WSJ Asks "Who Paid For The 'Trump Dossier'?"

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Authored by Kimberley Strassel via The Wall Street Journal,

Democrats don’t want you to find out - and that ought to be a scandal of its own...

It has been 10 days since Democrats received the glorious news that Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley would require Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort to explain their meeting with Russian operators at Trump Tower last year. The left was salivating at the prospect of watching two Trump insiders being grilled about Russian “collusion” under the klieg lights.

Yet Democrats now have meekly and noiselessly retreated, agreeing to let both men speak to the committee in private. Why would they so suddenly be willing to let go of this moment of political opportunity?

Fusion GPS. That’s the oppo-research outfit behind the infamous and discredited “Trump dossier,” ginned up by a former British spook. Fusion co-founder Glenn Simpson also was supposed to testify at the Grassley hearing, where he might have been asked in public to reveal who hired him to put together the hit job on Mr. Trump, which was based largely on anonymous Russian sources. Turns out Democrats are willing to give up just about anything—including their Manafort moment—to protect Mr. Simpson from having to answer that question.

What if, all this time, Washington and the media have had the Russia collusion story backward? What if it wasn’t the Trump campaign playing footsie with the Vladimir Putin regime, but Democrats? The more we learn about Fusion, the more this seems a possibility.

We know Fusion is a for-hire political outfit, paid to dig up dirt on targets. This column first outed Fusion in 2012, detailing its efforts to tar a Mitt Romney donor. At the time Fusion insisted that the donor was “a legitimate subject of public records research.”

Mr. Grassley’s call for testimony has uncovered more such stories. Thor Halvorssen, a prominent human-rights activist, has submitted sworn testimony outlining a Fusion attempt to undercut his investigation of Venezuelan corruption. Mr. Halvorssen claims Fusion “devised smear campaigns, prepared dossiers containing false information,” and “carefully placed slanderous news items” to malign him and his activity.

William Browder, a banker who has worked to expose Mr. Putin’s crimes, testified to the Grassley committee on Thursday that he was the target of a similar campaign, saying that Fusion “spread false information” about him and his efforts. Fusion has admitted it was hired by a law firm representing a Russian company called Prevezon.

Prevezon employed one of the Russian operators who were at Trump Tower last year. The other Russian who attended that meeting, Rinat Akhmetshin, is a former Soviet counterintelligence officer. He has acknowledged in court documents that he makes his career out of opposition research, the same work Fusion does. And that he’s often hired by Kremlin-connected Russians to smear opponents.

We know that at the exact time Fusion was working with the Russians, the firm had also hired a former British spy, Christopher Steele, to dig up dirt on Mr. Trump. Mr. Steele compiled his material, according to his memos, based on allegations from unnamed Kremlin insiders and other Russians. Many of the claims sound eerily similar to the sort of “oppo” Mr. Akhmetshin peddled.

We know that Mr. Simpson is tight with Democrats. His current attorney, Joshua Levy, used to work in Congress as counsel to no less than Chuck Schumer. We know from a Grassley letter that Fusion has in the past sheltered its clients’ true identities by filtering money through law firms or shell companies (Bean LLC and Kernel LLC).

Word is Mr. Simpson has made clear he will appear for a voluntary committee interview only if he is not specifically asked who hired him to dig dirt on Mr. Trump. Democrats are going to the mat for him over that demand. Those on the Judiciary Committee pointedly did not sign letters in which Mr. Grassley demanded that Fusion reveal who hired it.

Here’s a thought: What if it was the Democratic National Committee or Hillary Clinton’s campaign? What if that money flowed from a political entity on the left, to a private law firm, to Fusion, to a British spook, and then to Russian sources? Moreover, what if those Kremlin-tied sources already knew about this dirt-digging, tipped off by Mr. Akhmetshin? What if they specifically made up claims to dupe Mr. Steele, to trick him into writing this dossier?

Fusion GPS, in an email, said that it “did not spread false information about William Browder.” The firm said it is cooperating with Congress and that “the president and his allies are desperately trying to smear Fusion GPS because it investigated Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.”

If the Russian intention was to sow chaos in the American political system, few things could have been more effective than that dossier, which ramped up an FBI investigation and sparked congressional probes and a special counsel, deeply wounding the president. This is all to Mr. Putin’s benefit, and the question is whether Russia engineered it.

If Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Democrats and the media really want answers about Russian meddling, this is a far deeper well than the so-far scant case against Mr. Trump.

If they refuse to dive into the story, we’ll know that the truth about Russia and the election was never what they were after.

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knukles's picture

Kimmy Strassel is Epic
And the Journal seeds the nugget on the op-ed page by a lady usually focused upon S America.
Uh huh
Betcha it's the first chink in the Establishment armor.
Sooner or later, one of the big MSM is gonna turn into a supporter for sake of survival.

Keep the investigations active, drag enough hooks through a swamp and some really interesting shit of past administrations will magically appear.

Son of Loki's picture
Excellent author! The Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech Hardcover – June 21, 2016

by Kimberley Strassel

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Intimidation-Game-Left-Silencing-Speech/dp/145559...

El Oregonian's picture

BREAKING: Rut-Row... THE WORM NOW TURNS...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssDjEjPjoZw

Gowdy Drops Bomb on Deep State Roaches! Payback!

AFTER THE READING IN CONGREE JUST CLICK OFF AS IT GOES INTO AN AD. BUT THE MAIN POINT IS THIS WAS READ INTO THE RECORD AND NOW THE GAUNLET HAS BEEN THROWN DOWN.... ABOUT TIME!

Creative_Destruct's picture

"What if, all this time, Washington and the media have had the Russia collusion story backward? What if it wasn’t the Trump campaign playing footsie with the Vladimir Putin regime, but Democrats? The more we learn about Fusion, the more this seems a possibility."

BLOW-BACK'S A BITCH!!

It's called symmetrical intelligence... hedging your bets..

Putin's one smart ex KGB sneaky-ass mo-fo who wanted dirt on both sides (BOTH Trump and Clinton) so that whoever was elected he'd have leverage.

So... send, thru a network of untracable (back to Putin) intermediaries, Russian sources to put out false dirt on Trump, that can reflect badly on EITHER Trump or Hillary: Trump if the phoney dossier is somehow given credibilty, Clinton if the dossier is recognized as phoney AND the sources colluded with her people and are traceable to her campaign. Win-Win for Putin.

Like him or not, this is one SMART SOB.

MFL5591's picture

My money is on McCain /Graham /Clinton/ Bush!  One in the same!

SILVERGEDDON's picture

The Dog Fuckerey is strong in this one, Obi Trump. 

The Daily Westerner is a Democratic fake news spam site topped off with more malware and viruses than a Mexican hooker. 

mc888's picture

First clue: nobody in the West calls themselves a "Westerner".

Jballsquared's picture

To you and all your spawn who cannot post a comment without invoking the jooooooos. I know a lot of jews. They go to their middle to lower class jew jobs and raise their jew kids and live their jew lives. Not a fucking one of them has an inside track to world domination nor any priveleges I can spot.

While I get your point on their oversampled representation at the top of the pyramid, and israels outsized influence on Yankee diplomacy, facts are powerful white people or powerful black people will tribe up with their own. And the .0001% of joos who run everything really do have fuck all to do with the rest of the tribe. Anymore than white christian RINOs represent the heartland farm folk.

It makes you all look fucking retarded by anyone with a IQ over 90. You need a better argument or you need to shut the fuck up.

NiggaPleeze's picture

I've met a lot of these "middle to lower class jews" ... wait, no, I know a lot of middle to upper class Jews.  And yes it's only the top tiers who do the really awful things (as is typical as only the top echelon in any large group makes the actual decisions), but these "middle to lower class jews" fully enable and support them.  If you point out the falseness of the Holohoax, they attack you.  If you point out the crimes of Israel, they attack you.  If you point out how their co-tribalists dominate various industries (media, banking, but not Noble Prizes), they attack you.  If you point out how the leaders of the various "liberty" movements were virtually all co-tribalists (and have an eerie similarity with the Protocols), they attack you.

So like it or not these "middle to lower class jews" are the foot soldiers of the top Jews, much like the lower class Americans are foot-soldiers for the top top Americans.  And they do get some payback for their loyalty, even if it's not millions of dollars.  (Hint:  they do not report  Census data on Jews because, well, the don't want you to know how many of these "lower class jews" there are, or are not - and we all know that US is one of the wealthiest countries, and therein lies a reward.)

ChartRoom's picture

You're thinking of Mary O'Grady, who does excellent work reporting the dictatorial corruption of Central American banana republics that claim they are not.

Kim Strassel covers the dictatorial corrupt DC almost exclusively, on its way to putting the other banana republics to shame.

NoDebt's picture

Libs always accuse others of that which they have already done themselves.  100% of the time, without exception.

 

Tallest Skil's picture

The liberal cries out in pain as he strikes you.

FlKeysFisherman's picture

The liberal cries out in pain as he strikes you.

 

LOL

NoDebt's picture

"The liberal cries out in pain as he strikes you."

That's fucking fantastic.

 

HRClinton's picture

The (((liberal))) cries out in pain as he strikes you.

So does the (((neocon))).

FIFY

bigkahuna's picture

One in the same then? Or perhaps neither exists - just a bunch of tribalists making their own rules as they go...

 

edit: making up their own (((bullshit))) as they go...

BlackChicken's picture

Exactly ND. Textbook hypocrisy.

nmewn's picture

Without exception.

From registering as a foreign agent to represent Russian banks while in the employ of the Hillary campaign to Uranium One deals to kickbacks into the Clinton Foundation from Russian Uranium One deals that enriched billionaires by multiples of millions.

They always accuse their opponents of what they are actally ass raping someone else over...to include their own "healthcare".

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Wut...two down voters believe your DC overlords should have better "healthcare" than you...and why would that be? ;-)

Boris Badenov's picture

Whoa wait, who registered as a Foreign Agent? Not anybody associated with Clinton.

Am I wrong?

NoDebt's picture

Same two down-voters who dinged me, nmewn.  Don't sweat it.  If you don't have a few enemies on here you're not trying hard enough.  And remember, they're your most loyal readers.

 

 

bigkahuna's picture

The huff has sent all of their shills as of late. They have sent their statists, their racists, their life long losers - to come and talk bs and make everyone look bad with their extreme ignorance.

NoDebt's picture

And I love smacking the living shit out of every one of them at my leisure.  Most of them it's like shooting paper targets at the range.  Not even a challenge.

 

 

Longus Dongus's picture

Except it's not Libs, it's neocon Hillbots. There hasn't been a liberal in the Democratic Party since they ousted Dennis Kucinich with a rigged primary.

nmewn's picture

lol...what was Kucinch' position on "gun control"...it was slightly "illiberal" wasn't it?

http://www.ontheissues.org/2008/Dennis_Kucinich_Gun_Control.htm

Normalcy Bias's picture

That's Clintonian Politics 101, supposedly taught to them by their former handler/cleaner/dirty tricks bag man, Larry Nichols.

HRClinton's picture

(((Libs))) always accuse others of that which they have already done themselves.  100% of the time, without exception.

FIFY

tyberious's picture

It's called redirection and projection.

Yen Cross's picture

  I think I hear Saul Alinsky whistling across the graveyard.  --- nope,,, just a bunch of Jackasses/

francis scott falseflag's picture

See, GM, the alliance between the msm, the neocons, and the dems 

is starting to melt like the morning dew.

nmewn's picture

Follow-The-Money.

Ass, gas or grass...nobody rides for free ;-)

DosZap's picture

What If?, surely you jest it's A FACT.

loveyajimbo's picture

Very likely this was all a Wasserman-Shits operation... that is why the fugly bitch is so desperate to get her laptop back...  Keep your eyes on the muzzy maggot Awan clan and their prosecution... it may end up the scandal of the decade...

 

Nutin_nice's picture

Scandal of decade if it gets out to MSM. My local newspaper and local news stations have made ZERO mention of this story.

nmewn's picture

"We know that Mr. Simpson is tight with Democrats. His current attorney, Joshua Levy, used to work in Congress as counsel to no less than Chuck Schumer. We know from a Grassley letter that Fusion has in the past sheltered its clients’ true identities by filtering money through law firms or shell companies (Bean LLC and Kernel LLC).

Word is Mr. Simpson has made clear he will appear for a voluntary committee interview only if he is not specifically asked who hired him to dig dirt on Mr. Trump. Democrats are going to the mat for him over that demand.

>>>Those on the Judiciary Committee pointedly did not sign letters in which Mr. Grassley demanded that Fusion reveal who hired it."<<<

LMMFAO!!!

There's too much trooof telling! We will not sign on to Mr.Grassley's attempts to gain da tooof!!!...lol.

Right-on Left-off's picture

There's too much trooof telling!

None of this, nothing from the Dems nor the MSM was ever meant to find any truth.  From the start, back before the election or even somewhere prior to Machiavelli, it was never about the truth but about political equity.

nmewn's picture

Yes, they know it and we know it.

But there really is no other way to prove to anyone that you have caught rats unless you show the "unbelievers" those dead rats ;-) 

FoggyWorld's picture

John Podesta had and may still have serious business dealings with Russia.

nmewn's picture

I would think so, he (along with his brother) being registered foreign agents would raise the interest of any "normal prosecutor" looking into foreign influence on our...ahem..."democracy"...lol...but we don't have a normal prosecutor, we have Mueller the Inquisitor who gained that status by palace intrigue if we were to frame it precisely (but it was a felony actually) committed by...Comey...when he stole government documents, made by his own hand, then gave to a civilian for the expressed purpose of damaging a sitting President who had just fired him for incompetence AND gaining Mueller the Inquisitor the imprimatur of ANY authority.

Xredsx's picture

Russia ain't smart enough, but the British are really clever.

vato poco's picture

LOL. you familiar with the names Philby, Burgess, Blunt, McLean, and Cairncross? the brits are ... after they were discovered to be russkie moles ... 

Twee Surgeon's picture

Most of who were Upper Crusty, not too far from the Aristocracy line, Oxbridge trained (Just like Bill.) Marxists.

At least 2 were gay. Not one of them would have known how to run a shovel, lay a Brick or punch a clock, sons of Bankers or not far from and they were going to make the world right for the workers ? Yeah, right.

And let's not forget a few Americans who worked for the Russkies... Allegedly.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_and_Ethel_Rosenberg

Dumpster Elite's picture

"If they refuse to dive into the story, we’ll know that the truth about Russia and the election was never what they were after."

Uhhhhhhhhh, yeah....please tell me that you don't seriously think that the Dems, the MSM, Mueller, Comey, and the RINOs, think that there is a "Russia connection." This is ALL ENTIRELY a soft coup...to get rid of Trump. He was never invited to the party (along with those who voted for him.)

dirty fingernails's picture

I'm  not sure if its a coup attempt or bringing Trump to heel. I'm sure they'd love to have Pence, but Trump is a great lightning rod/polarizer. No way will the peons unite with him leading.

World Cash Day's picture

KIM - IT WAS JOHN MCCAIN.

The same numpty "NEVER TRUMPER" working with the Clinton Crime Cabal (with Comey & McCabe) against the Republican candidate!

DavidFL's picture

Well - I for one would just be shocked to find out the Democrats are the guilty party -absolutely  shocked and horrified!

Ol Man's picture

"What if, all this time, Washington and the media have had the Russia collusion story backward?"

 

Well, DUH!!!

 

This is why all of the election count investigations were shut down, as well as why the "Russian" connection has gone no where.  Any serious investigation exposes the fact that the democrats were more guilty than the republicans (yes they are both guilty).

Golly gee,  It has been very apparent that the democrats pulled out all of the stops on this one and violated many laws during their election "engineering".  And after they lost, they were so amazed, that they demanded investigations, thinking the Republicans would be exposed for worse.  OOps!!!  Then they had to shut it down before they were exposed in a manner not easy to dodge.

I don't believe there is a single element of government worth saving. 

We are at the "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,"  stage right now... 

Maybe, some day, enough will wake up to realize this...

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