Grassley: Fusion GPS Testimony "Extremely Misleading, If Not An Outright Lie"

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has accused Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson of giving "extremely misleading" testimony that may have been an "outright lie" regarding his post-election work conducting opposition research on the Trump matter. 

Of note, when Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) asked Simpson if he was still being paid for work related to the dossier, Simpson refused to answer

So you didn’t do any work on the Trump matter after the election date; that was the end of your work?” Schiff asked.

Simpson responded, saying: “I had no client after the election.

where we do have actual evidence of misleading testimony in Committee interviews, we should treat it seriously. For example, when the Committee staff interviewed Glenn Simpson in August of 2017, Majority staff asked him: “So you didn’t do any work on the Trump matter after the election date, that was the end of your work?” Mr. Simpson answered: “I had no client after the election.” 

As we now know, that was extremely misleading, if not an outright lie. -Sen. Chuck Grassley

“Contrary to Mr. Simpson’s denial in the staff interview, according to the FBI and others," Grassley notes, "Fusion actually did continue Trump dossier work for a new client after the election."

Grassley also noted comments made by Senate Intelligence Committee staffer Daniel Jones, who is conducting an ongoing, private investigation into Trump-Russia claims is being funded with $50 million supplied by George Soros and a group of 7-10 wealthy donors from California and New York.

This effort was originally revealed in February and reported on by The Federalistafter a series of leaked text messages between Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and lobbyist Adam Waldman suggested that Daniel J. Jones - an ex-FBI investigator and former Feinstein staffer, was "intimately involved with ongoing efforts to retroactively validate a series of salacious and unverified memos published by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent, and Fusion GPS."

In short, Jones is working with Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele to continue their investigation into Donald Trump, using a $50 million war chest just revealed by the House Intel Committee report.

Simpson was commissioned by the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign to perform opposition research on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. Through their efforts they recruited former MI6 spy Christopher Steele to compile the salacious and unverified "Steele Dossier" used in part by the FBI to apply for a FISA surveillance warrant on Trump campaign aide Carter Page. 

“So, despite the fact Mr. Simpson said he had no client after the election, he in fact did, and that client revealed himself to the FBI,” Grassley said.

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DoctorFix valerie24 Wed, 05/30/2018 - 05:45 Permalink

It's amazing isn't it?  When in fucks sake does "extremely misleading" finally become an outright lie?  When someone says they haven't been sleeping around and their spouse then finds out that they have they don't simply say, "Oh, you've been extremely misleading about your whereabouts"!  They call a spade a spade and say, "You lying sack of shit!"

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iinthesky bobbbny Tue, 05/29/2018 - 22:12 Permalink

True.. when was the last time someone was prosecuted for Treason? For Sedition? How about 18 USC § 2385 - Advocating overthrow of Government? How about Treason: Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death......

How about everything under 18 USC 115:

Build a gallows on the White House lawn! 

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SWRichmond ebworthen Tue, 05/29/2018 - 20:37 Permalink

I want to know what the FBI is doing about all the guys with suspicious names playing hockey for the Washington Capitals: Orlov, Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, Burakovsky...my God, man, they're playing for the CAPITALS in Washington DC!!

Holy fuck, do something!  I heard a rumour that one of them was in a San Francisco bathhouse at the same time as Adam Schiff!  Or was it sitting in the next booth at a McDonald's?

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nmewn LetThemEatRand Tue, 05/29/2018 - 20:41 Permalink

Yes.

That and actual full blown felonies, like using the Deep States spying apparatus for unmasking citizens for purely political purposes, after having submitted known false evidence into a federal court proceeding, entrapment, obstruction of justice, perjury and admitting to stealing classified government documents on the way out the door while his pals in the Alinsky Nuuuz Media call them..."memos" ;-)

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nmewn LetThemEatRand Tue, 05/29/2018 - 21:23 Permalink

Ah yes, temptations, the temptation of authority. If only the last president (and his cronies) could have but restrained himself/themselves, we would be in much a better place.  

Which points to the real issue at hand, doesn't it...will this one? And what does that say about the character of the former who didn't? In all honesty, could you blame him if he went full-on Stasi on their ass, unleashed the full authority of office on them?

I wouldn't hesitate, not for a second. Not for a moment. Retribution, revenge, is a dish best served cold as ice. 

You know I would, these criminals should be grateful (not sad) that it didn't work on him, it could be much worse and it's not over.

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Raisin Hail Tue, 05/29/2018 - 20:30 Permalink

Oh so you mean someone in the political arena lied? Is this the first time this has ever happened? Million to one odds he is never charged with perjury. And if he is it will not stick either with a conviction nor an appropriate sentence.

NoWayJose Tue, 05/29/2018 - 20:39 Permalink

“I had no client” is intentionally vague - if you get that answer the number you have to follow up with “even without a client, did you do any work on the dossier”

Rich Monk Tue, 05/29/2018 - 21:28 Permalink

This is exactly how corrupt politics works. Act like you are accusing the opposing party of a crime in front of the media, then afterwards go out and have a great big steak, lobster, Bourbon chow down, with these same political "criminals"  and laugh your asses off about how you "represent" the people!

countryboy42 Tue, 05/29/2018 - 21:30 Permalink

At this point, I am not sure which is more fun; fletching arrows for my new bow, or watching the Dems shooting each other in the foot. They seem to be shooting blanks, but still seem to perforate their own digits each time they pull the trigger.

Where is the damn IG report? Thought it was supposed to be released to Congress yesterday. Not sure if that bunch of parasites was in town, but you can not tell me that it would still be quiet if released.

Dan'l Tue, 05/29/2018 - 22:08 Permalink

When will old fart Grassley get off his ass and nail the coverup, lying bastards hides to the wall for preventing Constitutional oversight? He's all talk but still better than 90% of these RINO chumps, like Linda Grahmnesty & Lil' Marco.