Former Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta has some explaining to do. According to a new report, Podesta met with Fusion GPS after the discredited ‘Trump dossier,’ was released. The revelation is raising eyebrows as Podesta told Congress that he didn’t know who paid for opposition research firm for the shoddy ‘intel.’
Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller notes “The Times report does not say whether Podesta and Simpson discussed the Clinton campaign’s involvement in the dossier project.”
Daily Caller reports: Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta met with the founder of the opposition research firm behind the Trump dossier just after the dirty document was published earlier this year, according to a new report in The New York Times. The revelation is significant because Podesta, a longtime Democratic operative, recently told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he did not know who paid the research firm, Fusion GPS, to produce the dossier, which BuzzFeed published on Jan. 10.
An associate of Podesta’s told The Times that he met with Glenn Simpson, the founding partner of Fusion GPS, to compare notes about Russia’s meddling in the election. Podesta’s associate told The Times that Simpson was considering whether his firm should continue its investigation of Trump’s alleged ties to Russia. Hillary Clinton recently admitted paying for the opposition research on “The Daily Show” with Trevor Noah.
She also defended it as ‘opposition research’ while saying that Trump possibly talking to the Russians is much worse. Is that so, Hillary? Talking to Russians isn’t illegal, however; not disclosing payments made for the dossier is, which is why the DNC was hit with an FEC complaint. Clinton argued that Trump “had to know” that people were reaching out to Russians “in order to help him” and hurt her.
“I mean, he has to know. We’ll find out what he knew and how involved he was, but he had to know that people were making outreach to Russians to the highest levels of the Kremlin, in order to help him, to hurt me, but more importantly to sow this divisiveness,” Clinton asserted. Clinton’s role is even more concerning after reports broke that Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya met with Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, before and after she met with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower in June. As The Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft previously reported, at least three of the people at the meeting with Donald Trump Jr. were Fusion GPS officials.
The news raises new questions about the motive behind the meeting between Veselnitskaya and Trump Jr. Was the sit down organized as a way to entrap Trump Jr. under the guise of discussing the Magnitsky Act? The House Intelligence Committee has reached a deal to obtain Fusion GPS’s bank records after the firm behind the ‘Trump dossier,’ moved to block access. Unfortunately, the bank records will be confidential under sealed protective order. The banking records may reveal if money changed hands between Fusion GPS and Veselnitskaya, which would further thicken a plot that would make the late author Tom Clancy blush.