Company behind dirty dossier stonewalling Congress
The firm behind the salacious and unsubstantiated Trump dossier is refusing to to cooperate with the Senate Judiciary Committee's request to provide documentation or respond to questions sent from the committee in March about the clients who paid for the dossier that launched the investigation into the administration and its alleged Russian connections.The document takes on more relevance after former FBI Director Comey's testimony where he premised his investigation of the Trump campaign on the document in question. I get the feeling they may be trying to protect the Clinton campaign.
The Republican Chairman of the committee, Senator Charles Grassley, warned Fusion GPS, the firm that compiled the dossier, in March about its obligation "to provide details on the history of the dossier" including the clients who paid for it.
The committee also wanted information on Christopher Steele, the former British spy who was hired to work on the project and how the FBI came to be involved in the dossier, and if the FBI paid Steele for his work.
But Fusion GPS, led by former Wall Street Journal reporter Glen Simpson, told the senator's office both in multiple phone calls and in a letter from the company's attorney, Joshua A. Levy, that the committees request for information and documents are "protected by the First Amendment right, attorney client privilege, attorney work product, and contractual rights (e.g., confidentiality agreements) of Fusion and/or its clients."
In a letter to Simpson the committee chided the excuses saying "the minimal and vague explanations your attorney has provided, the Committee cannot adequately assess your claims."
"Thus, we must presume that they are unfounded," the letter from the committee stated. "Moreover, even if any of these claims were once valid, it appears they may have been waived when Fusion shared various versions of the dossier with journalists, members of Congress, and the FBI."