The Senate Judiciary Committee has been digging into allegations of Russian collusion.
They’ve even discovered a possible avenue of collaboration that’s been flying under the radar.
And they just made a bombshell announcement.
The Judiciary Committee has been the one investigative body looking into Fusion GPS, the firm that commissioned the fake news Trump-Russia Christopher Steele dossier.
Chairman Chuck Grassley is after two pieces of information: Was Fusion GPS paid by the Russian government when they commissioned the Steele dossier and was Steele on the FBI payroll when he put together the fake news dossier on Trump.
Grassley wants founder Glenn Simpson to testify in front of the committee – who had been dodging an appearance, but he recently agreed to testify.
Fusion GPS replied with the committee’s request and turned over thousands of records.
But there was just one problem.
They weren’t the documents the committee requested.
The Daily Caller reports:
“Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind the Trump dossier, turned over thousands of pages of documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee late Wednesday, The Daily Caller is told.
But the documents do not appear to be what the committee was hoping that Fusion GPS and its founder, Glenn Simpson, would provide.
“The committee is reviewing the production received late this afternoon from Mr. Simpson, but virtually all of the documents appear to be merely news clippings rather than records of Fusion’s substantive communications,” George Hartmann, a spokesman for the Senate Judiciary Committee, told TheDC.
The paltry document production escalates the standoff between Fusion GPS and the Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley.”
The stonewalling on behalf of Fusion GPS is preventing the committee from answering real questions about the Steel dossier.
Steele’s memo was used to kick start the allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
But was it disinformation paid for by the Russian government?
And did it trick the FBI and Congress into launching witch hunts against Trump?
Without Fusion GPS’ cooperation, it is impossible to know.
But there are known facts about Fusion’s relationship with the Russians and their odd connection to the meeting at Trump Tower between Donald Trump, Jr., senior Trump campaign staff, and a Russian lawyer who also lobbied in favor of repealing the Magnitsky Act.
The Daily Caller also reports:
“The committee also asked Fusion to produce contracts and communications regarding its work against the Magnitsky Act, a sanctions law opposed by the Russian government.
Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who attended the Trump Tower meeting, was involved in the same lobbying campaign. Veselnitskaya represents Denis Katsyv, the chairman of Prevezon Holdings.
Fusion GPS was working for BakerHostetler, a law firm that was also representing Katsyv and Prevezon.
Veselnitskaya was accompanied to the Trump Tower meeting by Rinat Akhmetshin, a former Soviet military officer who works in the same line of business as Fusion GPS, providing political and business research for shadowy clients.”
If Grassley’s committee can get to the bottom of the origins of the fake news dossier, they could unravel the whole Russia meddling story and determine where this hoax originated.
It would also blow a hole in the theory that Moscow was working on behalf of Trump should they be found to have funded a dossier consisting of misinformation in order to smear Trump.