Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), ripped on Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson this week, pointing out that the man behind the phony baloney Trump Dossier, gave “extremely misleading” testimony to Congress. That’s polite-speak for he lied.
“I hope that the Justice Department is handling all these instances of false statements to Congress with the same level of seriousness they treated Mr. Cohen’s,” Grassley wrote in a letter released Monday.
“Mr. Cohen did plead guilty to lying to Congress and must be held to account for doing so. Congress must be able to get true information from witnesses in order to perform its constitutional duties. In the heated political environment surrounding the Russia investigation, it is also important to understand what Mr. Cohen specifically did, and did not, lie about, and not to draw unwarranted conclusions,” Grassley added.
“Notably, the Special Counsel did not charge Mr. Cohen with lying to Congress when he stated:
Given my own proximity to the President of the United States as a candidate, let me also say that I never saw anything – not a hint of anything – that demonstrated his involvement in Russian interference in our election or any form of Russian collusion. I emphatically state that I had nothing to do with any Russian involvement in our electoral process.
Of course, where we do have actual evidence of misleading testimony in Committee interviews, we should treat it seriously. For example, when the Committee staff interviewed Glenn Simpson in August of 2017, Majority staff asked him: “So you didn’t do any work on the Trump matter after the election date, that was the end of your work?” Mr. Simpson answered: “I had no client after the election.”12 As we now know, that was extremely misleading, if not an outright lie.”
In the letter, Grassley also shows that contrary to Simpson’s denial, according to the FBI and others, Fusion GPS did continue to do work on the Trump dossier for a new client after the election. Grassley then points to the public release of a House Intelligence Committee report on its own Russia investigation that the executive branch declassified some of its information that detailed a March 2017 meeting between Daniel Jones and the FBI. Jones had stated that he was the lead guy for a research and investigatory advisory organization called the Penn Quarter Group, and get this; that group had secured the services of Christopher Steele, an associate of his, and Fusion GPS to continue exposing so-called Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election.
Jones further revealed that the Penn Quarter Group “was being funded by 7 to 10 wealthy donors located primarily in New York and California, who provided approximately $50 million.”
Jones also said that he was planning to push the information he obtained from Fusion GPS and Steele to policymakers on Capitol Hill, the news media, and the FBI, which just as statements to the Committee and FBI, Jones was obligated to do so by 18 U.S.C. § 1001.
This means that Simpson lied when he said he had no client after the election, because he most certainly did, and that client revealed himself to the FBI.
Will we see charges brought up against Glenn Simpson for lying to the FBI and Congress? If not, then that becomes even further proof that we have a two-tiered justice system of double standards, and it should sicken every American citizen.
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