Fusion GPS and Robert Mueller: the roadmap for a coup

By Paul Ackerman | Feb 04, 2019

As far back as the 17th century, the English had an important decorative touch in their castles that eventually carried over to America in the governor’s palace in Williamsburg, Va.; the decorative display of armaments covering the walls of the entry room. An even more impressive display greets those in England at Hampton Court and Windsor Castle. While at Williamsburg some years ago viewing this display — hundreds of pistols and muskets, swords, pikes etc. -- I asked the attending curator for the forum what the purpose of the costly and redundant display could have been in the 18th century.

The answer comes back quite easily. ”Oh, it was about the projection of political power.”

Recent actions taken in Florida by the FBI, presumably acting with the encouragement of the special counsel’s team, sending dozens of vehicles, a Marine unit and a helicopter in a pre-dawn raid in a residential neighborhood, to arrest sometime Trump adviser Roger Stone. His crime? Allegedly, lying to Congress. This is an indication of how far the projection of political power has come, and how far the politicization and corruption at the FBI and DOJ has gone. This is a politicized culture of abuse fostered by former FBI Director, now Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

And the “dangerous” target of this raid by 29 agents and multiple vehicles? Stone was released from his handcuffs and leg shackles some hours later by a judge who deemed him so not a threat or flight risk that Stone was released on his own recognizance with a signature.

Within the American political system there are various levels of open and hidden supporters, some within the government and some outside, but connected surreptitiously to those within.

Glenn Simpson, the principal of the organization Fusion GPS, and Robert Mueller, former FBI director under Barack Obama, and now special counsel to the Department of Justice, are representatives of this spectrum of the political netherworld. It is worth examining how these two men came to promulgate the first attempted coup in American history — and how they have failed.

The firm Fusion GPS describes itself as a “strategic intelligence and research firm” located in Washington, D.C. It provides “open source” research and analysis of both political and commercial interests. If you go back to its involvement in the 2012 election cycle, you’d understand they are primarily an opposition research firm for the Democratic Party.

In recent years there have been other notable clients, such as the Russian-owned firm Prevezon Holdings. Some of these highlight their connections within government and on the periphery of lobbying, without being registered as such. Prevezon Holdings was interconnected to Fusion GPS through Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya of the set-up Trump Tower meeting fame.

As congressional testimony by senior DOJ official Bruce Ohr eventually showed, the connection to the person(s) responsible for the eventual appointment of Mueller as special counsel begins with who was paying Fusion GPS, and who at DOJ and FBI knew these facts. The list is long, but starts with FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, among others. Both have lied to Congress about this knowledge.

Fusion GPS was paid by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton Campaign, through a law firm, Perkins Coie, to produce and disseminate political “opposition research” damaging to Donald Trump’s campaign during 2016, and subsequently afterward in an attempt to remove President Trump from office.

When, after many attempts to assist Hillary Clinton’s campaign, Fusion GPS failed to get the 35-page “dossier” of false and salacious allegations claiming Russian connections to the Trump campaign into the mainstream media, it became desperate. The author of Fusion’s “Trump Dossier,” Christopher Steele, a long “retired” British intelligence operative and, more importantly, an FBI consultant, was then urged by Simpson to push the story to David Korn of Mother Jones magazine, and eventually the webzine, Buzzfeed (coincidentally primarily owned by NBC), which first publicized the fraudulent material .

The FBI has very rigid rules about its hired consultants talking to the media, and it fired Steele shortly after it became obvious he was speaking to the media about the matter of the dossier.

Why would that bother the FBI? Because then-Director Comey, Deputy Director McCabe, counterintelligence expert Peter Strzok, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI and DOJ attorneys Lisa Paige and Sally Yates -- among others -- within the top strata of the FBI and DOJ had already been using the phony “dossier” as the foundation for repetitive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrants in order to electronically spy on members of the Trump campaign. It did not matter how peripheral they were as the authorities then exponentially daisy-chained the surveillance to all their contacts within the campaign ... and eventually to the Trump transition team after the election.

After Steele was fired by the FBI, Bruce Ohr continued to meet with him periodically, and according to Ohr’s congressional testimony, briefed all of the FBI/DOJ high-level participants in this endeavor to undermine the Trump campaign, and that this “dossier” from Fusion GPS is paid-for political opposition research, it was unverified information, not from a source within Russia, but from a former Russian agent of some sort “living in the USA.” Ohr apparently did not need to mention to his FBI/DOJ associates that his wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS and worked for the opposition research team on this project. That would be too obvious a conflict of interest, it might seem.

Since former FBI Director Comey claimed that he never knew who paid for the Steele Dossier to be produced (that he only informed the newly elected President Trump of its existence and that it was unverified), and it has been confirmed by an immediate associate, Bruce Ohr, that Comey was told the connection to the political opposition research firm and its client(s), Comey was lying to Congress. Cue the SWAT team for Comey?

Comments (8)
Posted by: Kevin Riley | Feb 13, 2019 14:34

Cut and paste with links and references is how this is done.

Just believing or saying something doesn't make it true.

Without sources and reference it's just opinion.

In other words show your work.



Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Feb 12, 2019 19:44

Dale-  Using "intelligence" is exactly what cut and paste is about.  Unlike your president I value intelligence but realize that the intelligence of others with more resources and access to information than myself increases in value as it is transferred to those with neither.  I cut and paste to increase the validity of the argument and give credit where credit is due.  It's the "collective" thing to do and the way human beings usually accomplish their ends.



Posted by: Dale E. Landrith Sr. | Feb 12, 2019 18:36

Ron

You are obviously intelligent though misguided (this is not sarcasm).  However, maybe you should engage intelligence before the cut and paste.



Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Feb 11, 2019 06:18

Hah!  The truth, Dale, as I've said so many times before is that I can't tell the individual drones of your cabal apart.  And, really, should I?

 



Posted by: Dale E. Landrith Sr. | Feb 09, 2019 11:49

Ron

It is also possible that you simply "cut & paste" part of your comments the last that I wrote an article.

Dale



Posted by: Dale E. Landrith Sr. | Feb 09, 2019 11:47

Ron

You are so blinded with ideology that you do not even know who writes an article.  Thanks for giving me credit for an excellent article that I did not write.



Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Feb 08, 2019 15:21

Phew! Now tell me how you really feel in 3 words or less please!



Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Feb 08, 2019 06:31

And the sooner the better.  Good job, Dale.  This one sided drivel is so  filled with BS that Trump could have written it himself except it probably would have been in crayon.

And do you mean this “Robert Mueller?

"Lifelong Republican. Captain, United States Marine Corps, rifle platoon commander with Second Platoon, H Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, during the Vietnam War, his military decorations and awards include: the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V", Purple Heart Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals with Combat "V", Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze stars, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Parachutist Badge. While Deputy Attorney General oversaw prosecutions of Manuel Noriega, Pan Am flight 103 terrorists and John Gotti. Nominated FBI director by George W. Bush, confirmed by senate unanimously 98 to 0. Threatened to quit over warrantless wiretapping and forbid FBI from participating in CIA enhanced interrogations. 10 year term extended two years by Barack Obama making him longest serving director after Hoover.”


Oh, and as for:

 

"...  Bruce Ohr, a career Justice Department official who spent years investigating Russian organized crime and corruption—an expertise he shared with another Trump target named Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence operative who provided valuable intelligence on Russia to the State Department and the FBI’s Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force prior to authoring the Trump-Russia dossier in 2016. Ohr and Steele met in 2007, according to The New York Times, and stayed in touch as a result of their shared interests and mutual respect.

Trump’s fixation with seeing Ohr ousted from the Justice Department could be perceived as yet another attempt to undermine the credibility of the people who have investigated him. It could also be interpreted as an attack on someone with deep knowledge of the shady characters Trump and his cohort have been linked to, including Semion Mogilevich, the Russian mob boss, and Oleg Deripaska, a Russian aluminum magnate close to Putin who did business with Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. (Incidentally, another Manafort associate, the Ukrainian billionaire Dmitry Firtash, admitted that he only managed to be in business because Mogilevich allowed him to be, according to a leaked 2008 State Department cable.) Ohr was involved in banning Deripaska from the U.S. in 2006, due to his alleged ties to organized crime and fear that he would try to launder money into American real estate.”
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/trumps-top-targets-in-the-russia-probe-are-experts-in-organized-crime/569056/


"Even before they hired Christopher Steele, Fusion GPS was well aware of Trump’s numerous connections to crime bosses in Russia and in former Soviet states. Steele was hired, not to generate information, but to fill in the gaps around relationships that were already obvious from the public record and Trump’s own statements.

And almost from the moment he began investigating, Steele came across a flood of confirmation—information that included deliberate efforts on the part of the Russian government to influence the United States election. Information so disturbing that Steele felt it was requisite on him, as a professional with decades of experience in intelligence, to take what he had learned to American authorities and inform them of a grave and growing danger. When he did, Steele was relieved to find that the FBI was already on the topic and taking it seriously, thanks to information that originated inside Trump’s campaign.

Most of all, the transcript revealed just why Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) was so determined to keep it hidden. Because the clear words on the page made it obvious that the criminal charges leveled at Steele by Grassley and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) went beyond political showboating and into the realm of egregious obstruction.
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/1/10/1731460/-Fusion-GPS-transcripts-reveal-two-things-the-corruption-of-Trump-the-treachery-of-the-Republicans


I guess that $800,000 of Russian oligarch money in Graham's campaign fund is burning a hole in his conscience.


“In an oped piece for the New York Times, Glenn R. Simpson and Peter Fritsch, founders of the research firm Fusion GPS, which collected the so-called Steele Dossier on President Trump, asked Congress to release transcripts of their 21 hours of testimony regarding Russian collusion and interference in the 2016 presidential election.

In the scathing piece, they accuse Republicans in Congress of covering up the truth about the dossier and Trump’s Russia ties.

https://secondnexus.com/news/fusion-gps-founders-demand-congress-release-transcripts/?utm_content=inf_10_1164_2&tse_id=INF_aa0129a0f25e11e78f902fe1e08be610


"Fusion GPS was paid by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton Campaign,"  Right, but first they worked for these people.


"The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website funded by a major Republican donor, first hired the research firm that months later produced for Democrats the salacious dossier describing ties between Donald J. Trump and the Russian government, the website said on Friday.

 

The Free Beacon, funded in large part by the New York hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer, hired the firm, Fusion GPS, in 2015 to unearth damaging information about several Republican presidential candidates, including Mr. Trump. But The Free Beacon told the firm to stop doing research on Mr. Trump in May 2016, as Mr. Trump was clinching the Republican nomination.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee had begun paying Fusion GPS in April for research that eventually became the basis for the dossier."
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/27/us/politics/trump-dossier-paul-singer.html

"Why did he lie to Congress?’  He didn't.


Trump’s reference to Comey lying to Congress appears to revive a familiar attack that pits Comey’s sworn testimony against comments former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe made after Trump fired him March 16.

 

In a May 3, 2017, exchange with Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Comey said he never authorized anyone at the FBI to be an anonymous source in news reports about the Trump or Clinton investigations.

Here’s their full exchange during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee:

Grassley: "Director Comey, have you ever been an anonymous source in news reports about matters relating to the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation?"

Comey: "Never."

Grassley: "Question two, relatively related, have you ever authorized someone else at the FBI to be an anonymous source in news reports about the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation?"

Comey: "No."

After his March 16 firing, McCabe issued a statement defending himself against allegations that he improperly permitted law enforcement officials to discuss the Clinton investigation with reporters, which referenced the FBI director, the position Comey held at the time.

"I chose to share with a reporter through my public affairs officer and a legal counselor. As deputy director, I was one of only a few people who had the authority to do that. It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the director, were aware of the interaction with the reporter," McCabe’s statement reads.

Here, McCabe states only that Comey was "aware of the interaction with the reporter" — not that Comey authorized it, which was what Grassley asked about. To make matters more confusing, Comey told the Justice Department Inspector General that McCabe "definitely did not tell me that he authorized" the leak.

Either way, it’s possible that Comey’s testimony and McCabe’s statement do not directly contradict each other. Trump’s claim that Comey lied to Congress is an unproven allegation.
https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2018/apr/18/fact-checking-donald-trumps-tweets-about-former-fb/



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