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The Republicans’ Fake Investigations

  1. The Republicans’ Fake Investigations


    By GLENN R. SIMPSON and PETER FRITSCHJAN. 2, 2018

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    A generation ago, Republicans sought to protect President Richard Nixon by urging the Senate Watergate committee to look at supposed wrongdoing by Democrats in previous elections. The committee chairman, Sam Ervin, a Democrat, said that would be “as foolish as the man who went bear hunting and stopped to chase rabbits.”

    Today, amid a growing criminal inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, congressional Republicans are again chasing rabbits. We know because we’re their favorite quarry.

    In the year since the publication of the so-called Steele dossier — the collection of intelligence reports we commissioned about Donald Trump’s ties to Russia — the president has repeatedly attacked us on Twitter. His allies in Congress have dug through our bank records and sought to tarnish our firm to punish us for highlighting his links to Russia. Conservative news outlets and even our former employer, The Wall Street Journal, have spun a succession of mendacious conspiracy theories about our motives and backers.

    We are happy to correct the record. In fact, we already have.

    Three congressional committees have heard over 21 hours of testimony from our firm, Fusion GPS. In those sessions, we toppled the far right’s conspiracy theories and explained how The Washington Free Beaconand the Clinton campaign — the Republican and Democratic funders of our Trump research — separately came to hire us in the first place.

    We walked investigators through our yearlong effort to decipher Mr. Trump’s complex business past, of which the Steele dossier is but one chapter. And we handed over our relevant bank records — while drawing the line at a fishing expedition for the records of companies we work for that have nothing to do with the Trump case.

    Republicans have refused to release full transcripts of our firm’s testimony, even as they selectively leak details to media outlets on the far right. It’s time to share what our company told investigators.

    We don’t believe the Steele dossier was the trigger for the F.B.I.’s investigation into Russian meddling. As we told the Senate Judiciary Committee in August, our sources said the dossier was taken so seriously because it corroborated reports the bureau had received from other sources, including one inside the Trump camp.

    The intelligence committees have known for months that credible allegations of collusion between the Trump camp and Russia were pouring in from independent sources during the campaign. Yet lawmakers in the thrall of the president continue to wage a cynical campaign to portray us as the unwitting victims of Kremlin disinformation.

    We suggested investigators look into the bank records of Deutsche Bank and others that were funding Mr. Trump’s businesses. Congress appears uninterested in that tip: Reportedly, ours are the only bank records the House Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed.

    We told Congress that from Manhattan to Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., and from Toronto to Panama, we found widespread evidence that Mr. Trump and his organization had worked with a wide array of dubious Russians in arrangements that often raised questions about money laundering. Likewise, those deals don’t seem to interest Congress.

    We explained how, from our past journalistic work in Europe, we were deeply familiar with the political operative Paul Manafort’s coziness with Moscow and his financial ties to Russian oligarchs close to Vladimir Putin.

    Finally, we debunked the biggest canard being pushed by the president’s men — the notion that we somehow knew of the June 9, 2016, meeting in Trump Tower between some Russians and the Trump brain trust. We first learned of that meeting from news reports last year — and the committees know it. They also know that these Russians were unaware of the former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele’s work for us and were not sources for his reports.

    Yes, we hired Mr. Steele, a highly respected Russia expert. But we did so without informing him whom we were working for and gave him no specific marching orders beyond this basic question: Why did Mr. Trump repeatedly seek to do deals in a notoriously corrupt police state that most serious investors shun?

    What came back shocked us. Mr. Steele’s sources in Russia (who were not paid) reported on an extensive — and now confirmed — effort by the Kremlin to help elect Mr. Trump president. Mr. Steele saw this as a crime in progress and decided he needed to report it to the F.B.I.

    We did not discuss that decision with our clients, or anyone else. Instead, we deferred to Mr. Steele, a trusted friend and intelligence professional with a long history of working with law enforcement. We did not speak to the F.B.I. and haven’t since.

    After the election, Mr. Steele decided to share his intelligence with Senator John McCain via an emissary. We helped him do that. The goal was to alert the United States national security community to an attack on our country by a hostile foreign power. We did not, however, share the dossier with BuzzFeed, which to our dismay published it last January.

    We’re extremely proud of our work to highlight Mr. Trump’s Russia ties. To have done so is our right under the First Amendment.

    It is time to stop chasing rabbits. The public still has much to learn about a man with the most troubling business past of any United States president. Congress should release transcripts of our firm’s testimony, so that the American people can learn the truth about our work and most important, what happened to our democracy.

    Glenn R. Simpson and Peter Fritsch, both former journalists, are the founders of the research firm Fusion GPS.
     
  2. It seems the evil republicans are at it again...:D
     
  3. Because treason is in Republican DNA.
     
  4. After more than a year of investigation, exactly what do you have to show that Trump colluded with the Russians to throw the election to him. Be specific.
     
  5. Two guilty pleas, four indictments with more to come with obstruction of justice and money laundering charges to come for the great pedo himself.
     
  6. Ummm, oooooooookaaaaaaay.

    As if Simpson and his wife have any credibility any longer. Nice try, though. Thanks for playing.
     
  7. “our sources said the dossier was taken so seriously because itcorroborated reports the bureau had received from other sources, including one inside the Trump camp.“

    I wonder if they are speaking about Corallo when they say “one inside the camp.”

    I don’t know much about this guy, just he resigned after Trump wrote Don Juniors second cover up for the meeting with Russia.

    Lots of these guys are going to jail. What are we up to now 4 in about one year? That’s really good for such a large, wide ranging investigation.

    Mueller and his team are doing an excellent job. Congressional Republicans, not so much.
     
  8. I must agree. If congressional Republicans were doing their job Hillary and all her crime syndicate would be in jail where they so rightfully belong.
     
  9. Again, show me where Trump was directly implicated. You can't and you know it.
     
  10. Yeah, that’s the prevailing group think that is totally disconnected from reality among the right wing types.

    As more and more revelations about the Trump campaign’s involvement with Russia you guys get more and more deep into the rabbit hole. I just wonder if you realize how ridiculous you sound and don’t care or if you’re just oblivious.
     
  11. So far Trump has not been implicated with Russian interference in our election, that we know of —— yet.

    Trump’s biggest problem he is personally facing is obstruction of justice. Firing Comey and going on tv and telling on himself was historically stupid. At least Nixon tried to withhold the tapes. Trump went on tv and snitched on himself.

    Who knows what other dumb corruptions he has done since then. I wonder if Sessions is going to flip on him.
     
  12. No, as always, his biggest problem is all the bullshit charges that Mueller will bring to compensate for the fact that he cannot get him on obstruction of justice.

    As I have said many times, bring it on in regard to the obstruction of justice prosecution. Mueller has seen some big defeats on the big cases, while getting minor convictions at the edges. If he wants to add to that record while giving trump a clear victory on that issue then I am more than ready to watch that. And, as I have also said may times, everything is always scary and ballsy with Mueller on the big cases until a prosecution actually starts and he has to deal with a real defense team.

    He will kneecap one or more of the Trump kids because he is just functioning like a rogue Sicilian Mafia goon now, who wants to hurt a family member if he can't score a bill kill. His step-son buddy there Comey and his beloved agency which he set out to protect are also getting destroyed along the way with much more to come. You think Trump shot himself in the foot with that Comey episode? Howz Comey making out? He thought he could leak documents and get a special prosecutor appointed and then just sit back and watch everyone restore Comey to his prior grandeur. Not going that way is it? Everyone is seeing him and the agency he ran as a political hack operation. One of the worst FBI Directors in history, and the IG's report hasn't even come out yet, and the IG sees his scumbag operation for what it was.
     
  13. You also said the dossier was the catalyst for the fbi investigation into the Trump campaign. Sit down.
     
  14. You have seen it and it was not relied upon by the fbi for anything?

    And you have seen the supporting documentation presented to the fisa court?
     
  15. “Don’t be a stupid.”
     
  16. So, that's a no then. You haven't seen either of those.

    Thank you for confirming the obvious.

    And indeed. Don't be a stupid.

    Feel free to check back when you have that information.
     
  17. I’m the guy that doesn’t get his information from Jim Jordan or his news from Russia Today. You need to check yourself. You know you’ve been hanging your hat on that dossier for a long time and got smacked right across your nose with that New York Times report.

    Things are moving fast now. Fusion is putting pressure on the senate to release the transcripts of their hearing while Grassley has gone into hiding. Bannon is moving against Trump too.

    A lot of the public arguments to defend Trump are crumbling quick.
     

  18. I see. The New York Times has given us all the real story. giggle.

    Jim Jordan and others are doing the best they can to understand why the FBI is working so hard to not disclose the dossier and answer questions about the FBI's involvement with it. Ditto for the legal documents that were submitted to the FISA Court to support the request for a warrant.

    What do you suppose the remedy for that problem is? If you are arguing that the speculation about the dossier is wrong and they are actually withholding it and obstructing justice to prevent some other shady story from being revealed, then both Jim Jordan and I will acknowledge that. But the reason is not pretty, whatever it is. Most likely it implicates Rosenstein too.

    Thank you for confirming once again the need to appoint a special prosecutor to find out what is really going on. Keep playing hardball with the Oversight Committee and giving them the finger. See if that helps.
     
  19. Trumps power base is crumbling, the deep state argument is a joke. His friends say he is barely literate and stupid and you’re following him and believing his bullshit. The investigation into the Trump campaign is real, it’s serious and it’s moving forward despite the idiots in congress like Jordan and Nunes and Fox flunkies.

    The Party’s over. All of this deep state nonsense is for weirdos and losers.
     


  20. I see. So, again, that's a no as to whether the dossier and fisa records have been released.

    You crow about the fact that Mueller is moving ahead but congress is not. Maybe that's because the dossier/fisa records and other evidence are being withheld and other obstruction of justice whereas Mueller has the power to just go to court and get it, ya think?

    Just another way of confirming that an independent counsel to investigate the fbi and camp Clinton is needed. Then tell me whether things are moving along.

    As I said a while ago, I can agree that there might be other putrid reasons why the fbi does not want the dossier/fusion records released or explored further- beyond allegations about being used to get a fisa warrant. The nature of obstructing justice is that you don't know fully. You just know they have a powerful need to make sure that sunlight does not reach what they are hiding.

    They could for example be using fbi money to pay fusion which ends out being used to pay journalists to write fake news. Just sayin. It is not beyond possibility.
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/fusion-gps-paid-journalists-court-papers-confirm/article/2641454
     
  21. You’re totally lost in space. This stuff you’re arguing is crap being pushed by idiots and sycophants. Give it up.
     


  22. The article is based on information found in court documents filed with the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia. So the "idiot and the sychophant" there- also known as the judge- can decide whether that "crap" exists or not.