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From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/25/18 8:08 AM 
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February 25, 2018

      "(The Democrat Memo) confirms exactly what we’ve said the whole time — that the FBI used dirt paid for by the Hillary campaign and the Democrat national party and didn’t disclose it to the court,” Nunes said. “In fact, they went out of their way not to disclose it to the court.”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/24/nunes-democrat-memo-drop-proves-collusion-dems-hillary-russian-not-trump-campaign/

Nunes on Democrat Memo Drop: It Proves Dems, Hillary Campaign Colluded with Russians

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) spoke about the release on Saturday of the Democrats’ memo, saying that it confirms what the previously released GOP memo said.

The memo supported the assertion that if any collusion took place with the Russians during the 2016 presidential election, it was with the Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Nunes said he welcomed the release of the Democrat’s memo.

“The reason we wanted it out is because it confirms exactly what we’ve said the whole time — that the FBI used dirt paid for by the Hillary campaign and the Democrat national party and didn’t disclose it to the court,” Nunes said. “In fact, they went out of their way not to disclose it to the court.”

“This is why we wanted it out, and it’s amazing that the Democrats would actually take part in trying to cover this up,” Nunes said. “It’s about a coverup.”

“Not only that, but they’re making excuses as if it was okay to use that information to get a warrant on an American citizen,” Nunes said. “It’s flabbergasting.”

Nunes also said that Congress can do only so much once the facts are out, and that it is up to the executive branch to take enforcement actions.

Breitbart News asked Nunes whether or not anything in what’s been made public points to collusion with the Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“We’ve only seen collusion between the Democratic Party, the Hillary campaign, and the Russians,” Nunes said.

“We have no evidence of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia,” he added.

 
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From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/26/18 7:44 AM 
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February 26, 2018

      "As the nation’s chief law enforcement officer Lynch, Barack Obama’s second attorney general, skirted public-records laws by using the alias Elizabeth Carlisle in emails she sent from her official DOJ account."

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/02/judicial-watch-doj-says-loretta-lynch-used-alias-elizabeth-carlisle-conduct-official-business-protect-security-privacy/

JUDICIAL WATCH: DOJ Says Loretta Lynch Used Alias ‘Elizabeth Carlisle’ to Conduct Official Business to Protect Security, Privacy

The Department of Justice told conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch former Attorney General Loretta Lynch used the alias Elizabeth Carlisle to conduct official business to protect security and privacy. The use of aliases by government officials actually stonewall’s FOIA requests because groups filing FOIA lawsuits don’t know the aliases and only request records using legal names.

This is another way the Obama administration slithered around without the public knowing what they were up to behind the scenes.

Via Judicial Watch:

Illustrating how government hides information from the American public, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch used a fake name to conduct official Department of Justice (DOJ) business in agency emails obtained by Judicial Watch. As the nation’s chief law enforcement officer Lynch, Barack Obama’s second attorney general, skirted public-records laws by using the alias Elizabeth Carlisle in emails she sent from her official DOJ account. In the records provided to Judicial Watch, the DOJ explains it as necessary to “protect her security and privacy and enable her to conduct Department business efficiently via email.”

[…]

In Lynch’s case, Judicial Watch requested the records as part of an investigation into the Obama administration’s involvement in a United Nation’s international law enforcement coalition called Strong Cities Network (SCN). The purported mission of the global coalition was to build social cohesion and community resilience to counter violent extremism. The DOJ masterminded the agreement and Americans found out about the U.S.’s participation when Lynch announced it during a U.N. speech on September 29, 2015. Lynch referred to SCN as a “truly groundbreaking endeavor” and assured the notoriously corrupt world body that the Obama administration was deeply committed to the new initiative. “The government of the United States is fully invested in this collaborative approach and we have seen the value of empowering local communities by promoting initiatives they design and lead themselves,” Lynch said.

In its mission to educate the public about the operations and activities of government, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request with the DOJ on October 15, 2015 for documents related to SCN. Specifically, Judicial Watch asked for legal opinions and analysis prepared by the DOJ relating to the U.S. involvement in the program, documents that form the foundation for the decision for the country to participate in SCN, all international agreements and related records involving the commitment of U.S. resources or personnel to SCN and records of communication between officials in the Office of the Attorney General relating to the initiative. The DOJ claimed to have no records related to the SCN and billed Judicial Watch a startling $50,000 to conduct the search that didn’t produce a single file.

Judicial Watch says the DOJ just furnished the records they requested from a 2015 FOIA lawsuit which cost them $50,000 at the time which previously yielded no records because of the use of an alias.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/26/18 8:49 AM 
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February 26, 2018

            “We actually had the president of the United States, who said on a hot mic to the prime minister of Russia at the time, ‘Just tell Vladimir to wait after the election.’ That was President Obama who said that. So who created this Russian threat? Who? It was the last administration that put us in this position.”

http://www.wnd.com/2018/02/nunes-says-obama-was-in-cahoots-with-russia/#MljwzfFy8mLrIcPd.99

Nunes says Obama was in cahoots with Russia

'Who created this? It was the last administration'

WASHINGTON – House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes is blaming former President Obama for being in cahoots with Russia for eight years and setting the stage for orchestrating a conspiracy theory of collusion between Moscow and Donald Trump during the 2016 election.

“We went through a whole European infrastructure consolidation process of military installations across Europe, abandoned a lot of abilities in the North Atlantic to track Russian subs,” Nunes said. “We actually had the president of the United States, who said on a hot mic to the prime minister of Russia at the time, ‘Just tell Vladimir to wait after the election.’ That was President Obama who said that. So who created this Russian threat? Who? It was the last administration that put us in this position.”

Nunes also turned up the pressure on the Democratic Party and the media in his point-by-point refutation of the recently released memo by the House Intelligence Committee minority.

“We actually wanted this (memo) out,” said Nunes, R-Calif. “It’s clear evidence that the Democrats are not only covering this up, but they’re also colluding with parts of the government to cover this up.”

Others at the Conservative Political Action Conference here echoed similar themes.

Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said the probe and the media’s focus on it was designed to distract from scandals around defeated 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“Stolen and destroyed records. Violations of national security laws. You name it – Judicial Watch has compiled enough evidence to compel the lawful arrest of Hillary Clinton,” said Fitton. “It’s no wonder that the D.C. establishment would rather talk about their made-up garbage about Donald Trump and Russia.”

Nunes was greeted at CPAC with cheers of “thank you!” as soon he took the stage.

“What you’re really seeing is the collapse of the media. It’s really sad,” said Nunes. “Most Americans now understand that no matter where you’re getting your news from, it’s going to be biased.”

The emerging star for Republicans also received a “Defender of Freedom Award,” credited to his “lonely pursuit of truth on behalf of the American people.”

 

 
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February 28, 2018

       "While writing in the Washington Post of his concerns about Russian influence in the U.S., Winer failed to disclose that he worked for a firm that did lobby work for a nuclear company whose parent is owned by the Russian government."

http://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2018/02/27/obama-admin-official-helped-anti-trump-dossier-author-exec-lobbying-firm-russians-bought-uranium-one/

Obama Admin Official Who Helped Anti-Trump Dossier Author Was Exec at Lobbying Firm for Russians Who Bought Uranium One

NEW YORK — Jonathan M. Winer, the Obama State Department official who acknowledged regularly interfacing with the author of the controversial, largely discredited 35-page anti-Trump dossier, served as senior vice president of a firm that did lobbying work for Tenex, the U.S. subsidiary of Rosatom, the Russian state corporation headquartered in Moscow.

In 2010, Rosatom infamously purchased a controlling stake in Uranium One, the Canadian uranium mining company with operations in the U.S. The purchase was approved by the Obama administration in a decision that is currently being probed by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

In a statement to Breitbart News, APCO Worldwide, where Winer served as senior vice president from 2008 to 2013, denied that the firm’s work for Rosatom’s subsidiary Tenex was related to the purchase of Uranium One or to the acquisition of uranium in general. Instead, APCO said its work for Tenex, which took place in 2010 and 2011, focused on sales of fuel to the U.S. energy market. APCO also denied that Winer did any work related to Tenex.

After his name surfaced in news media reports related to probes by House Republicans into the dossier, Winer authored a Washington Post oped in which he conceded that while working at the State Department he exchanged documents and information with dossier author and former British spy Christopher Steele.

Winer further acknowledged that while he was working at the State Department, he shared with Steele anti-Trump material passed to him by longtime Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal, whom Winer described as an “old friend.” Winer wrote that the material from Blumenthal – which Winer in turn gave to Steele — originated with Cody Shearer, who is a controversial figure long tied to various Clinton scandals.

While writing in the Washington Post of his concerns about Russian influence in the U.S., Winer failed to disclose that he worked for a firm that did lobby work for a nuclear company whose parent is owned by the Russian government.

Steele was commissioned to produce the dossier by the Fusion GPS opposition research firm, which was in turn paid for its anti-Trump work by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

The Steele dossier was reportedly utilized by the FBI as part of its probe into Trump and unsubstantiated claims of Russia collusion. According to House Intelligence Committee documents, the questionable dossier was also used by Obama-era federal agencies to obtain a FISA warrant to conduct surveillance on Carter Page, who briefly served as a volunteer foreign policy adviser to Trump’s campaign. The political origins of the dossier and issues relating to Steele’s credibility as a source were kept from the FISA court, a House Intelligence Committee memo documents.

From 2008 to 2013, Winer worked at APCO Worldwide, where he served as senior vice president.

A contract previously obtained by Circa shows that from 2010 to 2011, APCO was paid roughly $3 million by Tenex, the U.S. subsidiary of Rosatom.

Circa reported that it saw the contract between Tenex and APCO, which agreed that the “total fee is comprised of the fixed quarterly fee which shall be $750,000 per each of the four three-month periods of rendering Services here under during the validity period of this contract, including the 18 percent Russian VAT payable in the territory of the Russian Federation.”

Asked to clarify its work for Tenex, APCO sent Breitbart News a statement that “as clearly reported in APCO’s public filings from 2010 and 2011, available to anyone online, APCO’s work for Tenex focused entirely on the company’s interest in continuing sales of fuel to the U.S. energy market.”

“At the time, Tenex provided half of the fuel used by U.S. nuclear energy producers under a Bush administration program,” the APCO statement continued. “Any claim that APCO was involved in the Uranium One transaction or any related CIFIUS matter is completely false.”

As Breitbart News reported, in addition to its work for Tenex, APCO did extensive pro bono work for the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) from 2007 until 2016.

APCO Worldwide recently faced controversy when The Hill reported that paid FBI informant Douglas Campbell, who infiltrated the Russian nuclear business world, claimed to three separate congressional committees in a written statement that Russia hired APCO to influence the Obama administration, singling out Hillary Clinton.

 

 
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March 6, 2018

        "But lawmakers say the FBI didn’t tell Congress about Downer’s prior connection to the Clinton Foundation. Republicans say they are concerned the new information means nearly all of the early evidence the FBI used to justify its election-year probe of Trump came from sources supportive of the Clintons, including the controversial Steele dossier."

http://thehill.com/376858-australian-diplomat-whose-tip-prompted-fbis-russia-probe-has-tie-to-clintons

Australian diplomat whose tip prompted FBI’s Russia-probe has tie to Clintons

The Australian diplomat whose tip in 2016 prompted the Russia-Trump investigation previously arranged one of the largest foreign donations to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s charitable efforts, documents show. 

Former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer’s role in securing $25 million in aid from his country to help the Clinton Foundation fight AIDS is chronicled in decade-old government memos archived on the Australian foreign ministry’s website.  

Downer and former President Clinton jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding in February 2006 that spread out the grant money over four years for a project to provide screening and drug treatment to AIDS patients in Asia.

The money was initially allocated to the Clinton Foundation but later was routed through an affiliate of the charity known as the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), officials said. Australia was one of four foreign governments to donate more than $25 million to CHAI, records show.

In the years that followed, the project won praise for helping thousands of HIV-infected patients in Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, China and Indonesia, but also garnered criticism from auditors about “management weaknesses” and inadequate budget oversight, the memos show.

Downer, now Australia’s ambassador to London, provided the account of a conversation with Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos at a London bar in 2016 that became the official reason the FBI opened the Russia counterintelligence probe.

But lawmakers say the FBI didn’t tell Congress about Downer’s prior connection to the Clinton Foundation. Republicans say they are concerned the new information means nearly all of the early evidence the FBI used to justify its election-year probe of Trump came from sources supportive of the Clintons, including the controversial Steele dossier.

“The Clintons’ tentacles go everywhere. So, that’s why it’s important,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) chairman of a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee that has been taking an increasingly visible role defending the Trump administration in the Russia probe. “We continue to get new information every week it seems that sort of underscores the fact that the FBI hasn’t been square with us.”

Spokesman for the FBI and Russia special counsel Robert Mueller declined comment.

 

 
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March 11, 2018

      "Asked if he agreed with the decision for Republican lawmakers to call for a special counsel to investigation FISA abuse, diGenova said he believes the move is the correct one."

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/03/former-u-s-attorney-james-clapper-peter-strzok-ignored-possible-hack-hillarys-server-consent-obama-video/

Former U.S. Attorney: James Clapper & Peter Strzok Ignored Possible Hack of Hillary’s Server ‘With Consent of Obama’

Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Joe diGenova told Fox News host Tucker Carlson Tuesday evening that he believes FBI agent Peter Strzok and then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper ignored a possible hack of Hillary Clinton’s email server with the ‘consent,’ of former President Barack Obama. 

FOX News Insider:

DiGenova said that not only did FBI Agent Peter Strzok and then-Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper ignore the possible hack, but that they did so “with the consent of the president (Obama).”

Tucker Carlson said technicians found discrepancies in metadata contained in the email server, which may indicate it was hacked or tampered with.

DiGenova said that when Clapper found out the server may have been compromised, he was required by law to do a “damage assessment” to ascertain whether hacking occurred.

The former prosecutor said Clapper did no such thing, and that such action may have provided cover for Strzok – who was working on the related FBI investigation – to decline to investigate further as well.

Asked if he agreed with the decision for Republican lawmakers to call for a special counsel to investigation FISA abuse, diGenova said he believes the move is the correct one.

On Tuesday, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) called for a second special counsel to investigate FISA abuse committed by the FBI and DOJ.

Shortly after sending the letter to Sessions, Gowdy revealed to FOX News’ Bill Hemmer that he reached the conclusion a second special counsel is required after learning Inspector General Horowitz doesn’t have the subpoena power to use on former FBI Director James Comey and outgoing Deputy Director Andrew McCabe as witnesses.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon3/12/18 8:10 AM 
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March 12, 2018

            "I (Sessions) have appointed a person outside of Washington...to look at all the allegations that the House Judiciary Committee members sent to us and we're conducting that investigation,"..."it is better for the DOJ to be quiet about its investigations." Sessions is a careful man, someone who doesn't like to make noise or make waves. Appointing a special counsel, with all the attendant political hoopla and debate, would have defeated that goal."

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/why-no-investigation-into-fbi-justice-dept-collusion-with-democrats-to-spy-on-trump-turns-out-there-is-one/

Why No Investigation Into FBI, Justice Dept. Collusion With Democrats To Spy On Trump? Turns Out, There Is One

Russia Scandal: For weeks, official Washington and many voters have wondered: Why has there been no official investigation of the Justice Department and the FBI for their apparent misconduct in applying to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to spy on the Trump campaign in 2016? Now we know: Quietly, an investigation has already begun.

The question has grown in importance in recent days as Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, released a letter they sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Tuesday urgently seeking an investigation.

They cited a long list of possible abuses: "There is evidence of bias, trending toward animus, among those charged with investigating serious cases. There is evidence political opposition research was used in court filings. There is evidence this political opposition research was neither vetted before it was used nor fully revealed to the relevant tribunal."

Any of these allegations, if true, are enough to fatally taint the ongoing investigation, now spearheaded by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and possibly even lead to criminal charges.

Perhaps even more important, Goodlatte and Gowdy wrote, is that the appearance of misconduct threatens to "impugn" and undermine our justice system and those who staff it in the eyes of both Congress and the public. It's a question of public confidence.

It's not clear that Sessions responded to the two. But speaking with Fox News host Shannon Bream, Sessions said he has already appointed someone to investigate.

"I have appointed a person outside of Washington, many years in the Department of Justice, to look at all the allegations that the House Judiciary Committee members sent to us and we're conducting that investigation," Sessions said in an interview Wednesday.

What's surprising is how quiet it's been. Why is this investigation, which in our opinion is far more important than the ongoing marathon investigation of the Trump campaign for alleged "collusion" with Russia, being conducted on such a low-key level?

American Thinker founder and editor Thomas Lifson may be on to something when he says, "it is better for the DOJ to be quiet about its investigations." Sessions is a careful man, someone who doesn't like to make noise or make waves. Appointing a special counsel, with all the attendant political hoopla and debate, would have defeated that goal.

What's important, and what has been left out of all previous serious investigations, is the role Hillary Clinton and her campaign have played in all this. Clinton's campaign paid for the Trump dossier and, indirectly, for the former British spy who collected dirt on Trump from Russian officials — the same dossier, by the way, later used to apply to FISC for a right to spy on the Trump campaign.

It's pretty clear that's where the real 2016 campaign collusion with the Russians was — not in the Trump camp.

We'd also hope that the investigation will look at the roles played by former high-level FBI official James Strzok and Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, both Hillary Clinton supporters, who played a major role in having possible charges dropped against Clinton for her clearly illegal use of an unsecured email server, and who apparently were incurious about Clinton's earlier role in delivering control over 20% of the U.S. domestic uranium supply to a Russian government-owned company, Rosatom. Officials linked to that deal gave the Clinton Family Foundation $145 million.

 

 
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March 13, 2018

       "Winer further acknowledged that while at the State Department, he shared anti-Trump material with Steele passed to him by longtime Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal,"

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/03/12/documents-link-putins-favorite-oligarch-obama-official-aided-anti-trump-dossier/

Documents Link Putin’s ‘Favorite’ Oligarch and Obama Official Who Aided Author of Anti-Trump Dossier

Jonathan M. Winer, the Obama State Department official who acknowledged regularly interfacing and exchanging information with the author of the largely discredited 35-page anti-Trump dossier, signed disclosure forms for his former firm to represent a Russian billionaire known as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s favorite oligarch.

The detail, being brought to light herein, may raise immediate questions about the origins of the dossier. The oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, had a reported business dispute with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, is closely tied to Putin and has long been viewed as pushing Russian national interests.

Already, there have been questions about Deripaska’s possible relationship with dossier author Christopher Steele amid reports that the billionaire may have served as a source for the dossier itself.

Also, recently leaked text messages show extensive communication between a Russia-connected lawyer and Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee. The attorney, Adam Waldman, was a paid lobbyist for Deripaska.  The messages show Warner attempted to arrange a meeting with Steele through Waldman.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley recently sent a letter to an attorney believed to be working for Deripaska asking whether the lawyer had hired Steele’s private firm, Orbis Business Intelligence Limited, to do work on behalf of Deripaska. A recent New Yorker article profiling Steele also raised the possibility that Deripaska was one of Steele’s private clients.

At a hearing last month, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) asked FBI Director Christopher Wray whether there was information that Steele was working with Deripaska when he compiled the dossier. Wray responded that he could not answer the question at a public hearing.

A January letter from Grassley sent to John Podesta, who served as chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, asked Podesta to provide the Senate Judicial Committee with correspondence with numerous individuals, including Deripaska. That same letter was sent to the Perkins Coie law firm, which represented Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Steele was commissioned to produce the dossier by the controversial Fusion GPS opposition research firm, which was paid for its anti-Trump work by Clinton’s 2016 campaign and the DNC via Perkins Coie.

While questions surround Steele’s possible ties to Deripaska, the news media and legislative investigators may have missed a confirmed link between Deripaska and a State Department official involved in passing anti-Trump claims to Steele during the period that the dossier was compiled – namely Winer.

After his name surfaced in news media reports related to probes by House Republicans into the dossier, Winer authored a Washington Post op-ed in which he conceded that while he was working at the State Department he exchanged documents and information with dossier author and former British spy Christopher Steele.

Winer further acknowledged that while at the State Department, he shared anti-Trump material with Steele passed to him by longtime Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal, whom Winer described as an “old friend.” Winer wrote that the material from Blumenthal – which Winer in turn gave to Steele – originated with Cody Shearer, who is a controversial figure long tied to various Clinton scandals.

 

 
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March 14, 2018

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/03/chairman-nunes-expands-probe-hillarys-phony-dossier-letter-obama-advisor-linked-fusion-gps/

Chairman Nunes Expands Probe Into Hillary’s Phony Dossier With Letter to Obama Advisor Linked to Fusion GPS

The House Intel Committee headed by Chairman Nunes just expanded their probe into Hillary’s phony dossier.

The House Intel Committee issued letters to a dozen former Obama administration officials on Friday.

One of the former Obama officials who received the questionnaire from Nunes happens to be the wife of a Fusion GPS employee.

Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller reported:

The Daily Caller News Foundation is told that one of the letters was sent to Shailagh Murray, a former journalist who served as senior adviser to Obama and as former Vice President Joe Biden’s deputy chief of staff.

Murray’s husband is Neil King, a former Wall Street Journal reporter who worked at the newspaper at the same time as Fusion GPS’s three co-founders, Glenn Simpson, Peter Fritsch, and Tom Catan. Murray also worked at The Journal until 2005. She joined the Obama administration in 2011.

King left The Journal in December 2016 after accepting a buyout offer. Politico reported at the time that he was joining Fusion GPS, which is based in Washington, D.C.

House Intel Republicans are exploring whether there are similarities to Justice Department official Bruce Ohr and his wife, Nellie Ohr, according to Fox News, which first reported that Murray was being sent a letter. Bruce met with Fusion’s Simpson shortly after the election to discuss the dossier. Nellie worked for Fusion at the time as a researcher on the firm’s investigation on President Donald Trump.

Fox also reports that a questionnaire was sent to Colin Kahl, who served as national security adviser to Biden.

According to Chuck Ross’s report, the letter is also asking the officials when they found out about the dossier and when they learned Hillary Clinton’s campaign paid for the salacious document.

 

 
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March 15, 2018

            “Barack Obama also hired the company to dig up dirt on Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential candidate...The Obama campaign hid its payments to Fusion GPS through its law firm, Perkins Coie. The arrangement is similar to the one that the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee used to pay Fusion for its investigation of then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016,”

http://www.wnd.com/2018/03/report-obama-hired-dossier-creator-before-hillary-did/#fBIXvCWK1K4X726p.99

Obama hired 'dossier' creator before Hillary did

'If you keep looking ... you're gonna end up at the White House as the origin point for all of this'

The world already knows how deeply involved the Washington consulting firm Fusion GPS was in the creation of the so-called “dossier” that made “salacious,” and incidentally unverified, claims about then-candidate Donald Trump.

After all, it hired Michael Steele, the British ex-spy who consulted with his Russian sources and likely wrote up most of the claims.

It was being paid by the Hillary Clinton campaign to find the political “dirt” on Trump.

And the world knows the same company was all-in for the defense of Planned Parenthood, which was caught on undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress of officials talking about their lucrative trade in selling unborn baby body parts.

Now, the Daily Caller is reporting a new book is claiming Barack Obama also hired the company to dig up dirt on Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential candidate.

“The Obama campaign hid its payments to Fusion GPS through its law firm, Perkins Coie. The arrangement is similar to the one that the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee used to pay Fusion for its investigation of then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016,” the report said.

The Clinton contract “led to the creation of the infamous Steele dossier, which was written by former British spy Christopher Steele,” the DC reported.

It is “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on American and Donald Trump’s Election” by Michael Isikoff and David Corn, that makes the allegation.

“In 2012, Fusion GPS was hired to do opposition research on Mitt Romney for Barack Obama’s reelection campaign,” the book explains.

The authors are veteran reporters who met during the 2016 campaign with Steele and Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson.

Rush Limbaugh noted on his broadcast Tuesday, “If you keep looking … you’re gonna end up at the Obama White House as the origin point for all of this.”

The DC report explained, “‘As had become standard practice in the shadowy world of ‘oppo’ research, the Obama campaign’s payments to Fusion GPS were never publicly disclosed; the money paid to the investigative firm was reported on campaign disclosure reports as legal bills to the campaign’s law firm, Perkins Coie,’ the book reads.”

The report said the Obama for America team paid Perkins Coie some $3 million during that election cycle, federal reports reveal, mostly for “legal services.”

So the Caller said it was not clear how much was paid for research on Romney.

During the 2016 election cycle, the report said, Perkins Coie got some $12 million from the Clinton campaign and DNC, and Fusion GPS was paid just over $1 million for its “research” on Trump.

That company paid Steele not even $178,000 for his work.

It was WND columnist Jack Cashill who described how GPS became “something of an open book” with the release of the congressional Nunes memo describing the weakness of evidenced used in Washington to obtain permission to spy on the Trump campaign.

 

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