Clinton, Podesta And Others In Senate Crosshairs Over Dossier; Given Two Weeks To Respond

GOP Congressional investigators have written six letters to individuals or entities involved or thought to be involved in the funding, creation or distribution of the salacious and unverified "Trump-Russia dossier" believed to have been inappropriately used by the FBI, DOJ and Obama Administration in an effort to undermine Donald Trump as both a candidate and President of the United States. 

Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SCS) wrote six Judiciary Committee letters requesting information from: John Podesta, Donna Brazille, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Robbie Mook, the DNC, and Hillary For America Chief Strategist Joel Benenson.


A brief refresher of facts and allegations: 

  • The DNC and Hillary Clinton's PAC was revealed by The Washington Post  to have paid opposition research firm Fusion GPS for the creation of a dossier that would be harmful to then-candidate Donald Trump. 
  • Fusion commissioned former UK spy Christopher Steele to assemble the dossier - which is comprised of a series of memos relying largely on Russian government sources to make allegations against Donald Trump and his associates.
  • According to court filings, Fusion also worked with disgraced DOJ official Bruce Ohr, and hired his CIA-linked wife, Nellie Ohr, to assist in the smear campaign against Trump. Bruce Ohr was demoted from his senior DOJ position after it was revealed that he met with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson as well as Christopher Steele - then tried to cover it up. 
  • Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, denied under oath to the Senate Intelligence Committee that he knew about the dossier's funding, while Clinton's former spokesman, Brian Fallon, told CNN that Hillary likely had no idea who paid for it either. 
  • Current and past leaders of the DNC, including Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) also denied knowledge of the document's funding.
  • Podesta met with Fusion co-founder Glenn Simpson the day after the Trump-Russia dossier was published by Buzzfeed News. 

 

The Senate Judiciary Committee letters read in part: 

In October 2017, the Washington Post reported that Hillary for America and the Democratic National Committee had funded, via Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele's creation of a series of memos relying largely on Russian government sources to make allegations against Donald Trump and his associates. A letter from the law firm Perkins Coie acknowledged that, " [t]o assist in its representation of the DNC and Hillary for America, Perkins Coie engaged Fusion GPS in April of2016" and that "the engagement concluded prior to the November 2016 Presidential election

the Committee has been investigating the FBI' s relationship with Christopher Steele during this time his work was funded by Hillary for America and the DNC. The scope of our review includes the extent to which the FBI may have relied on information relayed by Mr. Steele in seeking judicial authorization for surveillance of individuals associated with Mr. Trump. It also includes whether any applications that may have been made for permission for such surveillance fully and accurately disclosed:

(1) the source of Fusion GPS's and Mr. Steele's funding;

(2) the degree to which his claims were or were not verified;

(3) the motivations of Mr. Steele, his clients, and his sources; and

( 4) representations about their contacts with the press.

The letter then goes on to list twelve questions - the last being a request for all communications between a list of 40 individuals or entities - including Christopher Steele, Bruce Ohr, Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, Glenn Simpson and former CIA Director John Brennan. 

The six recipients of letters have two weeks to comply with the following requests (note; "Hillary for America" is replaced by "the DNC" depending on who the letter is addressed to): 

1. Prior to the Washington Post 's article in October of 2017, were you anyone else at Hillary for America aware of Mr. Steele's efforts on behalf of the Clinton campaign to compile and distribute allegations about Mr. Trump and the Russian government? If so, when and how did you first learn of his activities on the campaign's behalf? Please provide all related documents.

2. Did you or anyone else at Hillary for America receive copies of any of the memoranda comprising Mr. Steele's dossier prior to its publication by Buzzfeed in January of 2017? If so, how and when? Please provide all related documents.

3. Regardless of whether you or your associates received copies of the actual memoranda, did you or anyone else at Hillary for America otherwise receive information contained in the dossier prior to Buzzfeed publishing the dossier in January of 2017? If so, how and when? Please provide all related documents.

4. Did you or anyone else at Hillary for America receive other memoranda written or forwarded by Mr. Steele regarding Mr. Trump and his associates that were not published as part of the Buzzfeed dossier? If so, how and when? Please provide all related documents.

5. Did you or anyone else at Hillary for America distribute outside of the organization any o f the dossier memoranda, information contained therein, or other information obtained by Mr. Steele? If so, please list who distributed the information, what was distributed, and to whom it was distributed. Please provide all related documents.

6. Did you or anyone else at Hillary for America communicate with any government officials - whether in the executive, legislative or judicial branches - regarding the dossier memoranda, information contained therein, or other information obtained by Mr. Steele? If so, please list the parties involved in the communication, the content of the communication, and the date and means of the communication. Please provide all related documents. References such as "anyone at Hillary for America" include all of Hillary for America's officers, employees, contractors, subcontractors, advisors, volunteers, and, of course, Secretary Clinton herself. Mr. Podesta January 25, 2018 

7. Did you or anyone else at Hillary for America instruct, request, suggest, or imply that any individuals should pass along information to Mr. Steele or his intermediaries? Please provide all related documents.

8. Did you or anyone else at Hillary for America communicate with members of the press regarding the dossier memoranda, information contained therein, or other information obtained by Mr. Steele? If so, please list the parties involved in the communication, the content of the communication, and the date and means of the communication. Please provide all related documents.

9. Did you or anyone else at Hillary for America inform Secretary Clinton of Mr. Steele's efforts, whether by name or not, or of the allegations he was spreading? If so, who and when? Please provide all related documents.

10. Were you or anyone else at Hillary for America aware of Mr. Steele's contacts with the FBI or other government agencies prior to the 2016 election? If so, who? When and how did you or they become aware? Please provide all related documents.

11. Did you or anyone else at Hillary for America encourage, whether directly or through intermediaries, Mr. Steele to initiate or continue contacts with the FBI or other government agencies? If so, who and when? Please provide all related documents.

12. For the period from March 2016 through January 2017, please provide all communications to, from, copying, or relating to: Fusion GPS; Bean LLC; Glenn Simpson; Mary Jacoby; Peter Fritsch; Tom Catan; Jason Felch; Neil King; David Michaels; Taylor Sears; Patrick Corcoran; Laura Sego; Jay Bagwell; Erica Castro; Nellie Ohr; Rinat Akhmetshin; Ed Lieberman; Edward Baumgartner; Orbis Business Intelligence Limited; Orbis Business International Limited; Walsingham Training Limited; Walsingham Partners Limited; Christopher Steele; Christopher Burrows; Sir Andrew Wood, Paul Hauser; 4 Oleg Deripaska; Cody Shearer; Sidney Blumenthal; Jon Winer; 5 Kathleen Kavalec; Victoria Nuland; Daniel Jones; 6 Bruce Ohr; Peter Strzok; Andrew McCabe; James Baker; 7 Sally Yates; Loretta Lynch; John Brennan.

Letter to John Podesta (links to all can be found here): 

Comments

J S Bach d edwards Sat, 01/27/2018 - 10:21 Permalink

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Satan's favored couple has been dodging justice for over 4 decades now.

When the blaze from the witch's pyre lights the sky... then write an article about it and I'll take notice.

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TruthHammer Troll Magnet Sat, 01/27/2018 - 11:16 Permalink

They already have the evidence, they are requesting the guilty turn it over, when they refuse they will subpoena it, when they don't turn it over under subpoena, they will all be charged with obstruction, after which the evidence they already have will be made public, after which come the top tier charges, abuse of power, color of law, sedition, treason.

 

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MagicHandPuppet TruthHammer Sat, 01/27/2018 - 11:20 Permalink

2 weeks, LOL.  If they thought the MagicHandPuppet did something illegal, there would be no warning before the swat team showed up.

 

Freaking bastards do not even hide the fact that this is a class system - and the political class has VERY SPECIAL privileges that us plebes can only dream about.

Meanwhile, the Clintonistas get to Lawyer-Up while getting their story in sync, ready for a fake "trial" that leads to a fine and public slap on the wrist.

Enough dilly dally already.  Lock them all up under the R.I.C.O. act as well as for sedition!

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fleur de lis SickDollar Sat, 01/27/2018 - 12:26 Permalink

There is more than enough information now for the FBI to pounce -- if they wanted to -- which they don't.

Two weeks is a long time for Clinton & Co. to hold crisis conferences and come up with stories that they will all agree upon.

Rest assured they are rehearsing every day for the biggest, Oscar award winning performances that America has ever seen.

The MSM will be the movie reviewers and will be biased in favor of their most very favorite actors and actresses.

It will be the best performance the DC Swamp ever produced.

It will be interesting to watch our slave masters keeping a straight face whilst spinning tales under oath, and obfuscating, filibustering, and changing the subject at will. 

Expect a lot of "what is is," a lot of Russian spy stories, a lot of dementia-level memory loss, all while they are picking up fabulous .gov paychecks and bennies.

Do not expect any of them to spend a day in jail -- maybe a few fines but they can easily pay those since they will be somehow someway billed back to the taxpayer anyway.

In a really perverse way, we are paying for a movie.

Oh, the fabulousness of it all.

We have the obnoxious, sleazy, over paid lead performers(Clinton & Co., and the DNC); we have the supporting actors ( FBI ); we have the theatre (Congress); we have the admission fee (taxes); and we have the silver screen -- the TV and internet.

Opening night is in two weeks!

 

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MagicHandPuppet SethPoor Sun, 01/28/2018 - 09:47 Permalink

Dear Clintonistas,

Whichever one of you did not get the invitation for the immediate 2-week retreat has already been determined to be the PATSY.

May your forthcoming "suicide" executed by your masters be swift.

Meanwhile, you may want to stay in large groups of people at all times. Keep far away from any large bodies of water, pillows, and nail guns.  Never go jogging alone, or anywhere for that matter.  Avoid construction sites like the plague - especially where concrete is to be poured.  Stay out of gyms with heavy weights.  Avoid wood chippers - hell, avoid all heavy machinery.  Avoid cars and planes (boats already covered by avoiding large bodies of water).  Keep all of your skin covered and protected at all times.  Only eat at randomly selected fast food restaurants.

Oh hell, you're screwed.

Sincerely,
MagicHandPuppet

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tyrone fleur de lis Sat, 01/27/2018 - 19:12 Permalink

"....There is more than enough information now for the FBI to pounce -- if they wanted to -- which they don't...."

 

No hurry... let the guilty ones sweat awhile.  Meantime, they do these sorts of information gathering forays, knowing all of their wrongdoing beforehand, looking for the fool who decides to lie or stonewall.  Then the fibby will bring those in, squeeze them, show them the evidence, refresh them of the law, the penalty and watch them crumble, perhaps offer them leniency in return for information.  THEN.. watch them cough up NAMES/PLACES of all the rest they know are complicit, in an effort to save their own skins. 

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Luc X. Ifer Zorba's idea Sat, 01/27/2018 - 23:10 Permalink

If American right spectrum is good at something now, I have to give them kudos on it, that's prosecution and punishment. Not like softie lefties judges, if you face a right leaning judge then peeing your pants waiting for verdict shouldn't be a shameful act. As of this reality I'm sure that if prosecution phase is initiated and proceeded with, Clintons anf camarilla would be made an historical example of how communist fascism is getting dealt with by good old America.

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archie bird fleur de lis Sun, 01/28/2018 - 07:28 Permalink

Brilliant.  You're right.  THis is nothing more than a dog and pony show for the taxpayers. Along with this whole 'Q' distraction, it is quite entertaining.

The 'strongly worded letter' is just that. A STRONGLY WORDED LETTER we've seen this WHOLE plot before.

It has no teeth.

The bad actors are probably laughing their asses off. The only thing the congressional committee can do is 'invite' the bad actors to make testimony under oath.  Which they'll promptly refuse. Done and DONE. 

I'm guessing this whole show will continue up until re-election time so Trumpy can get re-elected.  But then again(both sides), steal elections anyways(on those easily-hackable-and-proven-so, electronic voting machines that are outdated) I don't know why they even need 'us' anymore.

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swmnguy new game Sat, 01/27/2018 - 15:30 Permalink

I agree.  Nothing is going to come of this.  Mostly because nothing unlawful is even alleged or suggested in this "investigation," or the letter, or any of the hyperventilating coverage.  

An anti-Trump GOP donor hired Fusion GPS.  Then Hillary's campaign hired them.  Fusion GPS hired Christopher Steele.  Steele turned over his report, and took it to the FBI.  The FBI checked it out.  Though they've never said anything that I've heard, they either found nothing or weren't sure exactly what they found.  Along the way the sleazier parts of the report, all hedged in suitable weasel-wording to limit liability, were leaked to the press, who gleefully reported smut as they always will, out of context, without the disclaimers and qualifying weasel-words.

Yes, it's gross, but not even remarkable, much less all that interesting.  Looks like nothing unlawful or illegal happened.

So no, nothing will come of this.

People claiming this is some new depth to which the Deep State has sunk are at best hopelessly naive and haven't been paying attention from birth until now.  It's just that usually, FBI and DOJ sleaze has been directed against people right-wingers don't like.  Now the shoe's on the other foot, they don't like it.  Kind of hard to care too much about that.

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Occams_Razor_Trader swmnguy Sun, 01/28/2018 - 08:43 Permalink

The CIA was used by the Ohrs to manufacture the dossier, Fusion GPS was a subcontractor, and allowed to do a query search of classified information, to GENERATE and CREATE the dossier! Filtering it back to  the UK so it looks like it came from a legitimate source.

That's the big story and weaponizing the CIA against a political oppoent and continuing as the opponent transitions to President elect?? That there is sedition AND High Treason.

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