It looks like Fusion GPS’ efforts to push the Trump-Russia “collusion” narrative is backfiring, and it could only be a matter of time before Democrats have to drop the entire charade.
Yesterday, Fox News reported that Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, has chosen to “plead the Fifth” in response to a subpoena they received from lawmakers. The strategic intelligence firm was the organization behind the infamous dossier that made several unfounded allegations against President Trump.
According to Fox News, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), stated that they subpoenaed Glenn Simpson to appear before the committee in “a hearing about the influence of foreign lobbying in last year’s presidential election.” Simpson’s firm has been “tied to anti-Trump efforts and pro-Russian lobbying.” The firm also has ties to the Democratic Party. His attorney stated that Simpson would invoke the Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Fusion GPS hired former MI-6 agent Christopher Steele to conduct research into Trump’s connections in Russia. Steele produced a dossier that was later leaked to news outlets after Trump won the presidency. The dossier alleged that the president had engaged in several questionable activities while in Russia. It also implied that the Russian government had information that would enable them to blackmail the president.
Fusion GPS has been under increased scrutiny because of their alleged relationship with the Democratic Party. The Washington Examiner reported that the firm has been refusing to cooperate with investigators who are looking into its connections to the Democratic Party and the FBI. It appears that Fusion GPS might have something to hide.
Simpson’s firm may also have a connection to Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. According to the Fox News report, it is being claimed by investment manager Bill Browder that Prevezon Holdings, one of Veselnitskaya’s clients, hired Simpson. The reason: to supposedly help push for repeal of the Magnitsky Act. For those who don’t know, the act was named after Sergei Magnitsky, who was an attorney for Browder. He was beaten to death in a Moscow prison after he accused Russian authorities of stealing millions in tax refunds and laundering it all through banks in New York.
Veselnitskaya was the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. under the pretense of providing negative information about Hillary Clinton during the campaign.
Fusion GPS stated that they were not involved with the meeting: “Fusion GPS learned about this meeting from news reports and had no prior knowledge of it. Any claim that Fusion GPS arranged or facilitated this meeting in any way is absolutely false.”
Interestingly enough, the media is largely ignoring this issue. This is not surprising given the fact that this story does not fit in with their Trump-Russia “collusion” narrative. However, the fact that Fusion GPS has a close relationship with the Democratic Party should raise eyebrows given the fact that they hired an investigator to write a dossier that was intended to damage the president. Perhaps there is a reason why they are refusing to discuss the issue with Congress.