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

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?

Comments

Occident Mortal DownWithYogaPants Mon, 11/06/2017 - 17:28 Permalink

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.

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Thought Processor nmewn Mon, 11/06/2017 - 18:02 Permalink

  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.

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Mr. Universe booboo Mon, 11/06/2017 - 22:15 Permalink

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?

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chunga davinci7_gis Mon, 11/06/2017 - 17:10 Permalink

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.

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Chupacabra-322 trailer park boys Mon, 11/06/2017 - 18:09 Permalink

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.

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Thought Processor Chupacabra-322 Mon, 11/06/2017 - 18:27 Permalink

 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.

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chunga trailer park boys Mon, 11/06/2017 - 17:41 Permalink

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.

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trailer park boys chunga Mon, 11/06/2017 - 18:01 Permalink

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.

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GUS100CORRINA Bay of Pigs Mon, 11/06/2017 - 17:02 Permalink

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

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any_mouse Mon, 11/06/2017 - 16:52 Permalink

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.