(National Sentinel) Hiding Guilt? Officials with the firm behind the bogus, discredited “Trump dossier” — Fusion GPS, which commissioned a former British spy to create it — refused to answer any questions posed to their representatives during a House Intelligence Committee hearing earlier today.
As reported by The Daily Caller:
Two of the co-founders of Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind the infamous Trump dossier, invoked their Fifth Amendment rights during a meeting with the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, a person familiar with the matter told The Daily Caller.
Peter Fritsch and Thomas Catan, the two Fusion GPS partners, plead the Fifth “to every question asked of them,” the source says.
The House panel earlier this month subpoenaed Fritsch, Catan and their fellow partner, Glenn Simpson, to discuss their involvement in the dossier, which was compiled last year by former British spy Christopher Steele.
In a letter to California Rep. Devin Nunes earlier this week, Fusion’s attorneys suggested that the three partners, all former Wall Street Journal reporters, would refuse to cooperate with the committee, citing First Amendment protections and confidentiality agreements.
Fusion GPS, you may recall, was working on behalf of an ally of the Hillary Clinton campaign when it commissioned Steele to create the phony dossier. The result was 35 pages of outrageous, salacious — and wholly unsubstantiated — charges against Trump and his family in a document that made the rounds in Washington, D.C./New York City media circles but was never published because no one could substantiate anything.
That’s when Buzzfeed decided to publish the dossier in full, ‘in the public’s interest,’ even with the caveat that nothing could be proven. For that, Buzzfeed earned itself a big, fat lawsuit from a Russian tech firm named in the dossier.
Republicans in Congress have long questioned the FBI’s reliance on the dossier to launch investigations into Team Trump last year — and given the FBI’s politicization by the Obama regime, those are questions that need to be answered.
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