The editor of the Washington Free Beacon Matthew Continetti and the outlet’s chairman, Michael Goldfarb, posted a statement about the outlet’s participation in the research project on President Donald J. Trump, which developed into the so-called “Trump Dossier.”
Continetti is the son-in-law of Weekly Standard Editor-at-Large William Kristol, a vehement opponent of Trump.
Last Friday, it was Washington Examiner journalist Byron York, who broke the story that Free Beacon, which is backed by billionaire Paul Singer, originally hired FusionGPS to dig up dirt on Trump. Singer was a supporter of Sen. Marco Rubio (R.-Fla.) and Speaker Paul D. Ryan Jr. (R.-Wis.). One of Ryan closest private advisors is Singer staffer Dan Senor.
York reported that after it appeared that Trump had secured the GOP presidential nomination, FusionGPS kept the project going by bringing it to Hillary R. Clinton’s campaign. It was then that FusionGPS hired former English intelligence officer Christopher Steele.
Statement by Matthew Continetti and Michael Goldfarb:
Since its launch in February of 2012, the Washington Free Beacon has retained third party firms to conduct research on many individuals and institutions of interest to us and our readers. In that capacity, during the 2016 election cycle we retained Fusion GPS to provide research on multiple candidates in the Republican presidential primary, just as we retained other firms to assist in our research into Hillary Clinton. All of the work that Fusion GPS provided to the Free Beacon was based on public sources, and none of the work product that the Free Beacon received appears in the Steele dossier. 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. Nor did we have any knowledge of the relationship between Fusion GPS and the Democratic National Committee, Perkins Coie, and the Clinton campaign.
Representatives of the Free Beacon approached the House Intelligence Committee today and offered to answer what questions we can in their ongoing probe of Fusion GPS and the Steele dossier. But to be clear: We stand by our reporting, and we do not apologize for our methods. We consider it our duty to report verifiable information, not falsehoods or slander, and we believe that commitment has been well demonstrated by the quality of the journalism that we produce. The First Amendment guarantees our right to engage in news-gathering as we see fit, and we intend to continue doing just that as we have since the day we launched this project.
Leaked Zoom Calls and Documents Show Federal Workers and Activists Conspiring to Participate in a COUP and SHUT DOWN THE WHITE HOUSE
Leftists have lost their minds.
A trove of leaked Zoom calls, handbooks, and documents were leaked Sunday that reveal the extent to which left-wing activists and federal workers are making plans to disrupt the federal government, including shutting down the White House and Congress, in a report published by CD Media.
Two websites were created to house the footage and the documents, SunriseExposed.com and ExposeSunrise.com. CD Media reports that all content has been passed on to the police and that the websites will be updated regularly over the next 24 hours with more documents, videos, and images.
The leaker was a “disaffected insider” of the far-left Sunrise Movement, which was founded in 2017 and has legal nonprofit status.
Within the trove of leaked documents and footage is “a well-coordinated plan to shut down federal buildings (including the White House), public transportation portals, and disrupt Congress when it returns post-election.”
The video below depicts federal workers on a Zoom call discussing “actions and decisions” within their “immediate spheres of influence” and revealing that what they’re engaging in is in fact a coup d’etat. One woman discussed preparation for the possibility that various left-wing activist groups will cross “red lines” and to “think about different actions that can be taken well beyond street protests and demonstrations, kind of sustained organizing and action.”
Another video depicts members of the Shut Down DC group detailing their plans to, well, shut down parts of DC, including the White House.
“On the 5th, we’re going to shut down the White House. On the 6th, we’re going to shut down larger parts of DC,” said one man on the leaked Zoom call. He also mentions confronting members of Congress trying to get to DC and “sending them back to where they came from.”
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