Fusion GPS and The House committee chairman is in a Fierce legal Battle over Financial records that seem to depict that MSM sources were paid to publish and report fake news regarding….
THE BATTLE: In U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Fusion GPS, the dossier’s financier via the Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign money, is fighting a House committee chairman’s bid to find out if the opposition research firm paid journalists.
On another Note: In U.S. District Court in Florida, a self-described dossier victim wants a judge to order the news website BuzzFeed, which published the dossier in full, to disclose who gave it to them.
PENDING: The cases underscore how a Moscow-sourced memorandum created as opposition research against Donald Trump in the presidential campaign last year often dictates the debate about politics and reporters’ rights in Washington.
WHO PAID?: Rep. Devin Nunes, California Republican and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, signed a subpoena to force a bank to turn over Fusion’s financial records. He wants to know who paid for the dossier, which was written in a series of 18 memos by former British spy Christopher Steele. He relied almost exclusively on unidentified Kremlin sources. Fusion went to federal court to block the move, but the law firm Perkins Coie LLP, whose partner Marc E. Elias is the Clinton’s campaign’s general counsel, intervened. It filed a letter acknowledging it had paid Fusion for the dossier on behalf of Democrats.
FUSION: And Mr. Nunes then worked out an agreement on access to some of the firm’s financial records
A memorandum filed by Fusion’s law firm, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, addressed to U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan SAID:“It is contrived to substitute for the ridiculous notion that Intervenor [the House committee] can demand documents in an overbroad subpoena from a third party and not explain what it is looking for or why.”
On the demand for information on any payments to journalists, Fusion cited First Amendment protection and confidentiality. It did not deny it had paid journalists. Fusion argues: “they are not Applicable, as they are not related to Russia or Donald Trump,”They went on to say: “In attempting to justify the overbroad subpoena earlier, Intervenor could have, but of course did not argue the relevance to its inquiry of any such payments.”
WALL STREET JOURNAL: In the court battle with Mr. Nunes, Fusion has likened itself to a group of journalists with all associated rights. fusions founders include former Wall Street Journal reporters Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch.
Mr. Fritsch filed a declaration, saying: “Our techniques and investigative tools for our research and investigation go beyond standard open-source methods. Fusion GPS has an extensive network of domestic and international contacts, built up over many years of reporting.”
In Florida, Russian technology entrepreneur Aleksej Gubarev, chief of Internet-platform provider XBT Holding, is suing BuzzFeed for libel.
The Steele dossier accused Mr Gubarev of overseeing a botnet operation that flooded Democrats’ computers with porn, viruses and spyware. It said the operation was financed by the FSB, Russia’s intelligence agency.
If it comes out that Fusion GPS which is connected to the DNC and Hillary Clinton paid reporters to spread fake news, Mueller has no choice but to step down and that could jeopardise his case against manafort and Flynn respectively.