Unwilling to comply with the latest subpoena for records and materials issued by House Republicans, Fusion GPS is fighting back in court. On Thursday a Federal Judge said that Fusion GPS must turn over their bank records.
Recently unrecused House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes has been very busy since being cleared of ethics violations and he has his sights set on Fusion GPS, the firm that was paid by a conservative publication The Washington Free Beacon and later on by the Hillary Clinton campaign to do research on Donald Trump. Fusion GPS hired former British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele to put together the dossier, much of which has been corroborated since it leaked to the public.
Despite testifying to the committee and complying with previous subpoenas by providing documents, House Republicans want more.
On Thursday, Fusion GPS attorney Theodore Boutrous Jr. announced that the firm is going to challenge the subpoena in a court of law.
“We plan to appeal this ruling. Instead of focusing its efforts on Russian meddling in the presidential election, the Committee continues to misuse its investigatory powers to punish and smear Fusion GPS for its role in uncovering troubling ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. The Committee is violating Fusion’s First Amendment and due process rights, and we will continue our fight to protect those rights.”
This latest development follows a New York Times op-ed written by Fusion GPS founders Glenn R. Simpson and Peter Fritsch in which they accused Congress of not releasing their full testimony because they are “chasing rabbits” to protect Donald Trump.
As we told the Senate Judiciary Committee in August, our sources said the dossier was taken so seriously because it corroborated reports the bureau had received from other sources, including one inside the Trump camp.
The intelligence committees have known for months that credible allegations of collusion between the Trump camp and Russia were pouring in from independent sources during the campaign. Yet lawmakers in the thrall of the president continue to wage a cynical campaign to portray us as the unwitting victims of Kremlin disinformation.
The Fusion GPS founders also explained how the FBI obtained the dossier.
What came back shocked us. Mr. Steele’s sources in Russia (who were not paid) reported on an extensive — and now confirmed — effort by the Kremlin to help elect Mr. Trump president. Mr. Steele saw this as a crime in progress and decided he needed to report it to the F.B.I.
We did not discuss that decision with our clients, or anyone else. Instead, we deferred to Mr. Steele, a trusted friend and intelligence professional with a long history of working with law enforcement. We did not speak to the F.B.I. and haven’t since.
Now, it’s up to the court to decide and it’s not off to a good start so far. US District Judge Richard Leon denied the firm’s request for an injunction earlier the same day. However, Fusion is appealing the decision so they do not have to comply.
Think about it though if Fusion GPS has to disclose bank records it will disclose the people behind the funding which is going to expose people from both parties.
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