WASHINGTON, July 26, 2017 — Congressional Republicans made an obvious mistake. They stumbled over the truth behind the Trump-Russian collusion narrative.
They were so close to the truth, in fact, that congressional Democrats used a parliamentary procedure delay to prevent what promises to be an embarrassing public disclosure.
That is if GOP lawmakers don’t screw it up.
The threatened disclosure involves an organization that prides itself in providing “premium research, strategic intelligence, and due diligence services to corporations, law firms, and investors worldwide.”
The company, based in Washington, D.C., calls itself Fusion GPS. Not surprisingly, it was founded by former journalists.
When The Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group, released damning undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials blithely discussing—over lunch, no less—their sale of aborted fetal parts for cash as cold and hard as their hearts, Fusion GPS was hired to research and defame the pro-life group.
The Center for Medical Progress was later charged with 15 felony counts for recording “confidential communications” in Democratic, one-party-state California, although 14 counts were later dropped.
Fusion GPS is an important opposition-research group for the Democratic Party. It first gained popular attention when a dossier containing salacious allegations about Donald Trump’s sexual escapades while on business trips to Russia began circulating among the media and members of Congress.
The contents of the dossier were later published in their entirety on the news website BuzzFeed, which was roundly condemned by the mainstream media for publishing “unsubstantiated” charges.
Recently, much has been made of Donald Trump Jr. and brother-in-law Jared Kushner’s meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who claimed to have information on Hillary Clinton and her dealings with Russia.
It turned out to be a ruse.
What Veselnitskaya really wanted was to discuss the repeal of the 2012 Magnitsky Act, which placed U.S. economic sanctions on Russian officials believed complicit in the death of Russian attorney and government-corruption investigator Sergei Leonidovich Magnitsky, and other human rights abuses.
According to Britain’s Independent,
“As part of those efforts, she [Veselnitskaya] reportedly hired investigators from GPS Fusion, a consultancy firm that helped dig up opposition research on Donald Trump.”
It seems there was Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election after all. But it was Democrats who were partners with the Russkies.
While we’re on the subject of Trump’s dossier, lawsuits filed earlier this month in the U.S. and Britain allege that a certain Arizona Senator was responsible for spreading the anti-Trump file among Washington’s politicians and fake news outlets.
“According to a new court document in the British lawsuit … [Sen. John] McCain, R-Ariz., a vocal Trump critic, and a former State Department official … [were among a] handful of people known to have had copies of the full document before it circulated among journalists and was published by BuzzFeed,” the Miami Herald reported.
What are the chances never-Trump, GOP establishment leaders allow Republican committee chairmen to call the ailing, never-Trump John McCain, recently diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, to explain his collusion with the Democratic National Committee, Fusion GPS and Vladimir Putin’s Russia to undermine the presidency of Donald Trump?
Those chances are zilch.