Witnesses Describe Fusion GPS as High Priced Smear Experts

It should come as no surprise that Fusion GPS, the company responsible for the Trump Dossier has long been vilified for spreading false information against the enemies of the liberal left.  Thor Halvorssen, founder of the Human Rights Foundation, labeled them a smear site after they released a false story about him to the press.  Halvorssen became a target of Fusion GPS after he criticized Venezuelan company Derwick Associates that counted Fusion as a client.

From the Daily Caller

A prominent human rights activist is providing the Senate Judiciary Committee with new information on Wednesday about Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind the dossier of anti-Trump research compiled last year by former British spy Christopher Steele.

Thor Halvorssen, the founder of the Human Rights Foundation, says in a letter to the committee that Fusion GPS targeted him and several other people because of their criticism of Derwick Associates, a Venezuelan energy company reportedly under investigation for an alleged multi-billion dollar kickback scheme.

Fusion GPS are “highly paid smear experts,” Halvorssen says in the testimony, a copy of which was obtained by The Daily Caller.

Alek Boyd, a former associate of Halvorssen’s, also became a target of Fusion after he too criticized Derwick.  Fusion spread the word that Boyd was a pedophile, a sex deviant and a druggie.

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From Fox News

“I believe that Fusion GPS’s business is to do basically whatever the paymasters tell them to do,” Alek Boyd, the Venezuelan journalist, told Fox News in his first American TV interview. “They are particularly good at spreading misinformation, disinformation and smears.”

Boyd says he was targeted after his 2012 reporting on Derwick Associates, a power company with close ties to the Venezuelan government. The company allegedly skimmed nearly a billion dollars from rigged contracts with the late Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez.

“It is my understanding that [Fusion GPS] were hired basically to smear Derwick opponents and to dispel any possible doubts that regular media may have had at the time,” he said.

Fusion GPS has a long history of advocating for Russia.  Bill Browder, a renowned human rights activist and top Putin enemy, testified to Congress about Fusion and their close ties to the Kremlin, including Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who is suspected of setting up Trump Jr in a meeting during the campaign.

From The Daily Caller

Browder described how Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, the same attorney that met with Donald Trump Jr. last year, used Fusion GPS to conduct a smear campaign against him.

“Veselnitskaya, through Baker Hostetler, hired Glenn Simpson of the firm Fusion GPS to conduct a smear campaign against me and Sergei Magnitsky in advance of congressional hearings on the Global Magnitsky Act,” Browder stated in his written testimony.

“He contacted a number of major newspapers and other publications to spread false information that Sergei Magnitsky was not murdered, was not a whistle-blower, and was instead a criminal. They also spread false information that my presentations to lawmakers around the world were untrue,” Browder said.

Browder’s testimony drew bipartisan praise, with California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, praising Browder’s account as “some of the best testimony I’ve ever heard.”

CNN is now facing criticism for assigning the story to reporter Evan Perez, a long time personal friend of the Fusion founders who is acting as their trial lawyer on CNN.  Perez worked with them at the Wall Street Journal and there are photographs showing Perez with Fusion founders after they formed the company in social settings.  CNN….The Most Busted news organization in America.

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