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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OMG!! -> Government Now Wants To Seize Your Car For Going 5MPH Over The Limit

We’ve discussed this on and off for several years now. Civil asset forfeiture is a legal process that allows the government to seize assets and cash from citizens without any due process or judicial oversight.

You don’t even have to be charged with a crime. You are assumed guilty unless you can somehow prove your innocence.

Of course, not everyone has this ability… if you aren’t local, state, or federal law enforcement, this is called stealing, and you go to prison.

But the government is actually a bigger problem than common thieves.

A 2015 report showed that law enforcement used civil asset forfeiture to steal more from US residents than every thief, robber, and burglar in America combined.

About $4.5 BILLION worth of cash, cars, homes, and other property is taken by civil asset forfeiture each year – hundreds of millions more than common criminals steal.

And it happens at every level. Your local cop can use civil asset forfeiture just like your state trooper. And then any one of the armed agents of the US government—from the FBI to the Fish and Wildlife Service—can rob you for whatever reason they want.

This travesty continues to grow because the cops who take your stuff get to keep it. Police departments and government agencies around the country depend on civil asset forfeiture to boost their budgets.

Cops will literally keep some of the cars they take as squad cars. And they make a fortune auctioning off the houses, boats, and anything else they confiscate.

Obviously this gives cops an incentive to steal, whether or not they actually think the property was used in a crime, or acquired illegally. Remember, civil asset forfeiture adds billions every year to their bottom line.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case of civil asset forfeiture.

Tyson Timbs was convicted of selling a small amount of drugs to an undercover police officer. He was sentenced to house arrest, and paid about $1,200 in fines.

But then police used civil asset forfeiture to take his $42,000 Land Rover which Timbs purchased with money from a life insurance policy after his father died. The money did not come from selling drugs, or any other illegal activity.

Timbs sued, and the case made its way to the Supreme Court, because every lower court in Indiana said the forfeiture was perfectly legit.

The case revolves around whether or not the seizure of the Land Rover was an excessive fine under the 8th amendment, and whether or not this protection against excessive fines applies to state governments.

And the public got some crazy insight into the government’s position.

The Indiana Solicitor General was arguing in favor of civil asset forfeiture when Justice Stephen Breyer asked him a hypothetical.

Breyer asked, if a state needs revenue, could it force someone to forfeit their Bugatti, Mercedes, or Ferrari for speeding? Even if they were going just 5 miles per hour over the speed limit?

And the utterly appalling answer from the Indiana Solicitor General was, yes.

That’s right… the official government position is that they can steal any amount of your property in “connection” with any crime whatsoever, no matter how trivial the crime may be… even exceeding the speed limit by 5 miles per hour.

This is how overbearing and authoritarian the government has become in the land of the free.

This is how much power your local cop has… and the power only grows as you go to state, and federal officials.

If there is any solace in any of this, it is that the other Supreme Court Justices were reportedly laughing at this exchange.

The justices seemed incredulous that Indiana’s top lawyer was using such absurd assertions and flimsy reasoning in his arguments.

So, for now, we can keep our cars if we get pulled over for speeding. But that may not always be the case…

Depending on how this is ruled, it could pave the way for even more egregious abuses of power… or it could curb the practice, and reign in these thieves in uniforms.

Just understand where the government is coming from. These politicians, bureaucrats and officers think they can do whatever they want. Absolutely anything goes, with no limitation whatsoever.

And that makes it a little tough to feel like you really live in the land of the free.

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