protest. Who is standing up to this abuse? Homegrown hero Liviu Dragnea. Who's trying to whack him for his insolence? Jewish financier George Soros.
For Dragnea, this is a 'now or never' moment. He will continue to double down on this assassination story, not to persuade anyone at home or abroad, but to whip up PSD's hard base against the rising opposition and increasingly disgruntled protesters. He (and other PSD politicians with serious legal problems) need to stay out of jail and in power as the 2019 presidential elections draw closer and closer.
These tactics of polarising society and radicalising the base are copied from demagogues like Trump (because what's more fitting for a party with a known plagiarism problem than to have a leader copy-paste his tactics from elsewhere?). What we've learned from those cases is that the opposition can achieve success if it keeps its eyes on the prize instead of falling for every distraction thrown their way.
So by all means let's mock Dragnea's lies into oblivion. But at the end of the day, the focus needs to stay on the revolting abuse by police forces at the orders of the government on the 10th of August.