By Yoichi Shimatsu - Part 1 Of A Series
Last things first, meaning that this article must lead off with a look at why Sen. Dianne Feinstein released, without authorization, an online file of the transcript from the Senate Judiciary closed-door hearing of August 22 on Fusion GPS, the research team that produced the Trump-Russia Dossier. This first installment analyzing the Senate Judiciary transcript, augmented with background information, is the opener for the can of worms involving Fusion GPS in Russian intrigue. Hold your breath!
A detailed look at the many themes probed by the Senate legal counsels will continue in upcoming articles in this series, including the rogues’ gallery of suspect Russian businessmen influencing U.S. politics; Russian mafia-linked players who have infiltrated the U.S. real estate market; the spy who loved money more than truth Christopher Steele; and miscellaneous curiosities, all with a cautionary warning: Don’t look for good guys here, because they’re all crooks.
First off, examined here, is the transcript’s revelation of Fusion GPS’s very own Russiagate, which points to the strong possibility of the Russia dossier being, from its inception, a cynical forgery fabricated to implicate candidate Trump (in a clever ploy to extend Kremlin influence over the Democrats). An astonishing fact is that Fusion GPS was hired by Natalia Veselitskaya, the notorious journalist who lobbied for an end sanctions on Russia. The timing is significant because her contract with Fusion GSP began two months prior to her (in)famous meeting with Trump’s trio of advisers, which was the nub of the Russiagate scandal. That was a set-up from the start.
From June until October 2017, Russian agent Veselitskaya’s relationship with Fusion GPS overlapped simultaneously with the Trump-Russia Dossier contract for the Hillary campaign, a situation much too close for comfort. The dossier contract, arranged just a month prior to the Democratic National Convention, indicates that Simpson was possibly involved in collusion with DOJ-FBI-CIA officials to exercise control over the nomination process of both parties, and only later to set up an entrapment scheme against candidate Trump to prevent populist control of the executive branch. When the mysterious deaths of Seth Rich and Shawn Lucas are taken into account, several lines of investigation point in the same direction toward gross interference by the Deep State in the democratic electoral process.
The transcript of the judicial hearings is a complex text that requires close perceptive reading to distill not just the facts presented and various stratagems by Glenn Simpson and his lawyers to avoid self-incriminating disclosures, but more importantly key missing pieces in the Trump-Russia Dossier puzzle that are not mentioned, including who exactly negotiated the Hillary campaign’s contract with Fusion GPS, now that Donna Brazile has denied any DNC involvement. What tantalizing information was on offer to seal the Fusion GPS deal with the Dems, along with how much was paid by Hillary campaign and who signed the check for Fusion GPS?
Upon discovery of these still-hidden residuals, arrest warrants can be issued since libelous forgery with an intent to blackmail or harm a presidential candidate is a felony with a mandatory prison sentence. In this particular case, the involvement of a known Kremlin agent means the second count is treason. Sorry, Mr. Bannon, it's not Donny who's implicated. The treason belongs to Glenn Simpson and some yet-to be identified individuals in the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Pressure Cooker for a Head Cold
In mid-January, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) gave two different accounts for why she released without authorization the transcript of the Senate Judiciary closed-door hearing of August 22, 2017, which is focused on Trump-Russia Dossier producer Glenn Simpson, founder of Fusion GPS. Feinstein’s jarringly different claims are:
“I meant to tell him (Judiciary committee chair Charles Grassley), and I didn’t have a chance to tell him, and that concerns me, I just got pressured, and I didn’t do it, I didn’t do anything illegal. That transcript has become so abused that time has come for people to take a look at it.” (January 9, 2018)
"The one regret I have is that I should have spoke with Senator Grassley before. And I don't make an excuse but I've had a bad cold and maybe that slowed down my mental facilities a little bit." (January 10)
Her public release of the transcript more than five months after the Senate Judiciary hearing could not have been some impulsive act or precipitated by a lapse of judgment due to sinus congestion. Her headache indicated that Feinstein had come to the realization she had disclosed too much in her initial statement that “I just got pressured”. So let’s prescribe a capsule, a hot cup of lemon tea, a dose of truthfulness and a pair of handcuffs.
To “get pressured”, passive tense, indicates that some other individual(s) actively urged Feinstein to release the transcript, which she must have passed around for review by her advisers without Senate committee approval. Her casual violation of national security precautions are reminiscent of Hillary Clinton’s carelessness with her private server, which is unacceptable for a former chair of Senate Intelligence and senior minority member in the Judiciary Committee. Oh, those dizzy dames!
What is most intriguing in the Senate Judiciary transcript are the highly damaging revelations about the Democratic Party’s connections via Fusion GPS to the Russian lobbyist who (in)famously met with Don Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner. Since the hidden Dem-Russia connection was related to the Kremlin campaign to end the Magnitsky Act sanctions, the Democrats’ Jewish donor base should be downright angry at the collusion between DNC-Hillary relationship with Glenn Simpson and his Fusion GPS crew, who were paid by Russian journalist Natalia Veselnitskaya on behalf of Prevezon Holdings, the money-laundering company implicated in the arrest and death in prison of crusading accountant Sergei Magnitsky.
The timeline of events discussed in the transcript indicates something much more important and secretive was going on between the Dems and Fusion GPS than the pretext of opposition research on the then “unelectable” Trump, i.e. a secret pact toward an agreement with the Kremlin to end Magnitsky Act sanctions against Russia following Hillary Clinton’s anticipated electoral victory. Revival of trade with Russia would mean billions in profits for her corporate supporters.
Before proceeding into the Feinstein intervention, one observation must be laid out: the Hillary-influenced State Department and the CIA were probably aboard the sanctions-killing deal, but the counterintelligence bureaucracy needed to be sucked into the secret agreement. That would explain the role of the Department of Justice officials, Bruce Ohr, his superiors and wife Nellie, all of them being connected with Fusion GPS through the DOJ-friendly Main Justice blog run by Simpson’s wife Mary Jacoby, a blood relative of top executives at the Clintons’ longtime patrons with Stephens Inc.