The cover up continues, accentuated by a blatant middle finger to our weak, feckless Attorney General who increasingly appears to be compromised and serving interests other than the President and the American people.
Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm responsible for the creation of the infamous Russia Trump dossier, has once again refused to comply with subpoenas for documents and testimony issued earlier this month by the House Intelligence Committee. They had sought testimony from GPS co-founders Glenn Simpson, Tom Catan and Peter Fritsch.
In a Monday letter to committee chairman Devin Nunes, Fusion attorneys stated that the subpoena seeking testimony from three of the company’s partners violates the corporation’s First Amendment privileges and would force it to break attorney-client privilege as well as other contractual obligations.
That’s how it goes with subpoenas. They are there to make people talk when they don’t want to. And since these clowns are refusing to honor the subpoena, the next step should involve civil or criminal prosecution, be it fines or the arrest of the three offenders. They’re likely complicit in some really nasty stuff against the President and that’s why they’re being so obstinate.
Their lawyer, Josh Levy, also contends that forcing Fusion GPS to comply with subpoenas would “chill any American running for office” from conducting political opposition research. It might have the effect of limiting the creation of files to the actual facts, instead of portfolios of false documents created for the purpose of harming the opponent. How chilling would that be?
Fusion GPS began investigating Donald Trump in September of 2015 on behalf of an unidentified Republican donor and was then picked up by the Clinton campaign once the Republican opposition had been eliminated. It was then that Fusion hired former British spy Christopher Steele, who got quite creative with his writing, including some fabricated Russia sexual allegations.
Levy told Nunes, “We cannot in good conscience do anything but advise our clients to stand on their constitutional privileges, the attorney work product doctrine and contractual obligations.” He added, “Should you compel any of our three clients to appear at the scheduled deposition, they will invoke their constitutional privileges not to testify.”
A congressional official responded to Fusion’s letter, telling The Daily Caller, “Fusion GPS is refusing to answer questions about the Steele dossier — that’s the bottom line. If they have nothing to hide, they should simply answer the questions, and then Congress can move on.”
Of course they have a lot to hide, or they’d be doing exactly what that official stated. At a minimum they’ve fabricated allegations against the sitting president of the United States that were used to smear him. We want to know, as do Nunes and other congressional Republicans, who paid for it, who else was involved, and the extent of the activities.
Nunes is particularly interested in learning the identity of Fusion GPS’ clients, Steele’s sources, and how much federal investigators relied upon the document to form the basis of the collusion investigation into Trump associates.
In August the company similarly ignored a Senate Judiciary Committee subpoena, which was later rescinded when Fusion called their bluff. It’s natural that they would stick with what worked for them before. Sessions needs to make it stop working.
Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has oversight over the DOJ and FBI, has said he is concerned that the FBI relied on the phony smear document as the basis for launching the Trump Russia, Russia, Russia witch hunt.
FBI officials reportedly cited the document in obtaining a FISA warrant against Carter Page, a low level campaign adviser. The FBI also reportedly agreed to pay Steele $50,000 to dig up more dirt on President Trump, likely under instructions from the Obama / deep state / shadow government apparatus. There is no known evidence indicating that the $50,000 was ever paid.
Chairman Nunes has also subpoenaed the compromised duo of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray, asking for information as to how much those agencies relied upon the dossier to form the basis of their Russia, Russia, Russia investigation. Predictably, in behavior similar to their comrades inside Fusion GPS, they’ve ignored him.
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