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Fusion GPS: What Are They Hiding?

Mike Reed - August 16, 2017

Remember Fusion GPS?  

They are the Democrat aligned & Russia connected firm that produced an unsubstantiated “dossier” of supposed Trump connections to Russia that was taken seriously by our intelligence community and helped spark the investigation now led by Special Counsel Mueller.

The co-founder of the firm has agreed to meet with Senate investigators, and the firm has turned over documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

But, it now looks like the firm isn’t being as forthcoming as it seems…

Politico just reported: “Committee spokesman Taylor Foy said Simpson [Fusion GPS co-founder] and Fusion GPS have provided about 41,000 pages of documents — but added that they are of little value. ‘Virtually all documents appear to be merely news clippings rather than substantive communications,’ Foy said. ‘Roughly a fifth of those documents are blank pages.’”

Blank pages. News clippings. What is Fusion GPS hiding?

To recap:

  • Fusion GPS is the firm that hired ex-British spy Christopher Steele to put together a phony dossier during the 2016 campaign on supposed Trump ties to Russia.
  • The dossier, full of Russian sourced information, was shopped to dozens of U.S. journalists during and immediately after the 2016 campaign, and eventually reported on despite obvious red flags to its accuracy.
  • The dossier’s claims made it into the hands of U.S. intelligence officials, and were included in a top secret intelligence briefing for President Obama.
  • The dossier's claims of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia helped spark the FBI investigation now supervised by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
  • We now know the dossier is full of bogus, false information.  Christopher Steele even admitted in a lawsuit recently that most of his work in the dossier was never fully verified.
  • Fusion GPS is deeply connected to Democrat politics.  The co-founder of Fusion GPS is reportedly a Hillary Clinton donor.  Fusion GPS allegedly was retained by Planned Parenthood, and did work for Democrats to investigate Mitt Romney in 2012.
  • Fusion GPS has deep ties to Russia.
  • According to the testimony of William Browder, along with other reporting, Fusion GPS was hired by Russians to defend Russian government connected officials from allegations of fraud.
  • Fusion GPS was also employed by Russians to fight against the Magnitsky Act and has worked on issues with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
  • Browder spoke about Fusion GPS’ tactics to work over reporters, and its efforts to run smear campaigns on behalf of their clients.

Fusion GPS co-founder to be interviewed by Senate panel

Politico

Austin Wright

August 16, 2017 – 3:10 PM

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/16/trump-dossier-fusion-gps-senate-interview-241710

The co-founder of the firm that commissioned a dossier of salacious allegations against President Donald Trump will be interviewed later this month by the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to a source familiar with the issue.

Glenn Simpson, head of the private investigation firm Fusion GPS, agreed to a voluntary, closed-door interview after Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) issued and then withdrew a subpoena for Simpson to appear at a public hearing last month.

The interview has now been scheduled, the source said. It will likely be with committee staff, not with senators.

Simpson has been providing documents to the Judiciary panel in response to a July 19 request from the panel. Committee spokesman Taylor Foy said Simpson and Fusion GPS have provided about 41,000 pages of documents — but added that they are of little value.

“Virtually all documents appear to be merely news clippings rather than substantive communications,” Foy said. “Roughly a fifth of those documents are blank pages.”

The committee is seeking information on the dossier of unsubstantiated allegations against Trump. Fusion GPS commissioned a former British intelligence agent, Christopher Steele, to compile the dossier. The committee is also seeking information on any work Fusion GPS has done on behalf of Russian interests opposed to the Magnitsky Act, which sanctioned Russian officials for human rights abuses

The Judiciary panel is investigating a number of issues relating to last year’s presidential election and Russia’s efforts to influence it.

The Trump campaign has turned over about 20,000 pages of documents to the panel, and Donald Trump Jr. and the Trump Organization have turned over about 250. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has turned over about 400 pages.


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