Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, January 03, 2018

A generation ago, Republicans sought to protect President Richard Nixon by urging the Senate Watergate committee to look at supposed wrongdoing by Democrats in previous elections.

The committee chairman, Sam Ervin, a Democrat, said that would be "as foolish as the man who went bear hunting and stopped to chase rabbits."

Today, amid a growing criminal inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, congressional Republicans are again chasing rabbits.

We know because we're their favorite quarry.

In the year since the publication of the so-called Steele dossier -- the collection of intelligence reports we commissioned about Donald Trump's ties to Russia -- the president has repeatedly attacked us on Twitter.

His allies in Congress have dug through our bank records and sought to tarnish our firm to punish us for highlighting his links to Russia.

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Conservative news outlets and even our former employer, The Wall Street Journal, have spun a succession of mendacious conspiracy theories about our motives and backers.

We are happy to correct the record. In fact, we already have.

Republicans have refused to release full transcripts of our firm's testimony, even as they selectively leak details to media outlets on the far right. It's time to share what our company told investigators.

We don't believe the Steele dossier was the trigger for the F.B.I.'s investigation into Russian meddling. 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.

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"We suggested investigators look into the bank records of Deutsche Bank and others that were funding Mr. Trump's businesses. Congress appears uninterested in that tip: Reportedly, ours are the only bank records the House Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed.

We told Congress that from Manhattan to Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., and from Toronto to Panama, we found widespread evidence that Mr. Trump and his organization had worked with a wide array of dubious Russians in arrangements that often raised questions about money laundering. Likewise, those deals don't seem to interest Congress.

We explained how, from our past journalistic work in Europe, we were deeply familiar with the political operative Paul Manafort's coziness with Moscow and his financial ties to Russian oligarchs close to Vladimir Putin."

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"Yes, we hired Mr. Steele, a highly respected Russia expert. But we did so without informing him whom we were working for and gave him no specific marching orders beyond this basic question: Why did Mr. Trump repeatedly seek to do deals in a notoriously corrupt police state that most serious investors shun?

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."

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"It is time to stop chasing rabbits. The public still has much to learn about a man with the most troubling business past of any United States president. Congress should release transcripts of our firm's testimony, so that the American people can learn the truth about our work and most important, what happened to our democracy."

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#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-03 01:25 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

fantastic.

#2 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-01-03 01:59 AM | Reply

Truth will out.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-03 08:08 AM | Reply

American People-Trump Season!

Republicans-Wabbit Season!

American People-TRUMP SEASON!

Republicans-Wabbit Season!

American People-TRUMP SEASON!

Republicans-Wabbit Season!

Admit it Mitch McConnell would make a good Elmer Fudd

#4 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-01-03 08:26 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Lol, Glenn Simpson conveniently forgets the that he worked for Russian gov't to repeal Magnitsky Act, as well as the dossier.

Posting Putin propaganda, much like the Hillary campaign.

Keep cutting pasting corky, perhaps it will come true.

#5 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2018-01-03 10:50 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

perhaps it will come true.

#5 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2018-01-03

It is true. The only question is how hard it has to bang you on the head.

#6 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-03 10:52 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Even now I've reserved space to think that Trump's efforts to hide something deals with some very bizarre issue of Trump's pride. Something that plainly undercuts one of more things he likes to brag about himself. Something in his mind makes him look like a loser.

I realize that money-laundering with the Russians neatly accounts for that space. So there's nothing left but the Criminal/Traitor theory.

#7 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-03 11:32 AM | Reply

For a "fake" investigation it is sure interesting that Fusion and the NYT feel it is so important to "correct the record" and "share what [Fusion] told investigators" in an opinion piece. It's almost as if they have a "unity of interest" in maintaining the validity of the Steele Dossier.

The most interesting piece of "new" information in this op-ed is when Simpson and Frisch say they never talked to the FBI:

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.

If, as the NYT has maintained, the FBI used the Steele Dossier to get FISA warrants on Carter Page, why didn't the FBI ever talk to the guys who hired Steele to verify his employment or vet the information?

#8 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-03 01:05 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#8

Maybe because they knew Steele as a well-respected source among the US intel community; someone who's intel had been used previously.

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-03 01:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#9

That could very well be, (and I am not trying to be snarky/trolling here) but the fact that neither Simpson or Frisch have never talked to the FBI yet have testified before Congress and met with Mueller seems really odd to me from an investigation standpoint. As a prosecutor you always insist that your investigators verify sources, it seems like even a phone call would have sufficed.

#10 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-03 01:30 PM | Reply

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I realize that money-laundering with the Russians neatly accounts for that space. So there's nothing left but the Criminal/Traitor theory.

I doubt that is what Mueller is shooting for but could be a by-product, but given the size of the Trump Organization it will be really hard to pin that directly on the President. That being said, Obstruction of Justice is still his most impeachable offense.

#11 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-03 01:34 PM | Reply

"We suggested investigators look into the bank records of Deutsche Bank and others that were funding Mr. Trump's businesses. Congress appears uninterested in that tip: Reportedly, ours are the only bank records the House Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed."

Kind of the most damning statement of congress from the article.

#12 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-01-03 03:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Hmm, including one inside the Trump camp?

"We don't believe the Steele dossier was the trigger for the F.B.I.'s investigation into Russian meddling. 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."

If true, could prove deadly to Trump's presidency. If true, I'd like to know who.

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-03 04:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"If, as the NYT has maintained, the FBI used the Steele Dossier to get FISA warrants on Carter Page, why didn't the FBI ever talk to the guys who hired Steele to verify his employment or vet the information?"

If. It wouldn't be the first time the NYT got something significant wrong about Trump-Russia.

#14 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-03 04:08 PM | Reply

#14 It's a myth that the only people Russia hacked were the Dems. They also hacked the GOP as well as journalists:

Russian Hackers Fancy Bear Targeted Hundreds of Journalists

Using data provided by cybersecurity firm SecureWorks, AP found hacking attempts on independent Russian journalists, Ukrainian reporters covering the Russia-backed war in the country, as well as 50 New York Times journalists.

www.thedailybeast.com

Does Putin have kompromat on folks in Congress and reporters? Seems possible, if not likely.

#16 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-03 04:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Does Putin have kompromat on folks in Congress and reporters? Seems possible, if not likely.

Lindsey Graham.

#17 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-01-03 04:45 PM | Reply

#14 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY

Because Steele came directly to them.

That was a moronic question and a pathetic deflection attempt.

#18 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-03 05:12 PM | Reply

#17 Yep:

Site connected to Russian hackers posts Republican emails

A website tied to the hacking scandal of the Democratic Party has now posted a small batch of leaked emails from Republican campaigns and state GOP staffers.

The emails on the site, known as DCLeaks, appear to be from state party officials and campaign staff, including that of former presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). The messages range from June to October of 2015.

thehill.com

#19 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-03 05:14 PM | Reply

"Because Steele came directly to them.
That was a moronic question and a pathetic deflection attempt."

True, RoC's question was disingenuous. Why should the FBI talk to Simpson and his partner when Steele was the one who wrote the dossier and contacted the FBI at the okay of Fusion.

#20 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-03 05:18 PM | Reply

#19 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday
Yes - they hacked the old server. It's been reported over and over. Funny how they hacked the old one...

#21 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-01-03 05:19 PM | Reply

True, RoC's question was disingenuous.

Not at all.

Why should the FBI talk to Simpson and his partner

Why wouldn't they? They run the shop, hired Steele and gave him his marching orders.

#22 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-03 07:26 PM | Reply

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