Fusion GPS, hired by Hillary for dirt on Trump, also paid 3 journalists

Fusion GPS is a commercial DC-based intelligence firm that conducts opposition political research on political candidates, such as on Mitt Romney. The company was hired by Planned Parenthood (PP) to investigate pro-life activists who took a series of “sting” videos showing PP selling aborted baby parts to medical researchers.

In the 2016 presidential campaign during the GOP primary elections, Fusion GPS was first hired by Republicans, rumored to be RINO Sen. John McCain, to conduct “opposition research” on Donald Trump, which ended when Trump became the GOP’s presidential nominee.

The DNC (Democratic National Committee) and Hillary Clinton then hired Fusion GPS to continue digging up “dirt” on Trump. Fusion GPS, in turn, hired former British MI-6 agent Christopher Steele to compile a dossier on Trump, which became infamous for its entirely-fake allegation that Trump — a self-described “germophobe” — had engaged Russian prostitutes to urinate (“golden shower”) on a Russian hotel bed supposedly used by Obama.

But Fusion GPS didn’t employ just Chris Steele.

On November 21, 2017, Fusion GPS’s documents were unsealed as a result of a ruling by D.C. district court judge Richard Leon in a lawsuit over the firm’s bank records.

As reported by Luis Orozco for Conservative Daily Post, the unsealed documents reveal new details of payment transactions made to and by Fusion GPS, as well shed new light on requests made by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence concerning the firm.

Altogether, Fusion GPS’s bank documents list 112 payment transactions involving the firm, most of which are redacted, except for transactions between Fusion and two law firms on two Russia-related projects. The law firms are:

(1) Perkins Coie, which represented the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign, paid Fusion GPS a total of more than $1.4 million in 2016 for “opposition research” on Donald Trump:

  • $1,024,408 between May 24, 2016 and Dec. 28, 2016.
  • $365,275 on the eve of the election on Oct. 28, 2016.
  • A payment after the election in late December 2016.

(2) BakerHostetler, which paid Fusion GPS $523,651 between March 7, 2016 and Oct. 31, 2016, to investigate a London-based banker, Bill Browder, who helped push through the Magnitsky Act — a sanctions law vehemently opposed by the Russian government. The $523,651 came from a Russian businessman convicted of tax fraud and money laundering.

Fusion GPS founding partner and former Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson compiled the research for Fusion’s anti-Browder project, working closely with a Russian lawyer named Natalia Veselnitskaya, who gave Simpson’s research to Russia’s prosecutor general Yuri Chaika. Veselnitskaya also shared Simpson’s research, in the form of a 4-page memo to Donald Trump Jr., with whom she met in the Trump Tower in June 2016 — a meeting that was arranged by Fusion GPS associate Rob Goldstone.

As Conservative Daily Post‘s Luis Orozco points out, opposition research firm Fusion GPS “is the common denominator linked to two different schemes used to damage the Trump campaign” — “one of the main weapons . . . to prevent the Republican victory.”

There are two more interesting things that are revealed in the un-redacted  Fusion GPS financial transactions:

  1. Strangely, the transaction list doesn’t show payments that Fusion made to Chris Steele, although it is known that he was paid a total of  $168,000 for his work, which lasted from June 2016 until the presidential election.
  2. Fusion GPS´s unsealed documents also reveal a request by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for records of:
    • Five payments made by Fusion for “research” and to a mysterious “Russia expert.”
    • Nine payments made by Fusion to three journalists who had reported on Russia issues.

A memo filed by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on November 21, 2017, shows that the committee’s lawyers are seeking the records of nine Fusion GPS payments to three journalists, all of whom have reported and been quoted in articles related to Russia. But the identities of the three journalists are redacted.

Please contact Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), the chair of House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and demand that the American people have the right to know the names of the three journalists who were paid by Fusion GPS — hired by the Democrats to dig up “dirt” on Trump — to do who knows what. Below is Nunes’ contact info.:

Address: Longworth House Office Building, Suite 1013, Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2523
Fax: (202) 225-3404
Email: https://nunes.house.gov/contactform/

By the way, a recent Daily Caller investigation found a hitherto unknown association between Fusion GPS and Tom Steyer, a billionaire financier and Democrat Party operative who is funding the $20 million campaign to impeach President Trump.

In 2012, Steyer hired Fusion GPS and its founding partner, Glenn Simpson, to conduct an investigation to help pass ballot initiative Proposition 39, aimed at closing a tax loophole for California businesses and funneling money to so-called clean energy projects.

Prop 39 was a success, which made Steyer a rising star in the world of Democratic politics. He was the party’s most generous donor in the 2016 election cycle — giving more than $90 million to various political action committees.

Steyer is said to be considering running for political office. In August 2015, he launched the Fair Shake Commission on Income Inequality and Middle Class Opportunity, purportedly an implicit announcement of candidacy for the 2018 California gubernatorial race. (Lots more on Steyer, the “green” or environmental hypocrite here.)

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7 responses to “Fusion GPS, hired by Hillary for dirt on Trump, also paid 3 journalists

  1. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    Each day more information on how deep the decay of the Democrats and their party continues to surfaces. Are these people like the Steyers so attached to corruption that they are unable to get themselves loose?

    What are the Jews up to in the U.S. since all of the sex scandals started with Weinstein in Hollywood and then mushroomed into the Democrats in the government. It is not just one or two – it covers the whole Democrat party. The mentor was Bill Clinton and when the rest of the party saw him playing around and not doing his job – they joined in.

    Now we can’t get any work done because the Dem’s now go to work to have sex parties every day.

    Just like yesterday, Pelosi and Schumer, were too busy fiddling around – they didn’t even have time to meet with the President. Can you imagine putting sex before the President. Pelosi and Schumer are still waiting for more to come out of the wood work – when will Maxine Watters come out of the wood work?

    kommonsentsjane

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  2. With literally any 5-year old able to “Google” virtually any public information available on any topic, why would anyone need to pay such exorbitant amounts to what are essentially henchmen-mercenaries to do such dirty work for them? Laziness? Time? I doubt it, given their hoards of volunteers.

    I’m left to believe that Fusion GPS and its ilk are hired NOT to do normal research of public records (as legal firms did back in the day), but rather to scour the Dark Web for information illegally obtained on targets… and that gotten through unscrupulous methods such as the “plants” going to closed meetings with their (sometimes undetectable) recording equipment, just to catch politicians saying things to private, often donor audiences, such as happened with George Allen in Virginia a few years back (“macaca”), or to Mitt Romney during his campaign (“the 47%”). Or, for that matter, Hillary’s “Deplorables”. Pols will say what they need to to get donations…

    But the “dossier” on DJT went way beyond that, with people actually making up lies about a political opponent (and both Republicans and Democrats were involved) to take him out of the equation. Which failed.

    And which the MSM (or “LSM”) has ever since been twisting into a “lead” about Trump trying to quash the “Russian” investigation into his campaign’s “collusion” with Russia (not just Russians, per se, but actually the Russian Government with Putin behind it, according to their stories), when in truth, it was the investigation into this “Dossier” that Trump wanted quashed to keep the filthy lies out of the public view…

    And of course, the “collusion” angle has also failed so far to produce any sort of evidence to implicate Trump. Yet the MSM continues to push it.

    As an IT guy, I’ve yet to see any evidence showing the “Russian hacking” or “social media advertising” used to “influence the 2016 elections” actually came from the Kremlin (or anywhere in Russia, for that matter), and the best I’ve heard so far is that the IC (intelligence community) is keeping the info they found under wraps.

    If they’re going to let the MSM get away with “using” such info to accuse our democratically-elected PotUS of rigging an election, they should either give us the actual info (such as trace routes, IPs and MAC addies), or jam a gag order down the throats of the MSM and their moron press correspondents like Kristen Welker, Hallie Jackson, and Kassie Hunt. All three of whom I suspect of being transgenders…

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    • “With literally any 5-year old able to “Google” virtually any public information available on any topic, why would anyone need to pay such exorbitant amounts to what are essentially henchmen-mercenaries to do such dirty work for them?”

      One would need to pay exorbitant amounts to hire an ex-British spy Chris Steele to concoct fake dirt on Trump — the Russian dossier — out of whole cloth. /sarc

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  4. All of this shows that “…the lust for wealth is the root of all evil,” in one way or another; about 20 yrs ago I wrote that ‘Incompetence follows greed as sunset follows sunrise.” I believe nothing’s changed, except to be evermore worse. Greed, mixed with incompetence and stirred, not shaken, will soon create the greatest falling-out ever seen in US politics.

    But whether or not the sheeple FINALLY act to elect truly independent first-timers, etc., remains to be seen. Let’s be clear: the greatest part of the masses –and at nearly 75 I am one– are so swept into 24/7 survival mode that it’s almost impossible to make time for political reform. I do what I can, but it’s not as much as I’d like. Surely it’s the same for many FotM readers, if we were all honest on this.

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