Intel Committee Demands Fusion GPS Bank Records; Suspects Journalists Paid To Spread "Russian Collusion" Claims

Tyler Durden's picture

For nearly a year now we've all been inundated with 24x7 media coverage of the "Russian Collusion" narrative which suggests, among other things, that various members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russian operatives to obtain damaging information on Hillary Clinton and then used social media to spread that damaging information far and wide, thus causing Hillary's inevitable second failed bid for the White House.

That said, what if it wasn't the Trump administration, but rather the Hillary campaign and Democrats who were guilty of all the "Russian Collusion" crimes they've been screaming about for the better part of year now? 

Of course, we already know that it was Hillary's campaign and the DNC that paid for the Trump dossier (see: Hillary Clinton Lied, Paid For "Trump Dossier").  We also know that most of the sources listed in the dossier were based in Russia and include a "senior Kremlin official" as well as other "close associates of Vladimir Putin." 

Moreover, as CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell noted recently, it's highly likely that some portion of the funds paid to Perkins Coie by the DNC and Hillary campaign made it's way into the pockets of those "senior Kremlin officials" as compensation for their services.

In the dossier, Steele cites numerous anonymous sources, many of which work in the upper echelons of the Russian government.

 

The first two sources cited in the dossier’s first memo, dated June 20, 2016, are “a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure” and “a former top level Russian intelligence officer still active inside the Kremlin.”

 

A third source is referred to as “a senior Russian financial official.” Other sources in the dossier are described as “a senior Kremlin official” and sources close to Igor Sechin, the head of Russian oil giant Rosneft and a close associate of Vladimir Putin’s.

Now, according to a report from The Washington Times, Representative Devin Nunes, a California Republican and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, seems to have reason to believe that Fusion GPS, and therefore Hillary and the DNC, may have paid journalists to spread the Russian collusion narrative which looks increasingly like nothing more than a cleverly crafted myth.

The role of reporters is taking on added importance in federal court battles over the infamous Russia dossier that leveled unverified charges of collusion against the Donald Trump campaign.

 

In U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Fusion GPS, the dossier’s financier via the Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign money, is fighting a House committee chairman’s bid to find out if the opposition research firm paid journalists.

 

Rep. Devin Nunes, California Republican and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, signed a subpoena to force a bank to turn over Fusion’s financial records. He wants to know who paid for the dossier, which was written in a series of 18 memos by former British spy Christopher Steele. He relied almost exclusively on unidentified Kremlin sources.

 

Fusion went to federal court to block the move, but the law firm Perkins Coie LLP, whose partner Marc E. Elias is the Clinton’s campaign’s general counsel, intervened. It filed a letter acknowledging it had paid Fusion for the dossier on behalf of Democrats. Fusion and Mr. Nunes then worked out an agreement on access to some of the firm’s financial records.

 

But the dispute heightened again Friday as Fusion renewed its request for a judge to block the subpoena because Mr. Nunes wants more information. The widened net includes the names of journalists and law firms that Fusion might have paid.

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To our great 'shock', in court arguments Fusion did not deny making payments to journalists but simply cited First Amendment protection and confidentiality.

“It is contrived to substitute for the ridiculous notion that Intervenor [the House committee] can demand documents in an overbroad subpoena from a third party and not explain what it is looking for or why,” said a memorandum filed by Fusion’s law firm, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, for U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan.

 

“And they are not pertinent, as they are not related to Russia or Donald Trump,” Fusion argues. “In attempting to justify the overbroad subpoena earlier, Intervenor could have, but of course did not, argue the relevance to its inquiry of any such payments.”

 

In the court battle with Mr. Nunes, Fusion has likened itself to a group of journalists with all associated rights. Its founders include former Wall Street Journal reporters Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch.

All of which again raises the very obvious question of why a Special Prosecutor was required to investigate the Trump campaign on nothing more than a series of rumors while no such Special Prosecutor seems to be necessary to investigate the Hillary campaign even after her own general counsel admitted to the same "crimes" of which Trump was accused?

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Latina Lover's picture

Drain the swamp, then hang them high!

toady's picture

Follow the money. All this supposedly missing DNC money went somewhere...

chunga's picture

I got an idea.

Why don't we sew these guys eyes open and make them watch "Who Killed Seth Rich?" that was on OANN months ago. Then give a few months to unravel that and if they don't...it's tar and feather time.

Dilly Dilly!

davinci7_gis's picture

Once it comes out that all this Russian stuff is BS and that it was the Democrats that were doing all the dirt collecting, Trump needs to charge the DNC all fees and and time spent wasted by the FBI and Justice Department etc!

DownWithYogaPants's picture

Russian collusion narrative which looks increasingly like nothing more than a xxxxxcleverlyxxxxx  really shoddily crafted myth.

There.  Fixed it for you.  Seriously who could take such a crappy and transparent lie seriously.  All along I have maintained it was on the level of a 12 year old boy's lies.

Occident Mortal's picture

There’s a strong sharp smell of shit coming from this special enquiry.

I think Trump is supremely confident that his nose is clean on charges of election collusion.

Money laundering Oligrachy loot via Manhattan property and Deutsche Bank loans is another matter, but Trump was smart enough to bait and switch the special enquiry for something he knew would snag Hillary and not himself. Smart cookie that Teflon Don.

Theta_Burn's picture

Project Veritas/James O'Keef outted these jagoffs mths ago with footage of them admitting all this..and more

 

nmewn's picture

"U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan."

And guess who appointed her?

None other than our favorite Muslim-black-nationalist-socialist...Bareass Obama.

Thought Processor's picture

 

 

Real hard evidence of journalists getting paid to plug the false Russian hack narrative would effectively put a stake in the heart of the DNC.

 

The whole thing would come down.  No wonder they are stone walling.  

 

With all the murders now involved this could get real interesting- would be very hard for justice dept to sweep under the rug.

nmewn's picture

Yeah, I think we all know there is a "natural" quid pro quo with the Alinksy media but the bank records would seal the deal. 

Hell we might even find some well known RINO names like, David Brooks & George Will ;-)

booboo's picture

long ago when I still thought it was a two party system I though George Will was one of the most brilliant minds on Sunday talkys. Now he is just another deep state DC Butt Worm writing for the Tribe Review.

Mr. Universe's picture

What is disturbing to me is when I talk to the average person, say in the grocery line. It's always "Those dirty Republicans" spreading lies. The faithful on the left never own up to their leaders shortcomings. Nothing, I repeat NOTHING that has been said or reported exposing treachery is believed on either side. What is truth?

Miss Expectations's picture

Although they may have paid David Brooks & George will, I don't think they had to.  Who then?

auricle's picture

Like Gowdy has described in the past demands don't mean shit when you do not have the authority to see it through. 

auricle's picture

Does this demand come with the same weight as Maxine Waters demand that Trump be impeached? 

WTFRLY's picture

This is making me aroused

chunga's picture

One thing's for sure about Brazile's book, these dotards can't pretend they've never heard of Seth Rich like they've been doing for a long time. If they do they'll look like monkeys.

Playing around endlessly with minutia just ain't gonna cut...I'm talking to you red team. If you botch this thing, YET AGAIN, well fuck you. You're just as bad as the blues.

trailer park boys's picture

Donna Brazile brought up Seth Rich's name during her long interview with George Steffanopoulis on Sunday's ABC morning show. He looked a bit flustered that Rich's name was uttered on TV. Seth Rich - he who must not be named.

Chupacabra-322's picture

I wonder who ordered the murder of Seth Rich. Was it John Podesta?

Was it Hillary Clinton?

Was it Debra Wasserman-Schultz Awan?

A federal investigator who reviewed an FBI forensic report detailing the contents of DNC staffer Seth Rich’s computer generated within 96 hours after his murder, said Rich made contact with WikiLeaks through Gavin MacFadyen, a now-deceased American investigative reporter, documentary filmmaker, and director of WikiLeaks who was living in London at the time.

This explosive information was being suppressed by Criminal at Large James Comey...FUCK the Criminal FBI!

The Crimes leaks & irrefutable proof of Wikileaks, the Awan brothers, election rigging, voter fraud, violence incitement, pay to play with the CF, SUPER PAC violations, arms transfers to ISIS, 6 billion USD missing from the State Department, Benghazi at bare minimum requirement is Arrest, Indictment, Enprisonment, Trial, Conviction & Execution for Treason, Sedition, Crimes Against Humanity & Crimes Against The American People.

Thought Processor's picture

 

Don't think for a minute that all three- DWS, Hillary, and J. Podesta were not in on it as events unfolded.  Had to have been.   I wonder what they were able to extract from the Awan drives.  

 

The Seth Rich hit was with a .22 which in it's subsonic silenced variation is pretty quite and can easily be masked with another sound if needed.  Not great 'stopping power' but about as quite as a gun can get if that is really what is required.  And at 4am in D.C. down a back alley, quiet was certainly  the modus operandi.  

 

Some people need to go to jail for a long long time.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Thought,

Jail?

How about Execution for Premeditated Murder. For starters.

BidnessMan's picture

Jail time at a Club Fed like the one Weiner just landed in would be the ultimate insult to Justice, and to all the common folks wasting away in hard prisons for years on trivial charges.

It’s a big club, and you are not in it.

TwelveOhOne's picture

First we hang 'em, 'den we kill 'em!

Thought Processor's picture

 

 

When was the last Federal Execution I wonder...........   I would imagine that getting them to execute one of their own may prove difficult at best.  

 

I agree though that this would be a case that certainly warrents consideration of it though.  

11b40's picture

The Dems are basically broke, kept on life support by a few high rollers.

Scuba Steve's picture

Steyer's pizza party exploits need to be the next thing that is uncovered too ...

That guy has clown parties written all over him.

trailer park boys's picture

To the Pit of Misery with Hillary and fiends. Dilly Dilly!!

chunga's picture

If this goes nowhere they all belong in the pit of misery. Here they are connecting dots and timelines about a fake story of Trump going to Russia to get pissed on by prostitutes, while at the same time completey ignoring the disgraced DNC chair being afraid for her life over a "bothched robbery", something they voted unanimously sanction Russia over.

On top of that we've got Julian Assange waiting in the wings to offer proof this is all non-sense and they're all ignoring him too, including the maverick outsider, who also made believe he'd never even heard of the offer by Assange even though it was in LA Times, MSM for like 8 weeks while finding the time to tweet incessantly about "fake news" and football players. Then we've got the other disgraced DNC chair, Wasserman, threatening the capital police chief...without consequence...it is all preposterous and absurd.

trailer park boys's picture

If you listen to the interview with George Steffanopoulis on Sunday, Brazile said she 'feared for her life' and installed security cameras - not because of the Seth Rich murder that had just happened, but 'because Trump was tweeting and calling her names.' Donna, you feared for your life because you knew Seth Rich stole the emails and was murdered by DNC operatives. And you might be next for letting it happen under your watch.

williambanzai7's picture

It's easy to spot the Democrats, they leave a trail of dead bodies in their path.

Dancing Disraeli's picture

'Into the pit with those bloodthirsty sons-of-whores.'

InsaneBane's picture

It's all damage control..the DC swamp is deep and toxic. The presidency included..

Bay of Pigs's picture

The real life House of Cards.

The DNC is going down. So are some "journalists", and I use that term loosely. There is no stopping this now.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Intel Committee Demands Fusion GPS Bank Records; Suspects Journalists Paid To Spread "Russian Collusion" Claims

My response: I do not understand why getting to this point has taken so long. This step should have been done 6+ months ago.

The SWAMP CREATURES appear to be protecting their own. 

The DNC, the Clinton Crime Syndicate, various IC leaders like COMEY and OBAMA administration despots are going down. This process just has to move faster!!!!!!

DownWithYogaPants's picture

The Kennedy assassination and ensuing cover up at the highest levels of government suggests the real owners are quite powerful.  Given this assumption you can see why things behave the way they do. 

Consuelo's picture

 

 

With the fishes...?

No Time for Fishing's picture

The longer they wait, the slower they move, the better chance they have of Trump somehow being impeached or injured beyond action. The longer they wait, the slower they move, the more old crimes slip past various statutes of limitations. 

youngman's picture

You can bet your life that Trump wants this to go full speed ahead...one thing he hates is people trying to ruin his name...

new game's picture

i'd like to follow the rope til i see a dangling body with a cunt...

JRobby's picture

Impossible! Can't be!

0valueleft's picture

One way to drain something is to displace the water with something else. May I suggest lead for the swamp, I've heard it has propertys that can be poisonous, a 2 for.

new game's picture

this swamp has no bottom, just a firery inside where these evil fuks emerge from.

oh, thanks , fed, for the fiat to fund all this shit...

Wage Slave 927's picture

We're gonna need a bigger wall -- to line all these SOBs up against.

great_scot's picture

Who'd have thunk it?

One of the biggest wastes of time and resources in modern history.

Honest Sam's picture

Didi you know that you can triple your Internet speed with aluminum foil?

hardmedicine's picture

yeah, it actually works better with a metal cup hung over the antenna

 

Goldennutz's picture

But you must also put your tin foil hat.  

 

 

any_mouse's picture

The hubris. The entire system is corrupt.

Investigate and audit the Federal Reserve. Pull the loose main thread. Watch it all unravel.

Anything else is theater to keep people from thinking about the reality of the situation.