Trump Dossier Creators 'Plead Da Fif' During House Intel Hearings

Tyler Durden's picture

Is it just us, or are the only people refusing to testify during Washington's ever-decreasing circle of Russiagate witch-hunting, the leftists who cast the largest aspersions in the first place?

Two of the co-founders of Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind the infamous Trump dossier, invoked their Fifth Amendment rights during a meeting with the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, a person familiar with the matter told The Daily Caller.

As a reminder, Fusion was working for an ally of Hillary Clinton’s last June when the firm hired Steele to investigate Donald Trump’s personal and business activities in Russia. The result is a 35-page document full of salacious and uncorroborated allegations about Trump and his campaign associates. The dossier has been cited by the FBI as part of its investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives.

Congressional Republicans have questioned the FBI’s decision to rely on the dossier given that its most sensational allegations have not been proved. They are also interested in who hired Fusion.

And now, during a meeting with the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, Thomas Catan (left) and Peter Fritsch (right), the two Fusion GPS partners, reportedly plead the Fifth “to every question asked of them,” the source says.

As The Daily Caller notes, the House panel earlier this month subpoenaed Fritsch, Catan and their fellow partner, Glenn Simpson, to discuss their involvement in the dossier, which was compiled last year by former British spy Christopher Steele.

In a letter to California Rep. Devin Nunes earlier this week, Fusion’s attorneys suggested that the three partners, all former Wall Street Journal reporters, would refuse to cooperate with the committee, citing First Amendment protections and confidentiality agreements.

It was unclear from that letter whether the Fusion partners planned to plead the Fifth, which protects witnesses from self-incrimination.

And now we know.. one wonders what they have to hide?

We look forward to hearing from House Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Ranking Member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on their thoughts about who in their investigation is forthcoming... and who is not.

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topspinslicer's picture

Guilty as sin -- on the bright side they have a future as fiction writers from jail

yrad's picture

If you are at a poker table and you don't know who the mark is...


CuttingEdge's picture

What a pair of complete cunts they look.

NoDebt's picture

Da Fif being, of course, the right to avoid self-incrimination.  So, yeah, they're guilty of something.  And they KNOW they're guilty of something.


boattrash's picture

Bring 'em here. They'll talk eventually, or never again.

eatthebanksters's picture

These fuckers are going down and they know it.

Keyser's picture

You mean like John Koskinen and Lois Lerner? Get back to me when either of these scumbags serve any time...

newdoobie's picture

you cant give testimony and right in the middle claim the fifth.

He has already spoken to the government during the investigation. So he can't plead the 5th, he is in contempt.


Just like Lois Learner

z530's picture

Very good observation but we know how that goes, especially in Lois Lerner's case.

lester1's picture

We know darn well the deep state queen Hillary paid for that fake dossier. Just one of her many crimes.. But she's above the law because she would expose the pedogate scandal if she ever was prosecuted. AG Jeff Sessions is terrified of Hillary.

Winston Churchill's picture

McStain was the original funder, and your tax dollars via the FBI paid the rest.

Only someone with a bigger brain tumor than HRC could come up with this BS.

Yog Soggoth's picture

How could anyone know who funded Fusion if they signed an NDA? That is where the fifth comes in. Trump sues everyone who repeated this for slander and it goes back to this carousel. In the end that would be the best route for Trump, because all of the sudden they would be forced to do some investigative journalism to not lose a lot of money. This could take some time, unless it is treated as a matter of national security by congress. Look how long this took, and it is still ongoing 

Fatal Courtroom Act Ruins Michael 'hockey stick' Mann ...
izzee's picture

and the rest of Congress too...thanks to DWS and the Awan Brothers, collecting dirt of every member since, what 2008 or was it earlier than that.

ich1baN's picture

I don't get it... how is none of this shit front page breaking news with special investigations and prosecutors set up left and right? Awan alone begs the question of our very Republic being blackmailed for years by a couple of IT staffers... wtf is going on with this? 

Why aren't we having daily prosecutions of these entirely corrupt and treasonous accusations that are based on some pretty credible evidence? How is it possible not 1 of these fucktards are in jail yet?

Automatic Choke's picture

There are only two possible conclusions:

    1)  the info here on ZH is totally fake doom porn meant to incite our bowels into an uproar, or

    2)  the system in WDC is completely and totally corrupt, and the corruption includes the major media outlets.


Of course, us trench trolls, laboring away to dutifully pay our taxes have no way of knowing which is whcih, other than to attempt to stay sober enough to judge the self-consistency of the shitstream being fed us by the media and the alt-media.    My personal interpretation is that, although ZH does like to play the doom-porn click-bait game, #2 above is far more likely.   It is a very sad and very dismal conclusion.   One must keep a low profile and hope that there is some chance that the corruption will out itself as the rats devour each other.   They can't fool all the people all the time, and even fooling all of the people some of the time is damn near impossible in the day of the internet. 

My advice is to ignore the trolls who try to spoil ZH with obnoxious comments, and hold on.  Don't stop questioning.

King of Ruperts Land's picture

Hmm. ZH does like the doom porn... But on a gut feeling I'll pick door number 2).

PS. Rodents won't take care of themselves. You have to kill them or employ a Cat (A bloodthirsty killer.)

Fish Gone Bad's picture

A good cat will kill anything small and moving, except for maybe ants.

markovchainey's picture

You're laboring under the impression that "the rule of law" still exists in this country.  It's deader than my sense of outrage.

FoggyWorld's picture

Yesterday's installments of George Webb's work show him trying to just get attention to the issue from Paul Ryan's office.  One would think that Ryan would be interested.

Instead, roadblocks are being put up every day by just about every congressional office.  Amazing.

TwelveOhOne's picture

Has Webb apologized for the stunt he pulled in the hotel?  That was the one where he said there were two thugs in the elevator and he was scared for his life, and many of his YouTube subs said they were short of breath waiting for the outcome; and, one sub (JohnnyT, I think?) even took a chain and went to "save" him, showing up on camera getting into his car...

If he's apologized for that show of theatrics, I might consider following him again.  Then again, he did describe himself and his partner Jason as being "two Jews" so perhaps theatrics is just part and parcel and I should "get over it".

I don't think I will.  But, if he's apologized, I might consider it.

FoggyWorld's picture

Awan started in the year 2000 according to the expert, George Webb.

Joshua2415's picture

Jeb Bush paid for it first.  Steel double-dipped with Hillary

Kidbuck's picture

If Sessions ain't, he's sure acting as if he is.

ich1baN's picture

How is this possible? They couldn't have been that clairvoyant to have Sessions get on board with Trump well before he was the favored candidate, could they? I think it is more likely that Sessions is under extreme duress, he seems very nervous any time he is on camera now (I know part of that is how his comments are taken out of context)... but to see that the # of pedos and sexual predators arrested in Trump's first month of office outnumbered an entire year under Obama, shows you something. 

It shows you that Sessions is likely not some mole like some here have posited, but rather he is just under duress from the Deep State and I'm sure they have some sort of blackmail (most likely concocted) just like they tried to conjure up on Trump... the whole Trump Dossier was blackmail to begin with created by the Dems. 

Someone will likely have to take a 'suicide' for the team, liberty, and the Republic to prevail - Sessions looks like he is going to wimp out... who is man enough to go balls to the wall exposing all of Hillary and Bill's evil web of Satanic Ritual Abuse and pedophilia network? Anyone in Congress?

MoreFreedom's picture

Perhaps the Clinton's obtaining all those FBI files on Republicans has something to do with Sessions behavior.

consider me gone's picture

The man wants to live. Really, can you blame him?

Blue Snowflake's picture

(((Fritsch)))? Most likely.

Catan? Not so sure.

SmackDaddy's picture

I demand an investigation into FDR's Russian collusion.  Why did we send the Judeo-Bolsheviks $12 billion worth of arms and materials so they could threaten the Germans who were trying to put an end to international communism?

Akzed's picture

Indeed, and why didn't France and England have a treaty to defend Poland against Russia too, and not only against Germany?

Of course, everyone's heard about the 80k ethnic Germans killed by Poles in Poland prior to the war, right?

Chandos's picture

Poland was getting very agressive before the war, especially with Col. Rydz-Smigly who, for all intents and purposes, was in charge of things.

They knew they could be bold against Germany because Britain had their back.

PeterLong's picture

Not to mention the recently coming to light of Polish intelligence deciphering of German intelligence being provided to England years before WW II began. It seems Poland grew tired of MI6 getting all the credit. I was just reading about the history of the Newcastle on Tyne area, came across a photo of an old tunnel in that area, and read that the tunnel was used as a bomb shelter after the British government in 1935 was pressing cities and towns to build them; bomb shelters; 1935.

Automatic Choke's picture

The story at the time was that "lend-lease", a program to ship a lot of WWI surplus stuff to BOTH Britain and USSR, was a very clever scheme to accomplish two ends:    1)  we would offload a bunch of obsolete hardware, so that when we entered the war, which FDR thought inevitable, we would tool up to build new good stuff, and 2)  the old obsolete stuff would be used to fight the germans for a couple of years by expending british and soviet lives rather than american lives.

It is either a devilishly evil plot, considered from the moral high ground, or a devilishly clever plot, considered from the self-interest of the USA, which was, after all, FDR's main job.   No matter how you figure it, it did whittle away dramatically at the german forces, and kept the USSR in the game, thus keeping Germany in a two-front war, and probably saving Britain's ass.  We waltzed in at the last minute, with considerably less expenditure of american lives than might have been otherwise, and with Britain on the rocks....taking over from Britain as world dominator during the surrender negotiations.  If it was really planned that way by FDR, then he really goes down as one of the great strategists of history.  Note that all this was arranged when the USA popular opinion was strongly against entering the war, so it was all double-talk and behind-the-scenes manipulation.

BTW:  There is a credible claim that the most important single factor in USA winning WWII was Grand Coulee Dam -- a huge public works dam on the Columbia river in Washington state.....generating enormous electrical power where there was really no demand, enabling huge processing plants for aluminum.  (at that time, aluminum was only refinable by very large expenditures of electrical energy, and thus was not really a common manufacturing material).   cheap and plentiful aluminum allowed the production of an unlimited number of cheap aircraft.

E.F. Mutton's picture

Vegas coverup ongoing, Russian collusion landing on Clinton's doorstep, Comey was a stooge for Clinton, Weinstein likely buggered underage girls...

And the only thing on the news is Trump Upset a Black Woman.  Look, Squirrel!

darteaus's picture

Rendition time!

Nobodys Home's picture

Nick Cage's rendition of Stagger Lee is awesome! Even though he seems really gay and weird.

markovchainey's picture

I'm laughing thinking of Nicholas Cage singing that!  

Nick Cave is who you're thinking of...Murder Ballads is a fantastic album.  And I agree with the "gay and weird" thing about both Nicks!

Mike Masr's picture

Funny how these fucking creeps plead the 5th and won't be appearing anytime soon before our Senate Judiciary Committee's McCarthyite panel.

Why funny you may ask? Because their appearance doesn't fit into the narrative and doesn't support their forgone conclusions. It also pours ice cold water on the solid proof discovered by the US Intelligence Services. Sounds like an oxymoron to me. A foregone conclusion based upon lies.  As the story above says, "The dossier has been cited by the FBI as part of its investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives"

This is the real reason why we have no repeal and replace of Obamacare and this is why Congress has accomplished absolutely nothing for the American people.  They have been working tirelessly as one senator on Fox News said. Yes, working tirelessly for the deep state. Our elected officials pursue the goals of the deep state and NOT the will of the American people!!! 

The deep state Russian witch hunt has taken precedence over everything else.


nmewn's picture

Trump should sue their sorry ass for slander. 

martygraw's picture

trump is guilty as shit hes a scumbag.

afronaut's picture

Trump is pretty good. Getting plenty done. fortunately, reversing Obamas marxist pro islam ideology

peippe's picture

guilty of what? exactly?

nmewn's picture

Anybody can sue for slander whether they're a politician or not. 

Many times the purpose of filing a lawsuit is not to win that particular case but to gain leverage somewhere else.

Capice counselor?  ;-)

Winston Churchill's picture

In England, but the US not so much.A public figure has little recourse,and even less redress in court.

As it should be.

Many people knew Robert Maxwell was a bankrupt fraud, but he had a great legal team that sued

at the first hint of the truth coming out.By demanding their court costs be bonded in advance,everyone backed


nmewn's picture

The "incident" in question (peeing Russian prostitutes) is claimed to have happened in 2013 when Trump was a private citizen and Melania (also a public figure) has already sued and won for the scurrilous attacks on her character. 

He can most certainly sue.

QQQBall's picture

Suit would involve discovery. I dont think Donnie wants to be deposed. ALthough didnt Obomber avoid deposition?

serotonindumptruck's picture

I was unaware of any Federal libel and/or defamation law, however there seems to be such a law.

The question as to whether or not any person(s) might be successfully prosecuted under such a law after pleading the Fifth remains to be seen.

There seems little doubt that "private citizen" Trump would likely sue the pants off of somebody for making these disgusting, scandalous allegations, however a "President Trump" might be limited in his course of action.