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House Intel Committee Files Late Night Motion for Fusion GPS’ Bank to Obey Subpoena

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The Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the U.S. House of Representatives has filed a motion in federal court to compel the bank of Fusion GPS, the firm behind the infamous ‘golden showers’ dossier, to obey their subpoena for the firm’s records.

The committee is seeking the bank records in an attempt to figure out who financed the dossier, who received the dossier, what steps were taken to verify the information and whether or not any US agencies used this unverified and discredited dossier to obtain surveillance applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The House is also looking into whether Fusion GPS engaged in “other Russia-related work” within the scope of the Committee’s pending investigation.

After the committee issued a subpoena for the bank records, Fusion filed a motion to halt the bank from complying. In the very early hours of Saturday morning, Thomas Hungar of the Office of General Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives filed a counter motion in federal court to force the bank to comply.

The motion, obtained by Big League Politics, states that “public reports reveal that Fusion GPS has allegedly been involved in lobbying against the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (which allows the Executive Branch to impose travel restrictions and sanctions on foreign persons responsible for human rights violations); providing litigation support in the Magnitsky related Prevezon Holdings money laundering case; and receiving compensation from the Russian government.”

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“As part of its inquiry into the Russian active measures targeting the 2016 U.S. election, the Committee seeks, among other things, to understand all facets of the ‘dossier’ which include: Who paid for it? Who received it? What steps were taken to corroborate the information contained therein? Did the FBI rely on the ‘dossier’ as part of its counterintelligence investigation that was initiated in July 2016, as publicly announced by former FBI Director James Comey on March 20, 2017? The key to answering many of these questions lies with information in the possession of Fusion GPS, as well as records of one or more Fusion accounts at Defendant Bank,” the motion continues.

Further, it declares that the committee’s subpoena for bank records was validly issued, does not violate First Amendment rights, and that Congressional subpoenas are not limited by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and Right to Financial Privacy Act.

In addition to the committee’s filing, President Donald Trump also took to Twitter on Saturday to urge the Justice Department or FBI to release information on who funded the dossier.

In a must-read op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Kimberly Strassel painted a vivid portrait of who and what exactly Fusion GPS is. She explained that Fusion GPS is “a firm that in 2012 was paid to dig through the divorce records of a Mitt Romney donor. It’s a firm that human-rights activist Thor Halvorssen testified was hired to spread malicious rumors about him. It’s a firm that financier Bill Browder testified worked to delegitimize his efforts to get justice for Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer beaten to death in a Russian prison.”

Earlier this week, Peter Fritsch and Thomas Catan, two of the partners at Fusion GPS, invoked the Fifth Amendment during a House Intelligence Committee hearing, refusing to answer the questions about the dossier that were posed to them. The Fifth Amendment only gives someone protection from having to provide self-incriminating evidence — and this was invoked on questions ranging from who paid the former M16 officer Christopher Steele to questions about the firm’s own involvement in the dossier.

“No American should be required to appear before a congressional committee just to invoke his constitutional privileges. But that is what chairman Nunes required of our clients at Fusion GPS today, in a sharp departure from even the past practice of this committee’s investigation, where witnesses under the exact same circumstances were excused from appearing,” Fusion attorney Joshua Levy said during a press conference on Wednesday.

Strassel’s report also details how House Republicans have been stonewalling this investigation — and their shocking behavior during this week’s hearing. One of the most jaw-dropping claims include staffers for Adam Schiff interrupting Congressman Tom Rooney and accusing him of badgering a witness. “Staff do not interrupt congressmen,” she noted in her report, “they do not accuse them of misbehavior. And they certainly do not act as defense attorneys for witnesses.”

Steele, through Fusion GPS, was originally hired by “political opponents” within the Democratic and Republican parties to investigate Trump, but it has not been revealed exactly who hired him. According to reports, anti-Trump Senator John McCain had sent an intermediary to London in November to collect the dossier, which was then personally passed to FBI Director James Comey.

When asked about his connection to the dossier by the Daily Caller on Wednesday, McCain reportedly became “testy” and asserted, that he “gave it to no one except for the director of the FBI.” He added, “I don’t know why you’re digging this up now.”

Along with the bizarre claims about prostitutes and urine, the Fusion GPS dossier also accused Russian tech executive Aleksej Gubarev of hacking into DNC computers and being responsible for the emails released by WikiLeaks. He is currently suing both BuzzFeed, who published a portion of the dossier, and Steele.

The allegations contained within the dossier have been dismissed by both Trump, who has referred to Steele as a “failed spy,” and by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Cassandra Fairbanks is a senior reporter at Big League Politics and a DC-based writer and populist political commentator who has been published in a range of outlets including Sputnik News, Teen Vogue, and the International Business Times.

 

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Week After U.S. Senate Nomination, Virginia Delegation Silent on Corey Stewart

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A full week after Corey Stewart won the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in Virginia, earning the right to take on  incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), elected officials at the highest level of the Virginia GOP have failed to announce their support for the candidate.

In fact, they have actively avoided the question, and predictably, Democrats have seized on the opportunity to make them look foolish.

GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock (VA-10) dodged American Bridge’s questions a few days ago:

Big League Politics reached out to Comstock personally, and to her office. Neither returned a request for comment.

Alleged Republican Rep. Scott Taylor (VA-02) would not talk either:

“Reach out to my office,” Taylor said.

Big League Politics did just that. Timothys Foster, Talyor’s spokesman, did not return our email request for comment.

Republican Rep. Dave Brat failed to express support for Stewart too, though he came close.

“Judeo-Christian values, that’s what I’m running on,” said Brat. “I’ll support anyone who shares those values.”

Brat did not respond to Big League Politics’ request for comment either.

Stewart was embroiled in controversy during his primary run after the neo-liberal website Daily Wire ran a dishonest hit piece on him, claiming that he was an anti-Semite. There is no proof to support the allegation, other than Stewart’s support for Paul Nehlan, who made anti-semitic remarks. At the time of the questionable comments, Nehlan had the support of most of the GOP. He has since wholly denounced by the Stewart and the rest of the party.

For their part, the Republican Party of Virginia expressed support for Stewart via Twitter. When Stewart appeared on CNN for an interview with host Chris Cuomo, the liberal anchor tried to peg Stewart as a racist. Stewart replied by pointing out that Cuomo’s family has long been tied to anti-Semitism.

Former RPV executive Shaun Kenney denounced the party’s support.

“It’s not just eccentric, it’s offensive,” he said. “In a previous era, had a member of RPV staff issued comments like that, I would have fired them on the spot.”

The morally superior virtue-signaling will get the Virginia GOP nowhere.  Making false allegations of racism is a decades-old strategy used by Democrats against Republicans. They make the same claims against nearly every GOP candidate running for an important office.

But the establishment GOP, no matter how many times the Democrats have played the race card, still have not figured out the left’s tricks.

It is time to stand with Corey Stewart. Anything less is de facto support for Hillary Clinton sycophant Kaine, a hard-leftist who has failed Virginians in his tenure as a Senator.

 

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Disgraced FBI Agent Strozk Willing to Testify Before House Judiciary Committee

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A disgraced FBI agent who promised his colleagues that he “will stop” President Donald J. Trump from being elected is willing to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, according to a letter sent by his attorney Sunday.

According to the letter that was obtained by CNN,  Aitan Goelman, lawyer for FBI agent Peter Strzok, says that House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s pursuit of a subpoena to compel Strzok to testify is “wholly unnecessary.”

Strzok “has been fully cooperative with the DOJ Office of Inspector General” and “intends to voluntarily appear and testify before [the House Judiciary] committee and any other Congressional committee that invites him.”

The recently released Inspector General’s report brought to light more anti-Trump text messages between Strzok and his lover, fellow agent Lisa Page. Both were terrified of a Trump presidency and apparently willing to try to stop it.

Big League Politics reported:

Rep. Mark Meadows said that this information was withheld from Congress — clearly by deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein and others.

This proves definitively what observers already know: James Comey’s FBI was weaponized against Trump in order to help Hillary Clinton win the election. Clinton was already the Democratic nominee when the following exchange occurred, courtesy of Thursday’s Inspector General report by Michael Horowitz. The conversation occurred on August 8, 2016:

“Lisa Page: [Trump is] not ever going to become President, right? Right?!

Strzok: No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”

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Strzok also rigged the warrant of disgraced former Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner’s laptop to protect Hillary Clinton from the damaging information it contained.

“On October 29, 2016 Strzok broke FBI policy and emailed a sealed draft warrant for the Weiner emails to his personal email, ” former FBI Special Surveillance Group member Chuck Marler told Big League Politics. “Obviously he wanted to work on the draft out of view of the FBI and most likely allow someone else to view it for their input. What did he put in the warrant that was filed the following day”

Strzok appears willing to testify before the Committee without immunity and without invoking his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.

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Oversized: Rosie O’Donnell Makes Potentially Illegal Campaign Donations

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According to a New York Post analysis of campaign filings, Rosie O’Donnell made illegally oversized donations to five federal Democrat candidates.

“Nothing nefarious,” the washed up comedian and Donald Trump critic said. “I was not choosing to over donate.”

But O’Donnell regularly broke the Federal Election Commission’s rules that limit donations to $2,700 per candidate per election campaign. The limit is applies separately to primaries, run-offs, and general elections, with each considered a new race.

“If 2700 is the cut off — [candidates] should refund the money,” she said. “I don’t look to see who I can donate most to … I just donate assuming they do not accept what is over the limit.”

But intent is not an element of the crime, and O’Donnell’s blind faith that politicians would simply return her money if she over-donated is either pathetically naive or a lie to cover for herself.

O’Donnell donated $4,700 to Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) in his race against Judge Roy Moore. Jones won the race by

She also gave $3,700 to Rep. Conor Lamb, (D-PA), $2,950 to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), $4,200 to Lauren Underwood, a current Illinois congressional candidate, and $3,450 to Omar Vaid, an outsider congressional candidate from Staten Island, NY.

“My anxiety is quelled by donating to those opposing Trump [and] his agenda — especially at night — when most of these were placed,” she said.

Don’t worry plebeians, O’Donnell quells her anxiety by throwing bundles of cash at Democrats and breaking the law. Perhaps someone at the FEC can alert her that there’s medicine for that. And people still wonder why the political left is so out of touch with the average American.

According to campaign finance lawyer Jan Witold Baran, donors are rarely fined for excess contributions and then only if they are hiding the donations from the recipients. She said that campaigns generally are not penalized for isolated contributions over a limit.

Candidates who receive excess donations are allowed simply to roll the excess funds over to their next campaign.

In effect, the law is useless as it is seldom enforced. Leave it to the D.C. swamp.

“I also maxed out to Cynthia Nixon,” O’Donnell told the Post. “And I loathe Jeannine Pirro.”

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