Sunday, January 14, 2018

Political Hit Man Who Helped Write Trump Dossier Made Nothing Seem Like Something

During his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last August, Glenn Simpson the founder of Fusion GPS, made the dossier created by the Democrats appear to be credible.  When he penned his Op-Ed in The New York Times on January 2, he made the same claims.
When a transcript of his closed-door August testimony was leaked by Sen. Dianne Feinstein last week, news headlines immediately seized onto the disclosure as a godsend to a dossier whose core charges of Trump-Russia collusion have been denied and not confirmed publicly.
Then suddenly, as quick as the headlines went up, someone close to Fusion GPS was waving off reporters. Simpson had “mischaracterized” the source. It was not an FBI mole inside the Trump Administration.  Now we know there was no FBI source at all─just an Australian diplomat who spoke to a sloppy drunk Trump operative, George Papadouplos.
Judiciary Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley was not pleased with the retraction suggesting Fusion GPS’s work was “dirty”, “not reliable” and “Russian propaganda”.
“A source close to Fusion GPS tells me there was no walk-in source––that was a mischaracterization by Simpson of the Australian diplomat tip about Papadopoulos,” tweeted NBC reporter Ken Dilanian. 
Whether the source the FBI supposedly told Christopher Steele about could be Papadopoulos is doubtful. He has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about issues surrounding his contacts with the professor. The criminal complaint says the FBI did not interview him until January 2017, three months after Steele met with the agents in Rome. 
The story corrections caught the eye of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) who on Thursday sent off a letter to Fusion attorney Joshua Levy. Grassley demanded to know why Levy did not correct the record after spending hours reviewing the transcript in October and November or contact the committee last Tuesday.
“If it is true that your client’s statement to the Committee was a mischaracterization, why did you not attempt to correct your client’s statement as soon as you and/or he realized it was not accurate?” Grassley wrote. The Washington Times noted Levy did not return a message seeking comment.
Rowan Scarborough who reported the story for The Washington Times noted, “Grassley may be mad enough to look for a perjury vote. But the damage has been done. Those who wished to advance the collusion narrative got their ammunition while the truth was still putting on its boots.”
UPDATE:  Welcome Larwyn’s Linx readers.  We greatly appreciate Doug Ross linking to this post.

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