House Intelligence Committee and Fusion GPS decide to pull the wool over our eyes…behind closed doors.

 

I suspect this latest “development” in the unearthing of anti-Trump forces who procured a politicking franchise by the name of “Fusion GPS” is in danger of drowning beneath the din of noisier headlines lauding Trump’s Russian “connections” when, in fact, we should be paying serious to this peripheral connection that is hard-pressed to get the media attention it deserves.

 

The House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the funding associated with the 2016 Presidential election led it to issue a subpoena to Fusion GPS and its bank on October 4.  Fusion GPS fought back with a lawsuit, unwilling to part with its mysteriously mysterious bank records. This weekend, with Robert Mueller’s indictments in the queue for Monday, an agreement was “struck” between the investigatory body and the anti-Trump franchise.

 

 

“The emergency legal action taken last week by Fusion GPS helped the company honor its legal obligations and protect its First Amendment rights,” Fusion GPS lawyer Joshua Levy said in a statement. “Today’s result required the involvement of the Court to strike the balance between Congress’ right to information and our client’s privileges and legal obligations.”

 

The committee issued a statement confirming a deal.

 

“The parties have reached an agreement related to the House Intelligence Committee’s subpoena for Fusion GPS’s bank records that will secure the Committee’s access to the records necessary for its investigation,” the committee statement said.

 

Revelations about the funding of the research into Trump’s business, which the House committee was hoping to reveal via subpoena, answered one of the biggest mysteries of the 2016 presidential campaign.

 

On Friday, representatives of The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website, informed the committee that it first hired Fusion GPS during the 2016 Republican presidential primary to conduct opposition research on Trump and several GOP presidential candidates.

 

 

In retrospect, the Free Beacon’s divulgence seems a bit too pat, uneasily convenient, in the wake of the today’s announced settlement. The Free Beacon was a little free with its excessively timely admission, if you ask me.

 

 

“The Free Beacon had no knowledge of or connection to the Steele dossier, did not pay for the dossier, and never had contact with, knowledge of, or provided payment for any work performed by Christopher Steele,” the Beacon editors said in a statement.

 

The research effort expanded in March 2016 under financing from Democrats. The Washington Post first reported Tuesday that the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign later retained Fusion GPS to conduct research.

 

 

The startling, abrupt end to the Intelligence Committee’s request for banking records belonging to the firm hired by anti-Trump Republicans, and later by anti-American Democrats, under such confidential and surreptitious cover is troubling.

 

What exactly was the pressing time element that required such “emergency legal action” in defense of Fusion GPS’s First Amendment rights?

 

I will repeat Joshua Levy’s legal statement on behalf of Fusion because it is dubious and because it begs more questions than all the back-door deals can possibly address.

 

“The emergency legal action taken last week by Fusion GPS helped the company honor its legal obligations and protect its First Amendment rights. Today’s result required the involvement of the Court to strike the balance between Congress’ right to information and our client’s privileges and legal obligations.”

 

First Amendment right to…stay in business?

 

 

The opposition research firm behind the Trump dossier says that a House Intelligence Committee subpoena seeking its bank records has a good chance of “ruining” its business, as well as of putting its clients’ safety at risk.

 

The firm, Fusion GPS, also argued in a late-night court filing that the subpoena, issued earlier this month for TD Bank, will have a “chilling” effect on the First Amendment and privacy rights of it and its clients.

 

“In short, compliance with this subpoena will not only harm Plaintiff’s business, it has a high likelihood of ruining it,” reads one of the arguments presented by Fusion GPS in court papers filed in federal court in Washington, D.C.

 

Fusion’s argument is part of a mad dash effort to prevent the House committee from finding out who hired the firm to investigate Trump. That question has remained a closely-held secret ever since the dossier, written by former British spy Christopher Steele, was published by BuzzFeed in January.

 

Fusion has refused to identify its clients in response to numerous lawsuits filed against the firm as well as against BuzzFeed and Steele. Fusion founder Glenn Simpson also refused to identify clients during an Aug. 22 interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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“The breadth of the subpoena will cause harm to the businesses of Fusion’s clients and contractors and also subject those clients and contractors to harassment, fear of cyberattacks and hacking attempts, and, in some instances, danger to their physical safety,” Fusion’s argument reads.

 

To support its claim, Fusion included anonymous declarations from nine of its clients, none of who were involved in the dossier, asserting that they did not want their identities revealed by the release of the bank records.

 

“It is possible that revelation of my association with Fusion GPS could lead to my safety being placed in jeopardy,” declared one Fusion client, who also expressed concern that their company “will become the subject of media attention and politicized scrutiny.”

 

 

Conveniently, The Washington Free Beacon‘s admission that it was the genesis of Fusion GPS’s murky existence only implies their role in kick-starting the anti-Trump franchise. They extricated themselves from the vehicle long before it became toxic; apparently, many firms who were affiliated with Fusion GPS were not quite so forward-thinking, causing them to hide behind legal maneuvers and First Amendment manipulations in order to maintain their hides.   The agreement arrangement between Fusion GPS and the Intelligence Committee, overseen by an Obama-appointed judge, is a hypocritical charade of formalities that will continue behind closed doors and away from prying eyes.

 

 

 

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Stay tuned for a very freaky Halloween week culminating on November 4….

 

In the spirit of full, spooky disclosure.

 

Stay tuned for a freaky Halloween week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trump Tells State Department to Release All Remaining Hillary Clinton Emails ASAP

 

As previously reported, conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced Monday morning that the Tillerson State Department is sitting on 76,000 Clinton docs that weren’t supposed to be released until the year 2020.

 

The State Department also recently admitted it discovered 2,800 Huma Abedin docs on Anthony Weiner’s laptop. Tom Fitton said of his experience in dealing with emails on Weiner’s laptop that the documents most likely contain classified information.

 

 

Among many scintillations, the most arousing:

 

* Trump orders release of all Clinton emails

* Mueller’s mysterious indictments

* Antifas planned day of unrest

 

 

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Hmm, so I guess “chimp-out” is not an acceptable description of the Houston Texans reaction?

 

I never, never,

 

never,

 

thought the NFL would be “ground zero” for racial strife. Never did I foresee that the NFL would become the nexus for all communal racial conflict. Football has always been oafish, lumbering entertainment, a (very) big boy’s game with lots of mindless collisions and faux strategy that, if anything, boasted of a vapid disinterested perspective that eschewed any serious social dialog.

 

A stupid game that makes people stupid.

 

But what is going on with the game now?  The NFL has magically transformed itself into a maelstrom of racial bitterness and prima dona grandstanding by overpaid “victims.”

 

On October 18, during a routine meeting of the NFL owners, the national anthem protests unsurprisingly came under discussion.  Houston Texans owner, Bob McNair, said something that would normally be innocuous, but given today’s touchy, sensitive, crybaby environment, was redolent of subtle, dog-whistled racism.

 

McNair is reported to have said, simply, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.”

 

That’s all it took.

 

 

Some Texans players considered staging a walkout following a comment by team owner Bob McNair that compared NFL players to “inmates,” a source told ESPN.

 

About 10 players, including Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, left the facility Friday, the source said.

 

Sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Hopkins’ absence from practice was directly related to McNair’s comment. Running back D’Onta Foreman also did not practice over the quote, sources told ESPN.

 

Most of the players who left returned to the facility, the source said, and the remaining players were talked out of their protest by the coaching staff.

 

“When it happened, there’s a thousand emotions going through your mind,” left tackle Duane Brown said. “Obviously, one of the emotions is to leave the building immediately. [But] we decided to go to work. The situation’s not over. It’s something that we’ll reconvene and talk about again, but we had practice today.”

 

Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Hopkins had taken a “personal day.”

 

 

 

McNair, experiencing the Wrath of the Offended that showers upon anyone who misspeaks now, was forced to apologize.

 

 

“I regret that I used that expression,” McNair said in a statement. “I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players. I used a figure of speech that was never intended to be taken literally. I would never characterize our players or our league that way and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it.”

 

 

Am I the only person who finds the defensive posturing by 300-pound millionaire Alpha morons absolutely comical and disingenuous? Do these modern day “gladiators” really expect me to place an ounce of credence in the substance of their whining about “victimization” and “racism?” If we truly lived in a racist society, they would be scraping by on the factory floor to survive. They need to simply shut up, play their ridiculously mundane sport, and leave the victimization matrix to those who truly deserve to be heard.

 

And quit chimping out.

 

 

 

 

 

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