Hermitage Capital Founder Testifies That Fusion GPS (Trump Dossier Creator) Worked For Russian Government

Tyler Durden's picture

A few weeks ago we wrote a post entitled "How Hermitage Capital, Ziff Brothers And The Clinton Global Initiative Prompted The Trump Jr. Meeting."  To make a long story short, there is a long-standing feud between the founder of Hermitage Capital, William Browder, and the now infamous Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, who met with Trump Jr. last summer.  Browder, on the one hand, lobbied in favor of the Magnitsky Act after being expelled from Russia under controversial circumstances while Veselnitskaya has made it her life's mission to repeal the Magnitsky Act.

So, when Democrats decided to haul Browder before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, they likely expected the anti-Russian witness to confirm that Russian intelligence was behind the Summer 2016 meeting between Veselnitskaya and Trump Jr. and that the meeting really had nothing to do with the Magnitsky Act but rather was a carefully-plotted, nefarious attempt to collude with the Trump campaign to steal the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton. 

Unfortunately, at least for the Dems, he failed to deliver.  In fact, Browder delivered the exact opposite message from what the Democrats had hoped for as he confirmed that the Trump Jr. meeting was entirely linked to Veselnitskaya's life mission of repealing the Magnitsky Act. 

But, Browder offered up an even more interesting tidbit of information, a tidbit that has been completely ignored by the mainstream media, that served to undermine the left's entire 'Russian collusion' narrative when he confirmed that Fusion GPS, the now infamous firm behind the 'Trump Dossier', was actually being paid by....wait for it....the Russians.

While we're certainly not experts on the intricacies of international espionage, it does seem weird that if your sole mission in life is to 'collude' with the Trump administration to defeat Hillary Clinton that you would simultaneously fund research intended to undermine the Trump campaign and then share that information with the FBI.

Here is the relevant exchange between Lindsey Graham and William Browder:

Graham: You believe that Fusion GPS should of registered under FARA, because they were acting on the behalf of the Russians?


Browder: That’s correct.


Graham: So, I just want to absorb that for a moment. The group that did the dossier on President Trump hired this British spy, wound up getting it to the FBI. You believe they were working for the Russians?


Browder: And in the Spring and Summer of 2016 they were receiving money indirectly from a senior Russian government official.


Graham: Okay. So, these are the people that were trying to undermine Donald Trump by showing the nefarious ties to Russia. Is that what you’re saying?


Browder: Well, what I’m saying with 100% certainty is that they were working to undermine the Magnitsky act and the timing of that.


Graham: But, the Fusion GPS products apparently as they hired a guy to look into Trump?


Browder: Yes.


Graham: Right.


Browder: Correct.


Ironically, as Sarah Sanders pointed out at yesterday's White House press briefing, not a single reporter from the mainstream media, the folks that have reported on 'Russian meddling' 24/7 for the past year, bothered to ask a question about this new evidence that the Russians conspired to undermine the U.S. election....wonder why?

“You guys love to talk about Russia. There’s been nonstop coverage, and the one day that there might have been a question on Russia, there wasn’t. 


“Today there was public testimony that further discredited the phony dossier that’s been the source of so much of the fake news and conspiracy theories, and we learned that the firm that produced it was also being paid by the Russians."


“This is yet the latest piece of evidence that vindicates what the president has said: that this is a witch hunt and a hoax. And it’s a shame that the president and the country have had to go through this charade continually. And hopefully this will help us move forward in that process."

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me123me's picture

Like i have been saying all along its going to be Democrats indicted and not Repulicans. 

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Hermitage Capital Founder Testifies That Fusion GPS (Trump Dossier Creator) Worked For Russian Government

My response: All of this crap is going to cycle around and land right smack in the lap of the DEMOCRATS!!


Pumpkin's picture

I don't think RIP in HELL is even possible.  May they just go to HELL.

knukles's picture

Well there's another candidate for a mysterious 20 back of the head shots from the nail-gun suicide
So hows about those new Judiciary Committee hearings?
The Dims were playing "dirty" politics
Whoda thunk

Son of Loki's picture

I like Sanders. She rips a new one into the media almost every second conference. Of course, she is obviously light years more intelligent then they are.

macholatte's picture


Of course it makes perfect sense that not only Putin, but every leader of every .gov on planet earth would want Hitlary as POTUS because she can be bribed and has a long history of accepting bribes. It’s that simple.


TheReplacement's picture

Think further than that.  I'll bet that this was a play by Putin himself.  If she had won he'd be able to bribe her.  Of course, she's never had nukes before so that would have been hopeful speculation.  If it ended up playing out the way it seems to be then I would guess that Putin transferred the role to someone in the Kremlin he wants to be rid of.  If the identity of the person can be established then Putin can fire him.  Then if the USSA can try and convict the cabal both sides can get together and sing kumbaya.


Creative_Destruct's picture

Symmetrical, multidimensional  intelligence strategy, Putin style.

And I think there's a good possiblity that the Dims will see blowback from opening this Russia can of worms.

The public is getting VERY desensitized to all this Trump smearing.

And as a consequence they may be primed for disgust for the sanctimoniuos hypocrisy revelaed when the Dim-wit--ocrat's Russia ties are more clearly exposed.

That is, if the MSM doesn't successfully do their paid job of distracting the masses.

NotApplicable's picture

Too bad she wore a green dress on TV, as that is the only thing being discussed about this press conference.

Cheka_Mate's picture

Bill Browder is parasite scum.  This guy comes from a family of communists who relocated to the US after destroying Russia.

 He moves back to Eastern Europe via London to buy up Russian assets for pennies on the dollar from starving Russian families selling their state company shares in the street.

He makes millions, isn't satisfied so he goes for the Russian natural gas companies which the Oligarchs told him were off-limits.  Oligarchs kick him out of the country, and he cries "(((Human Rights Violations)))"

Did I mention his mentor Edmond Safra died under suspicious circumstances?

And he renounced his US citizenship to save on taxes.

Black-Man's picture

And you just described every oligarch in Russia past (Yeltsin) and present. So what?

phatfawzi's picture

Trump should request a prime time spot to deliver a message to the American people.  Catch the main stream media with their pants down and only talk about this. They have to cover it and they will not cut it off. At the end tell muller to go suck a dick. 

bonin006's picture

Just change the words: Roast In Perpetuity

michelp's picture

"May they just go to HELL."

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as HELL.

It's all happening here and now (or not).

It's up to us to make HELL to them NOW.


GreatUncle's picture

On Graham has he just realised he has been played like the rest of us?

That seems to be the implication of what he is observing.

just the tip's picture

graham has not been played.

graham has been playing for the wrong side.

by choice.

eatthebanksters's picture

Graham is like Mcshitstain....they both have fucking hard on for Trump becasue he beat them like a fucking drum at their own game and he wasn't even one of them.  Lindsay Graham proved he was an immature stooge the day he blew up and released Trump's mobile phone number on live TV...the same number that Trump then trned into a fundraising number!  Ha!!  Mcshitstain is a miserable and bitter old fucker who is pissed that he never could be called POTUS.  He voted no on the skinny repeal just to fuck Trump.  As much as I don't like the guy I don't wish his disease on him or anyone else, but the fact is, and he knows it. he probably won't be around this time next year.  To bad he won't see Trump win re-election in 2020 and won't be able to see Trump go down as themost successful POTUS ever.  That's fucking irony and schadenfreude mixed together.

Tarzan's picture

Well, actually, it was Trump who revealed Grahm's cell number to the publc, and it was a brilliant move!

PADRAEG's picture

EATTHEBANKSTERS, great analysis, on point all the way. 

ONE quibble> Trump will never be a better president than Reagan. Of course it was a different world, with some honesty from a few MSM. As much as TRUMP is better in this swamp, facing down USSR was not the right role for Trump. Facing Pukin, as he entraps the poor boy, is exactly Trump's role. IF we can block SWIFTs for RF sovereigns and criminals, and get more weapons to Ukraine's fighters (hint NOT Porky) Pukin is gone in weeks. We will then find Ukraine overpowers what remains of Soviet Empire in the next few years!

looseal's picture

But when information is given that doesn't conform to expectations that truth is usually rejected.

In an investigation, fact are like puzzle pieces.  But a picture of the puzzle is guessed before completion.  Then facts are obtained to meet the expected results.  That's not what is supposed to happen but it's human nature to do that.

I fully expect them to push aside that tid bit of information.  

Dr. Engali's picture

Yeah right. The press will be all over this condemning the democrats and their treachery.

TheReplacement's picture

On this alone?  No.  This will be layed at the feet of the Russians and FGPS.  Only if there is any hard evidence to show the Dems were knowingly colluding will it get worse.  Either way, it is still Blame The Russians for tricking those poor democrats just like it was Blame The Russians for the DNC and Podesta emails.  It didn't matter what was in the emails, only the blame for them being stolen (leaked). 

I think the Awan thing is going to not only expose the democrats but it will be global and it will suck in the CIA and what really happened with ISIS and opium and selling uranium To The Russians.


OverTheHedge's picture

Going by the zh article the other day, it would seem that the Awan team were more like feral criminal chancers than hardcore espionage experts. Too many fingers in too many illicit pies. They seemed to behave more like gypsies that had lucked into a profitable scam than super agents for a foreign country. I have only the one article to base my opinion on, though, so it could all be disinformation, made up, or just wrong. However, there would seem to be plenty of normal crimes, like mortgage fraud, theft etc to throw at them, so I am not currently confident that they will bring down the house of cards.

Hope very much that I am wrong.

bionicknees's picture

Fusion GPS was a contractor and would work for whomever would pay them like the FBI and or the Dumbocrats.

FoggyWorld's picture

Not sure the FBI paid them but they certainly deferred to GPS' examination of those "hacked" DNC computers that Debbie WS refused to turn over to the FBI.  She claimed GPS had done the examination needed and we are learning day by day now just how unreliable her word is.

DjangoCat's picture

Didn't know Fusion GPS was involved in the DNC leaks.  Core people here to keep an eye on.

Demologos's picture

I think you meant CrowdStrike examined the DNC computers. CrowdStrike is the shady cyber security company run by some mook from the Atlantic Council. Fusion GPS is a paid disinformation shop.

nmewn's picture

Its like a thermonuclear warhead just went off in Maxines brain ;-)

lordbaldric's picture

How much damage can a nuke do in a vacuum though?

knukles's picture

Well at least no one can hear her scream for God's snakes!

nmewn's picture

I guess its par for the course, we've been screaming at the bots that WHATEVER the progs are accusing others of, they are actually doing.

And so it is with Russians and vacuumed brains ;-)


bonin006's picture

It can do a lot of damage to the container, fortunately.

Dumpster Elite's picture

And that's a hard thing to do with a Homo Erectus brain.

just the tip's picture

maxine has a brain?

are you sure?

booboo's picture

Who's on first

Slippery Slope's picture

Browder is a damned liar.

He got kicked out of Russia for tax evasion.

opport.knocks's picture

Browder is a proven liar. Before he got chased out or Russia, he also got chased out of the USA for tax evasion.

No doubt the CIA took notes, liked his balls and skills and decided to team him up with the Harvard boys to establish a crony Capitalist state in Russia, just like 'merica.

Brazen Heist's picture

Shit's getting pretty raciss.

Anything to do with Russia or Russians....and these horsehit guzzlers leave it at that, as if that's meant to scare people, while Rome burns from within thanks to these same assholes...

Rick Cerone's picture

Herr Browder is a good Nazi.

Mountainview's picture

Browder is a Yeltsin-Early oligarchs guy---angry as hell to have lost his beef to the Siloviki after Putin arrived at the Kremlin. Russian don't care, who lives in the White House. They only care about their own agenda.

CanadaGoose's picture

It would have been better for the democraps to be quiet and wait for Trump's term to end.  All this smoke they are generating means there is fire there in the democraps ranks.

Seal_Of_Approval's picture

More proof yet no coverage from the MSM......this is to wear out Trump and at least distract from completing his objectives.

ALSO: Dems actions (and possibly Reps passiveness) serve as an example to not f**k with the establishment and completely put off any ambitions of another outsider trying to make it in. It's their game and only they want to play it. Meanwhile and unfortunately, the US is going to sh*t with repurcussions that will be felt over 20 years this time with all that's happening on the economic side and baby boomer retirees.

Good luck everyone, you're gonna need it

MickV's picture

Bullshit. Fusion GPS Paid by Democrats and Never Trump Republicans. 

mc888's picture

...on 2 seperate occasions.

At least if this guy is lying to Congress under oath, his story is enough to warrant further investigation. Which should open their books and expose exactly who paid for what. Unless of course, the DNC/Ukie spooks like Crowdstrike destroy the evidence first.

sogra's picture

Now it all makes sense: The ZOMG RUSSIA hysteria has been total projection. It's like some crazy ex-girlfriend that was cheating on you, yet always on your ass about cheating on her, when there was no evidence or indication of that ever happening. These dumbasses are just doing it collectively. Fellas, let's grab some popcorn.

GreatUncle's picture

Makes more sense if the girlfriend calling you out for cheating was screwing some other guy and creating the argument to pretend "I am the one hard one by here".

gregga777's picture

Trump needs to keep up his tweets that prove that the Crony Capitalist CONporate Mainstream FAKE NEWS Media are propaganda outlets and liars of the first order.

GreatUncle's picture

Yep ... the tweets really stir the shit and in this world it casts a light on the other players.

This article on Graham, trying to figure out if he has just realised he has been played all along.

You are either 1.) in the gand or 2.) out the gang.

THORAX's picture

And the whip comes down! HARDER DONALD! HARDER!