If you were thinking of giving ANY credence whatsoever to that ridiculous Trump dossier that the media ran wild with back in December, the group behind the infamous publication wants you to know that you’re putting your faith in the wrong basket. Because if they won’t be up front and honest about who, exactly, financed their dig for dirt on the then-GOP candidate for president, then they must not want people to know just how absurdly political this witch hunt was from the beginning. Say what you will about leaks to the media and wild goose chases; if our intelligence community was relying on information like this to investigate Trump, then either the deep state rot is worse than we thought or we have some serious incompetence running through the FBI.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is demanding to know who paid Fusion GPS to get the good on Donald Trump last year, but in a letter to the committee sent Friday, lawyers for the opposition research group say that such a disclosure would violate its First Amendment freedoms…as well as their confidentiality contracts.
So far, we already know that Fusion was hired by a Republican donor of some sort back in 2015 and given the mission of finding something that could be used against Trump. The donor, however, backed away from the investigation when Trump won the Republican primaries. Fusion, already knee deep into the investigation, found another client willing to foot the bill – this time someone who wanted to see Hillary Clinton win the election.
We also know that in the course of investigating Trump, Fusion hired a former British spy named Christopher Steele. Steele, who has Russian connections, ultimately authored the much-publicized “dossier” and all of its wild allegations about the president. Including, of course, the juicy tidbit about Trump and a couple of Russian hookers. Since BuzzFeed published the memo online in January, most of the dossier’s contents have been debunked by U.S. intelligence sources.
Still, while the dossier is almost certainly a work of fiction from top to bottom, we still don’t know who – specifically – paid for this investigation. And that’s what Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley wants to find out.
“When political opposition research becomes the basis for law enforcement or intelligence efforts, it raises substantial questions about the independence of law enforcement and intelligence from politics,” Grassley wrote in a letter to Glenn Simpson, the owner of Fusion GPS.
Grassley compelled Simpson to reveal the extent of their relationship with Steele, and he has also asked the FBI to document exactly how and why they collaborated with the British spy.
The problem is exactly as Grassley put it. The central question is how much this dossier was responsible for giving the FBI the idea that Trump colluded with the Russians. 50%? 90%? Is it possible, in fact, that this investigation would not even EXIST were it not for the allegations made by Steele and Fusion GPS?
Oh, we just bet that Fusion’s clients want to remain anonymous. They don’t want the American people to know who is behind the witch hunt. Or, more precisely, they don’t want the American people to know that it is, indeed, a witch hunt.
When the truth about all of this comes out – whenever and however that may happen – a great many people are going to be shocked at just how devious and dirty our politics have become. It didn’t start with the rise of Donald Trump…but boy, did he bring out the worst in them.