(National Sentinel) Political espionage: President Donald J. Trump has so many enemies in the Deep State and political establishment swamp he seeks to drain he literally only has a small cadre of insiders he can trust.
But a new report suggests that the long-discredited “dossier” released last summer well before the election – which could not be verified by any of the scores of media outlets that had obtained it but nevertheless sparked many of the “Russia” investigations – may actually be tied to the Democratic Party.
Investigative reporter Paul Sperry, writing for the New York Post, notes that the dossier is tied to a secretive Washington, D.C., firm that commissioned it and is now thwarting congressional investigators looking into its connection to the Democratic Party.
The Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month threatened to subpoena the firm, Fusion GPS, after it refused to answer questions and provide records to the panel identifying who financed the error-ridden dossier, which was circulated during the election and has sparked much of the Russia scandal now engulfing the White House.
Is Fusion GPS hiding something? The firm says it is a “research and strategic intelligence firm” founded by “three former Wall Street Journal investigative reporters.” But Sperry noted that congressional sources describe it as an opposition-research group for Democrats, with the founders much more political activists with a pro-Hillary, anti-Trump agenda than journalists (which could actually describe just about every other “mainstream” media journalist in D.C.).
“These weren’t mercenaries or hired guns,” a congressional source familiar with the dossier probe said. “These guys had a vested personal and ideological interest in smearing Trump and boosting Hillary’s chances of winning the White House.”
Sperry notes further:
Fusion GPS was on the payroll of an unidentified Democratic ally of Clinton when it hired a long-retired British spy to dig up dirt on Trump. In 2012, Democrats hired Fusion GPS to uncover dirt on GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. And in 2015, Democrat ally Planned Parenthood retained Fusion GPS to investigate pro-life activists protesting the abortion group.
More, federal records show a key co-founder and partner in the firm was a Hillary Clinton donor and supporter of her presidential campaign.
In September 2016, while Fusion GPS was quietly shopping the dirty dossier on Trump around Washington, its co-founder and partner Peter R. Fritsch contributed at least $1,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund and the Hillary For America campaign, Federal Election Commission data show. His wife also donated money to Hillary’s campaign.
Property records show that in June 2016, as Clinton allies bankrolled Fusion GPS, Fritsch bought a six-bedroom, five-bathroom home in Bethesda, Md., for $2.3 million.
There are other self-interests at work at Fusion. For one, Fritsch – who once served as the WSJ’s Mexico City bureau chief – married into a Mexican family with cross-border business interests.
“His wife, Beatriz Garcia, formerly worked as an executive at Grupo Dina, a manufacturer of trucks and buses in Mexico City that benefits from NAFTA, which Trump opposes,” Sperry wrote, adding:
Fritsch’s Fusion GPS partner Thomas Catan, who grew up in Britain, once edited a business magazine in Mexico, moreover. A third founding partner, Glenn Simpson, is reported to have shared dark views of both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump. Before joining Fusion GPS, Simpson did opposition research for a former Clinton White House operative.
Now, congressional investigators are said to be looking into whether the FBI incorrectly relied on the discredited dossier by Christopher Steele, the old British spy who was hired by Fusion GPS to build a Russia file on Trump, when, under then-Director James Comey, the bureau was opening a counterintelligence probe into Team Trump last summer:
The FBI received a copy of the Democrat-funded dossier in August, during the heat of the campaign, and is said to have contracted in October to pay Steele $50,000 to help corroborate the dirt on Trump — a relationship that “raises substantial questions about the independence” of the bureau in investigating Trump, warned Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.
But nothing ever came of it. Eventually the dossier was published in full by Left-wing site Buzzfeed, with the caveat that nothing could be verified. As we reported in March, Grassley began his probe into the nexus of Steele, the dossier and the FBI.
“The idea that the FBI and associates of the Clinton campaign would pay Mr. Steele to investigate the Republican nominee for President in the run-up to the election raises further questions about the FBI’s independence from politics, as well as the Obama administration’s use of law enforcement and intelligence agencies for political ends,” Grassley wrote in a letter to Comey in early March.
“It is additionally troubling that the FBI reportedly agreed to such an arrangement given that, in January of 2017, then-Director [of National Intelligence James] Clapper issued a statement stating that ‘the [intelligence community] has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable, and we did not rely upon it in any way for our conclusions.’”
Now, Senate investigators are demanding that Fusion GPS provide any and all records of communication between the firm and the FBI and Justice Department, to include former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who is now under investigation by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Grassley chairs. Included in the Senate probe is Assistance FBI Director Andrew McCabe, and the Justice inspector general for failing to recuse himself despite financial and political connections to the Clinton campaign through his Democrat activist wife.
“Senate investigators have singled out McCabe as the FBI official who negotiated with Steele,” Sperry wrote.
Like Fusion GPS, the FBI is also failing to cooperate with the Senate probe. What’s more, now that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has (on Democrats’ demands) recused himself and Trump still doesn’t have an FBI director in place, he’s got no real way of pushing the Justice Department and the bureau into cooperating.
Steele’s dossier was rife with verifiable errors. In one of the more egregious examples, he claimed that
Trump lawyer Michael Cohen held a “clandestine meeting” on the alleged hacking scheme in Prague with “Kremlin officials” in August 2016 unraveled when Cohen denied ever visiting Prague, his passport showed no stamps showing he left or entered the US at the time, witnesses accounted for his presence here, and Czech authorities found no evidence Cohen went to Prague.
And yet, what’s troubling is that U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies including the CIA took the dossier seriously. Why? Because it fed into the Deep State’s worst fears about Trump:
The dossier ended up attached to a Top Secret intelligence briefing on Russia for President Obama, even though his intelligence czar last month testified “We couldn’t corroborate the sourcing.” The FBI, moreover, has been using it for investigative leads on Trump associates like Carter Page, even though former FBI Director James Comey this month described the dossier as “salacious and unverified.”
Naturally, Democrats in Congress nevertheless continued to refer to it as those the dossier was actually legitimate, in order to continue to allege nefarious things about “Russian collusion” with Team Trump.
To this date nothing has been reported proving there was any Trump-Russia collusion. The president has repeatedly called the story “fake news” and a “hoax,” and yet the GOP-controlled Congress continues to treat it as real, as evidenced by multiple investigations.
If – if – Russia legitimately attempted to hack into U.S. electronic balloting, that signifies a major threat to our country, but it doesn’t signify Trump collusion. Furthermore, the 2016 attempt by Russia to “influence” our political processes wouldn’t be the first time Moscow has tried (and by the way, we’ve done the same things).
Finally, there also is NO evidence proving that the Kremlin was intervening to help elect Trump. That has never made any sense, given all the dirt that Vladimir Putin’s Russia most likely has on Hillary Clinton.
Was the Democratic Party, working in collusion with the Deep State and political establishment, responsible for the “Trump dossier?” Thanks to Grassley, the evidence suggesting so is beginning to emerge.