Alexander Downer may be a boofhead. but he's OUR BoofheadAs a US citizen it is time to offer my heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to our Australian anarchists, as it was their government that first realized the Republican candidate was Putin’s project and alerted the American FBI of the problem. Of course Republican Senator Mitch McConel felt Putin was better than a Clinton, and blocked the investigation, so the warning did little good. None the less, thank you Australia for doing what friends do.
Havent had a 3% annual gdp since when?Maybe by some measure. Interest rates are ticking up but are still right near record lows. But whatever, the important fact IMHO is that my corporate bonds are paying less this year than last year.
"Ticking along" ??? What happened to the Trump boom you seem to believe in?
The timeline helps debunk the Doggy Stylers who would have us believe that the FBI investigation is somehow tainted by starting with the "Dossier" when it did not, and as if it would not be a valid investigation if Hillary Clinton herself walked into the FBI and gave them valid information that merited investigation. His story pulls the carpet out from under the bullshit artists who put their party's interests before their country's. For that he deserves thanks.Alexander Downer may be a boofhead. but he's OUR Boofhead
In the year since the publication of the so-called Steele dossier — the collection of intelligence reports we commissioned about Donald Trump’s ties to Russia — the president has repeatedly attacked us on Twitter. His allies in Congress have dug through our bank records and sought to tarnish our firm to punish us for highlighting his links to Russia. Conservative news outlets and even our former employer, The Wall Street Journal, have spun a succession of mendacious conspiracy theories about our motives and backers.
We are happy to correct the record. In fact, we already have.
Three congressional committees have heard over 21 hours of testimony from our firm, Fusion GPS. In those sessions, we toppled the far right’s conspiracy theories and explained how The Washington Free Beacon and the Clinton campaign — the Republican and Democratic funders of our Trump research — separately came to hire us in the first place.
We walked investigators through our yearlong effort to decipher Mr. Trump’s complex business past, of which the Steele dossier is but one chapter. And we handed over our relevant bank records — while drawing the line at a fishing expedition for the records of companies we work for that have nothing to do with the Trump case.
Republicans have refused to release full transcripts of our firm’s testimony, even as they selectively leak details to media outlets on the far right. It’s time to share what our company told investigators.
We don’t believe the Steele dossier was the trigger for the F.B.I.’s investigation into Russian meddling. As we told the Senate Judiciary Committee in August, our sources said the dossier was taken so seriously because it corroborated reports the bureau had received from other sources, including one inside the Trump camp.
The intelligence committees have known for months that credible allegations of collusion between the Trump camp and Russia were pouring in from independent sources during the campaign. Yet lawmakers in the thrall of the president continue to wage a cynical campaign to portray us as the unwitting victims of Kremlin disinformation.
We suggested investigators look into the bank records of Deutsche Bank and others that were funding Mr. Trump’s businesses. Congress appears uninterested in that tip: Reportedly, ours are the only bank records the House Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed.
We told Congress that from Manhattan to Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., and from Toronto to Panama, we found widespread evidence that Mr. Trump and his organization had worked with a wide array of dubious Russians in arrangements that often raised questions about money laundering. Likewise, those deals don’t seem to interest Congress.
We explained how, from our past journalistic work in Europe, we were deeply familiar with the political operative Paul Manafort’s coziness with Moscow and his financial ties to Russian oligarchs close to Vladimir Putin.
Finally, we debunked the biggest canard being pushed by the president’s men — the notion that we somehow knew of the June 9, 2016, meeting in Trump Tower between some Russians and the Trump brain trust. We first learned of that meeting from news reports last year — and the committees know it. They also know that these Russians were unaware of the former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele’s work for us and were not sources for his reports.
Yes, we hired Mr. Steele, a highly respected Russia expert. But we did so without informing him whom we were working for and gave him no specific marching orders beyond this basic question: Why did Mr. Trump repeatedly seek to do deals in a notoriously corrupt police state that most serious investors shun?
What came back shocked us. Mr. Steele’s sources in Russia (who were not paid) reported on an extensive — and now confirmed — effort by the Kremlin to help elect Mr. Trump president. Mr. Steele saw this as a crime in progress and decided he needed to report it to the F.B.I.
Glenn R. Simpson and Peter Fritsch, both former journalists, are the founders of the research firm Fusion GPS.
Yup. The election proved how effective it is to swamp the airwaves with crazy so people don't see the serious shit that would really sink him. Same principle in action here.And now we know what the Pride of New York has been trying to distract us from with all of his crazy tweets today.
Just before Bush tanked the economy. You are looking at quarterly results, not the year, unless you get the numbers before the government. https://countryeconomy.com/gdp/usaHavent had a 3% annual gdp since when?
It's making it more uncomfortable for those that are trying to "play down" any connection.Whoopsies
And now we know what the Pride of New York has been trying to distract us from with all of his crazy tweets today.
Not a chance. These guys are daring the committees to release the transcripts of their testimony. There is no way in hell that Grassley is going to let people know what he and the other members of his committee heard during those ten hours from those two witnesses.It's making it more uncomfortable for those that are trying to "play down" any connection.
Maybe now people will start asking more questions.