Does the co-founder of Fusion GPS have something to hide?
Yesterday, Fox News reported that Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of Fusion GPS has refused to appear before lawmakers to answer questions about the influence of foreign lobbying in the 2016 election. Fusion GPS is the organization that hired Christopher Steele to create the infamous (and debunked) Russian dossier that was leaked to the press earlier this year.
It looks like Simpson’s plan to smear President Trump might have backfired. But, if you’re like most people, you might be wondering why Simpson made this decision.
Fox News reported that Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), said that they had Simpson served with a subpoena. They wanted him to appear before the committee in “a hearing about the influence of foreign lobbying in last year’s presidential election.” Simpson’s attorney responded, saying that Simpson would plead the fifth.
While there may be a good reason for Simpson to invoke the Fifth Amendment when one considers the larger picture, his refusal to speak with Congress seems suspect. Here’s why. According to Fox News, Fusion GPS has been “tied to anti-Trump efforts and pro-Russian lobbying.” What’s more, the firm also has close ties to the Democratic Party.
In 2016, Fusion GPS enlisted the services of former MI-6 agent Christopher Steele. The goal was to perform research into the president’s connections to Russia. The reason? They wanted to find incriminating information that they could use to discredit President Trump. As you already know, the story doesn’t end there. Steele produced a dossier that made some damaging allegations about the president.
The dossier alleged that Trump had illicit business dealings in Russia. It also stated that members of Trump’s campaign team were meeting with Russian operatives. The report also said that Russian intelligence had a tape of the president engaging in questionable activities with prostitutes. Steele implied that the Kremlin might be able to blackmail the president with the information they possessed. The problem? Most of the contents of the dossier were false and easily debunked.
The fact that Simpson is refusing to speak with lawmakers about the issue of foreign lobbying in 2016 is suspicious, given Fusion GPS’ close relationship to the Democratic Party. For the past five years, the Democrats have hired the firm to conduct opposition research on a number of occasions. Initially, a Republican who opposed Trump hired the firm who started performing their research. After Trump had won the nomination, Democratic donors hired the firm to complete the research and create the dossier. But that’s not all.
It is possible that Fusion GPS might have ties to Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Fox News states: Investment manager, Bill Browder, claims Simpson was hired by one of Veselnitskaya’s clients, Prevezon holdings, as part of an effort to repeal the Magnitsky Act.” Veselnitskaya was the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower. Naturally, the firm has denied any connection to the meeting.
It is telling that the establishment media is mostly ignoring this story. It obviously does not fit into their Russiagate narrative. The fact that Fusion GPS is refusing to speak with lawmakers about a congressional investigation into the issue is questionable at best. So what does this all mean? We do not know yet, but time will show us whether or not Fusion GPS is hiding something.