You’ll recall that one of the main sources of payments for the faked “Trump dossier” were made by the Democrat-connected research firm Fusion GPS. Now the company’s bank records have been released and they show some very mysterious ties to Russia that remains unexplained.
Fusion GPS had a large hand in creating the fake dossier that made a host of salacious charges including that Trump was connected to Russia and that he hired Russian prostitutes to do unmentionable things.
The so-called dossier had been around for many months before the 2016 election but not a single media outlet was interested in it because it was well-known as being filled with lies, innuendo, and unproven claims.
Still, this fake dossier was trotted out after the election as a way to attack Donald Trump’s presidency.
For months the fact that the Democrat-connected Fusion GPS was one of the organizations behind the fake document was unknown to the public, but Fusion’s involvement broke this summer causing many to call for the company’s bank records so that the money trail could be ascertained.
For months Fusion GPS operatives fought against having their records made public. Several of the company’s operatives pleaded the Fifth and refused to testify before Congress on their involvement with the dossier. Eventually one member of the group did strike a deal. The company was also forced to reveal its records, anyway, by Richard Leon, a federal judge in the district court in Washington, D.C..
Now, as Daily Caller reports, we are seeing that some of those records show some rather mysterious entries.
For one thing, the records do report how much Fusion paid for the fake dossier:
The transaction list does not show payments that Fusion made to Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the dossier. The firm reportedly paid Steele a total of $168,000 for his work, which lasted from June 2016 until the election.
But there are also some ties to Russia that Democrats keep blaming on Trump.
According to the paperwork, the law firm BakerHostetler paid Fusion $523,651 between March 7, 2016 and Oct. 31, 2016.
Fusion was tasked with investigating London-based banker Bill Browder, a man who had a hand in pushing the Magnitsky Act, which were sanctions against Russia that the Russian Kremlin vigorously opposed.
So, yes, Fusion was working for the Russians.
BakerHostetler represented Prevezon Holdings and its owner, a Russian businessman named Denis Katsyv.
Katsyv and Prevezon sought to limit the impact of the Magnitsky sanctions.
Glenn Simpson, a former Wall Street Journal reporter and Fusion GPS founding partner, compiled the research for the anti-Browder project. He worked closely with Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who also showed up at the infamous Trump Tower meeting held on June 9, 2016.
There are also records showing what the House of Representatives was looking for:
The document shows that the committee sought records related to “five Fusion payments to research and Russia expert [name redacted], and production of three additional payments.”
The committee also seeks records “related to Fusion’s payments to journalists who have reported on Russia issues relevant to its investigation.”
In a memo filed Tuesday, lawyers for the House panel said they are seeking transactions related to nine payments made to “three individual journalists…each of whom have reported on and/or been quoted in articles regarding topics related to the Committee’s investigation, some of which were published as recently as October 2017.”
So, the Democrat research company had quite a lot of ties to Russia.
And yet they claim that only Trump had such ties.
[Note: This post was written by Warner Todd Huston]