Fusion GPS Founder Refuses To Identify Dossier Clients In Marathon Senate Session

In a marathon interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, the co-founder of Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind the uncorroborated anti-Trump dossier, refused to identify the political clients that commissioned the salacious document.

Fusion GPS also stands behind the dossier, a lawyer for the firm said at the end of a 10-hour interview given by co-founder Glenn Simpson.

“Mr. Simpson told Congress the truth and cleared the record on many matters of interest to congressional investigators. He also kept the identities of Fusion GPS’ clients confidential,” Josh Levy, Simpson’s attorney, told The Daily Caller in a statement.

Simpson appeared for the interview after weeks of negotiations between his attorneys and the committee, which is one of three congressional panels investigation potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.

Fusion GPS’ dossier, which was compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, has been a key component in the investigations. The FBI has reportedly relied on it to form the basis of its collusion investigation, which is now being overseen by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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Fusion GPS reportedly first began investigating Trump in Sept. 2015 after being hired by a Republican donor who opposed the former real estate magnate. After Trump ascended to the GOP nomination, the Republican donor dropped from the project, but a supporter of Hillary Clinton’s stepped in to continue the investigation.

The firm hired Steele to ramp up the investigation. A former MI6 agent with an extensive background in Moscow, Steele relied upon his Russian sources for information about Trump’s various activities in Russia.

Steele’s sources claimed that the Russian government had blackmail material on Trump and have been cultivating him as an asset for years. The salacious claims have not been verified, and Trump has vehemently denied them.

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has led a one-man campaign to find out more about Fusion GPS’ role in crafting the dossier. He has expressed concern that the FBI relied on the document given that Fusion was working on behalf of Trump’s political opponents.

He has pressed Fusion GPS on various matters regarding the dossier, including who paid for it. He has also pressed Fusion over work it did last year for an alliance of Russians who opposed the Magnitsky Act, a sanctions law opposed by the Kremlin.

Two of the people in that alliance — Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya and Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin — attended the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr.

Some Trump backers have questioned whether Fusion GPS was sharing information with Russians who attended that meeting.

Despite all the questions raised about the dossier, Levy, the lawyer for Simpson, says that Fusion GPS stands by the information in the document.

“Today, a special counsel and three congressional committees are investigating ties between the Russian government and the Trump campaign. Fusion GPS is proud of the work it has conducted and stands by it,” Levy said.

“This investigation into Mr. Simpson began as a desperate attempt by the Trump campaign and its allies to smear Fusion GPS because of its reported connection to the Trump dossier,” he added.

Levy also suggested that the Judiciary Committee release a transcript of its interview with Simpson, which was conducted in private.

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Screw these useless Go NOWHERE Committee Hearings

(1) Impanel a grand jury
(2) Weigh factual evidence for indictment
(3) Indict
(4) Convict
(5) Sentence
(6) NEXT!!!!

Well put, Frankmusic.  Well put.

If Fusion GPS is so proud of the "work" it has conducted, as Levy so proudly claims, why did Simpson not divulged the names of their clients to the committee?  It was not a public hearing.

I did not expect anything good at all to come from any such Senate hearing.  That is a joke in itself. A hearing is supposed to provide something worth listening to, not pompous disregard for the truth.

Please tell me something. Is it that this Nation, the greatest single Nation the earth has ever produced, is not able to produce an Attorney General and a Department of Justice that is worth anything more than what you can discover by peering into a unflushed toilet?

Criminal as they both are, at least Holder and Lynch did something.   The last thing I ever saw Sessions do was to recuse himself, and then to gaze at the solar eclipse on Monday.  Is that it?

  Can I apply for this job? 

Sessions has been a complete disappointment imo. The establishment must really have some dirt on him to cause him to look the other way

I agree. Nobody can be that inept and negligent unless they are absolute worthless sluggards and bone lazy.

Sessions surely has walked barefoot through the cow pasture as a career political do nothing in the Senate, so the squishy stuff between his toes has undoubtedly been sniffed a time or two by others, and perhaps he is bone lazy as well.

In either circumstance, he needs to go home and stop stealing from those who truly do work at their jobs and pay taxes.   

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GOP Activist Investigating Hillary Clinton’s Lost Emails
Found Dead — Apparent Suicide By Black Plastic Bag Republican activist Peter Smith was found dead in his hotel room in May 2017 in Rochester, Minnesota.

The hotel staff found Smith with a black plastic bag on his head. He was trying to obtain Hillary Clinton’s lost emails.

UPDATE: Mueller and Congressional investigators have interviewed Smith’s acquaintances several times. Our sources say there is much more to this story.

The Wall Street Journal reported:

Peter W. Smith, a Republican political activist and financier from Chicago who mounted an effort to obtain former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers, died on May 14 after asphyxiating himself in a hotel room in Rochester, Minn., according to local authorities. He was 81 years old.

Mr. Smith’s body was found by a hotel clerk in the Aspen Suites hotel, located across the street from the Mayo Clinic, according to a Rochester Police Department report. An associate of Mr. Smith said that he had recently visited the clinic. A representative for the facility wouldn’t confirm if Mr. Smith was a patient.

Mr. Smith died about 10 days after an interview with The Wall Street Journal in which he recounted his attempts to acquire what he believed were thousands of emails stolen from Mrs. Clinton’s private email server. He implied that Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, then serving as the senior national security adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, was aware of his efforts…

…The police report said Mr. Smith was found by a hotel clerk with a plastic bag around his head attached tightly with black rubber bands. Mr. Smith “left documentation on why he committed suicide, medical records, his written obituary, and life insurance” on a table in his room, the report said.

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Massachusetts Man Arrested After Trying To Hire
A Hit Man On Twitter To Kill ICE Agents For $500

A 33-year-old lefty from Cambridge, Massachusetts named Brandon Ziobrowski was arrested Thursday after offering anyone on Twitter $500 to kill ICE agents.

Ziobrowski also expressed his desire to slit John McCain’s throat in several tweets.

FOX News reported:

A Massachusetts man was arrested in New York on Thursday after trying to hire a hit man on Twitter to kill ICE agents for $500 and sharing his desire to slit the throat of Sen. John McCain, federal officials said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts said that Brandon Ziobrowski, 33, from Cambridge, Mass. was charged with one count of use of interstate and foreign commerce to transmit a threat and injure another person for the alleged Twitter posts this year.

Federal officials said Ziobrowski tweeted a murder for hire solicitation to kill Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for $500, and repeatedly tweeted his desire to slit the throat of McCain, R-Ariz.

“The agents and officers out there enforcing federal laws are doing their job, plain and simple,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said at a news conference. “There is a difference between public debate and putting others in fear of their lives.”

Federal officials said Ziobrowski in March started tweeting threatening messages against federal agents that work for ICE.

On July 2, the 33-year-old allegedly tweeted: “I am broke but will scrounge and literally give $500 to anyone who kills ICE agent. @me seriously who else can pledge get in on this lets make this work.”

The Justice Department released a statement on the arrest of Ziobrowski:

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