Private investigators working on private lawsuits against Fusion GPS and former British spy, Christopher Steele, have reason to believe that reporters were paid to spread false stories about collusion between President Trump and the Russians. Also Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, is looking into the same accusations.
Fusion thought they were in the clear after the Clinton campaign and the DNC owned up to financing the fake Trump dossier. However, Rep. Nunes has refused to retract his subpoena of the bank records of Fusion GPS, which is fighting tooth and nail against the subpoena and now we may know why.
If the bank records are released, it could become a huge scandal within the mainstream press and may go beyond the reporters to the news outlets themselves. If true, at the very least all of the reporters on Fusion’s payroll could be fired and possibly even prosecuted if Jeff Session grows a backbone. I’ve always liked Sessions but now I think he must be fired and replaced with an aggressive Attorney General — someone not afraid to send Clinton and a whole litany of liberals to federal prisons for their crimes.
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In U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Fusion GPS, the dossier’s financier via the Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign money, is fighting a House committee chairman’s bid to find out if the opposition research firm paid journalists.
In U.S. District Court in Florida, a self-described dossier victim wants a judge to order the news website BuzzFeed, which published the dossier in full, to disclose who gave it to them.
The cases underscore how a Moscow-sourced memorandum created as opposition research against Donald Trump in the presidential campaign last year often dictates the debate about politics and reporters’ rights in Washington.
Rep. Devin Nunes, California Republican and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, signed a subpoena to force a bank to turn over Fusion’s financial records. He wants to know who paid for the dossier, which was written in a series of 18 memos by former British spy Christopher Steele. He relied almost exclusively on unidentified Kremlin sources.
Fusion went to federal court to block the move, but the law firm Perkins Coie LLP, whose partner Marc E. Elias is the Clinton’s campaign’s general counsel, intervened. It filed a letter acknowledging it had paid Fusion for the dossier on behalf of Democrats. Fusion and Mr. Nunes then worked out an agreement on access to some of the firm’s financial records.
But the dispute heightened again Friday as Fusion renewed its request for a judge to block the subpoena because Mr. Nunes wants more information. The widened net includes the names of journalists and law firms that Fusion might have paid.
No doubt, when the Democrats conspired to create a false narrative on the collusion accusations, they firmly believed that Hillary would become president and would be able to bury any inquiries that might be made. But after President Trump won, it puts them in a bad position, especially if someone decides to roll in order to avoid a long prison sentence by naming high ranking officials who were involved in the frame up.
Any reasonable person would have to question why, if Russia was colluding with Trump, that Kremlin officials supplied information to Steele and the opposition research company Fusion GPS. As Judge Judy always says, “If it doesn’t make sense, it’s not true.”
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