The Washington, D.C., firm responsible ultimately for putting out the dossier from Russian intel that smeared President Donald Trump is outright refusing to answer a Senate panel’s questions about its affiliations with the Democratic Party.
And some are wondering: Was the FBI actually involved in the creation or distribution of this dossier?
Remember, it was this dossier that fueled the allegations of Trump’s supposed — and never proven — ties to Russia.
The FBI actually picked up on this dossier some months ago, even though agents knew it was bogus and its claims lacked even the slightest smell of credibility.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is trying to get to the root of the dossier’s development — namely, where it came from and who it’s tied to — but firm founders are stonewalling.
The New York Post’s Paul Sperry, meanwhile, is supposing the founders are “more political activists than journalists,” possessed of a distinct “pro-Hillary, anti-Trump” agenda.
“These weren’t mercenaries or hired guns,” a congressional source familiar with the dossier probe said. “These guys had a vested personal and ideological interest in smearing Trump and boosting Hillary’s chances of winning the White House.”
“Fusion GPS was on the payroll of an unidentified Democratic ally of Clinton when it hired a long-retired British spy to dig up dirt on Trump. In 2012, Democrats hired Fusion GPS to uncover dirt on GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. And in 2015, Democrat ally Planned Parenthood retained Fusion GPS to investigate pro-life activists protesting the abortion group.
“More, federal records show a key co-founder and partner in the firm was a Hillary Clinton donor and supporter of her presidential campaign.
“In September 2016, while Fusion GPS was quietly shopping the dirty dossier on Trump around Washington, its co-founder and partner Peter R. Fritsch contributed at least $1,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund and the Hillary For America campaign, Federal Election Commission data show. His wife also donated money to Hillary’s campaign.
“Property records show that in June 2016, as Clinton allies bankrolled Fusion GPS, Fritsch bought a six-bedroom, five-bathroom home in Bethesda, Md., for $2.3 million.
“Fritsch did not respond to requests for comment. A lawyer for Fusion GPS said the firm’s work is confidential.
“Sources say Fusion GPS had its own interest, beyond those of its clients, in promulgating negative gossip about Trump.
“Fritsch, who served as the Journal’s bureau chief in Mexico City and has lectured at the liberal Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, married into a family with Mexican business interests. His wife, Beatriz Garcia, formerly worked as an executive at Grupo Dina, a manufacturer of trucks and buses in Mexico City that benefits from NAFTA, which Trump opposes.
“Fritsch’s Fusion GPS partner Thomas Catan, who grew up in Britain, once edited a business magazine in Mexico, moreover. A third founding partner, Glenn Simpson, is reported to have shared dark views of both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump. Before joining Fusion GPS, Simpson did opposition research for a former Clinton White House operative.”
Well, well, well. Looks like the Senate Judiciary has quite a list of questions to pose.
Here’s more, from PJ Media, citing Sperry’s Post report:
“The FBI received a copy of the Democrat-funded dossier in August, during the heat of the campaign, and is said to have contracted in October to pay Steele $50,000 to help corroborate the dirt on Trump — a relationship that “raises substantial questions about the independence” of the bureau in investigating Trump, warned Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.
“Senate investigators are demanding to see records of communications between Fusion GPS and the FBI and the Justice Department, including any contacts with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, now under congressional investigation for possibly obstructing the Hillary Clinton email probe, and deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, who is under investigation by the Senate and the Justice inspector general for failing to recuse himself despite financial and political connections to the Clinton campaign through his Democrat activist wife.
“According to Sperry, Senate investigators say McCabe is the FBI official who negotiated with Steele.”
If true, this doesn’t look good for the FBI — not at all.
Trump has been saying since campaign days part of his “drain the swamp” campaign would target America’s intel — something which no doubt set him as a target of the intel community. And watching the fiasco of Russia and the James Comey testimony on Capitol Hill as it all unfolded has certainly raised red flags about the truthfulness of these largely leftist-driven allegations. But now, the FBI?
Sperry’s report also mentions the CIA and the Barack Obama administration.
“Bizarrely, the CIA gave the shoddy, uncorroborated report credence and it wound up in the White House, where then-President Obama was briefed on it. The FBI also used the dossier for investigative leads on Carter Page, who has been eager to testify before Congress so he can clear his name. Yet former FBI Director James Comey admitted under oath earlier this month that the dossier is ‘salacious and unverified.'”
The deep state — alive and kicking.
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