That company, Fusion GPS and its head, Glenn R. Simpson, have no attorney-client privilege for the dossier.
Nevertheless, they are effectively refusing to cooperate with Congressional investigators, who have requested relevant documents.
What Fusion GPS gave them instead was thousands of blank pages and publicly-available news clips.
Fusion GPS is at the center of the Trump-Russia Collusion Story
Fusion GPS received unverified materials (some now discredited) from former British spy, Christopher Steele. British court documents show that the materials were exchanged via encrypted communications.
If the dossier was just bad opposition research, it would be par for the course in politics and not worth much investigation.
But the dossier, with its nasty, unverified, and salacious (but false) charges against Trump, turned out to be very consequential.
It was this unverified dossier that then-FBI chief James Comey relied upon to launch his own agency’s investigation and later leaked to the press to force a Special Counsel investigation.
Very consequential, indeed.
The best reporters on these intelligence issues, Fox’s Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne, say this:
In March, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote to Simpson asking if Steele – who compiled the raw, unverified intelligence – was simultaneously paid by Simpson’s firm Fusion GPS for his work and the FBI for the investigation of then-candidate Trump and his associates.
Separately, the House Intelligence Committee has issued subpoenas to the FBI for records on the FBI’s relationship with Steele, Fox News is told. –Herridge, Browne, and Cyd Upson for Fox News
Who Is Behind the Dossier? Who Paid for It?
Where Did the Unverified Information Originate?
One very credible Congressional witness, Bill Browder (high on Putin’s enemies list), has publicly testified that Fusion GPS and its founder, Glenn Simpson, were behind stories meant to discredit Browder and smear his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky.
According to Browder, Simpson was peddling these smears to various media. One of Simpson’s allegations: Magnitsky, who was killed in Russia, was an underworld figure. Western sources think the Kremlin was behind the killing. The implication is that Fusion GPS was trying to clear Putin of a political murder.
The Magnitsky Act and Fusion GPS
The lawyer’s assassination is particularly important because the latest US sanctions against Russia are named for attorney: the Magnitsky Act.
Repealing that act is one of Putin’s highest priorities, and Fusion GPS’s actions further that goal.
You will remember that the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskya, who met with Trump campaign officials in June 2016 was mainly interested in repealing the Magnitsky Act.
Interestingly, Simpson’s spokesman at Fusion GPS was a special adviser to then-AG Eric Holder, so the firm is not just “lawyered up,” it has hired people with connections to senior Democrats.
Simpson’s goal is to delay, delay, delay and hope the Senate gets tired of the investigation.
If he doesn’t produce documents and testify, they will charge him with contempt.
When Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch ran the DOJ, they simply ignored the Congressional findings of contempt.
Sessions’ DOJ will take them before a judge for enforcement.
Knowing that, and knowing that testifying about his secret dealings and sources of funding could ruin his lucrative business, Glenn Simpson is trying rope-a-dope delaying tactics.