It appears that the Clinton campaign is starting to garner some attention with regards to their own lengthy Russian entanglements. Russian attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya had managed to secure a meeting with Donald Trump Jr on the premise that she was offering “dirt” on the Hillary Clinton campaign. A meeting that was drawing much scrutiny. So much scrutiny it was discovered that Russian attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya was found to have ties to the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign through a lobbying firm known as Fusion GPS. Much deeper ties than a 25-minute meeting that appears to have garnered nothing but the ire of Senate and Congressional Democrats alike.
The meeting that took place was set up by Rob Goldstone, a Fusion GPS associate. Fusion GPS is also the firm behind the “Trump-Russia” dossier that was proven false and wildly unsubstantiated. It was very clear that Fusion GPS was attempting to hurt the Trump campaign with such vigor, they assigned former British spy Christopher Steele to produce the phony dossier. Which leads one to think, why would Fusion GPS want to coordinate a meeting between the Trump campaign and this Russian lawyer in an effort to spill dirt on Hillary Clinton, a current client of theirs at the time through the DNC?
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Chuck Grassley(R-Iowa), was attempting to get answers from Fusion GPS with regard to whom hired them to obtain this “opposition research” and if they shared that information with the FBI. Initially Fusion GPS co-founder, Glenn Simpson, was set to answers the Chairman’s questions. That was until it was reported that Fusion GPS through Rob Goldstone, coordinated and attended said meeting. Almost as soon as the news broke about Fusion GPS being neck deep in that meeting, Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, retracted his intentions to willingly testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Fusion GPS is denying the allegations that they set up the meeting or had any prior knowledge of the meeting in any way. A denial that flies in the face of all logic and common sense since Rob Goldstone, a Fusion GPS associate, acknowledged making the arrangements. Of course, it would be silly to omit the simple fact that Fusion GPS retracted their intent to testify about these matters before the Senate Judiciary Committee only after the news broke regarding their involvement.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley wrote the Justice Department asking for Fusion GPS to be investigated in which he stated, “Fusion GPS is the company behind the creation of the unsubstantiated dossier alleging a conspiracy between President Donald Trump and Russia. It is highly troubling that Fusion GPS appears to have been working with someone with ties to Russian intelligence – let alone someone alleged to have conducted political disinformation campaigns – as part of a pro-Russia lobbying effort while also simultaneously overseeing the creation of the Trump-Russia dossier.”
Fusion GPS also states they had no obligation to register as a “foreign agent” under the Foreign Agents Registration Act(FARA). The Department of Justice is very clear in the language contained in the FARA:
Department of Justice (Foreign Agents Registration Act):
The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) was enacted in 1938. FARA is a disclosure statute that requires persons acting as agents of foreign principals in a political or quasi-political capacity to make periodic public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal, as well as activities, receipts and disbursements in support of those activities. Disclosure of the required information facilitates evaluation by the government and the American people of the
statements and activities of such persons in light of their function as foreign agents. The FARA Registration Unit of the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section (CES) in the National Security Division (NSD) is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Act.
As reported by the Daily Caller, Bill Browder, an American-born London based businessman, will be testifying this week with regard to the complaint he filed with the Justice Department last year. A complaint that alleged Fusion GPS, coupled with former Soviet intelligence officer Rinat Akhmetshin, of violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act(FARA), a law that requires any agent of a foreign government to disclose all lobbying and consulting activities. To date, no filing of Fusion GPS lobbying on behalf of Russia has been discovered through FARA nor has there been any disclosure to date of Fusion GPS hiring former British spy Christopher Steele to fabricate the “Trump-Russia” dossier.