We know quite a bit now about the role Fusion GPS played in getting that “dossier” put together by Christopher Steele and Clinton goon Sidney Blumenthal. Paid by the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign through law firm Perkins Coie, Fusion GPS took its usual role of digging up dirt on political opponents (admittedly they had worked for some Republican politicians, too) to a whole new low, resulting in a work of fiction used to justify spying on American citizens who just happened to be associated with the Trump campaign. But how did the henchmen-for-hire at Fusion GPS come to be associated with the Hillary camp in the first place? Surely they didn’t just come out of nowhere. In the political world, alliances tend to go back many years --- especially with the Clintons.
Well, it turns out there’s a backstory --- one that involves largely the same cast of characters, then aligned with the 2012 Obama For America campaign. It appears to have involved the same tactics used by the IRS to target the Tea Party.
A new book, “RUSSIAN ROULETTE: The Inside Story Of Putin’s War On America And Donald Trump’s Election” by Michael Isikoff (who is himself a part of this story) and David Corn, alleges that in 2012, Obama For America hired Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on Mitt Romney. To hide the payment, Obama went through the law firm Perkins Coie, just as Hillary would later do; FEC records show $972,000 paid by OAF to Perkins Coie. Apparently, Mitt’s supporters were targeted as well.
Obama had actually posted an “enemies list” on his website, under the title –- get ready to laugh –- “Keeping the GOP Honest,” containing the names of eight big-time Romney donors, including Idaho businessman Frank VanderSloot, who had contributed to a pro-Romney SuperPAC. Kim Strassel wrote about the list in April 2012 for the Wall Street Journal, saying that the idea was to publicly shame Romney supporters for “betting against America” and to trash them as “less-than-reputable.” A new article appearing on PJ Media by Debra Heine quotes her at her most insightful: “The message from the man who controls the Justice Department (which can indict you), the SEC (which can fine you), and the IRS (which can audit you) is clear: You made a mistake in donating that money.”
That definitely was the message, as VanderSloot started getting punished right away. The listing had labeled him, falsely, “a bitter foe of the gay rights movement,” and he claimed at the time to have lost a couple hundred customers as a result.
But that was just the beginning. Within two weeks of having his name appear on that list, VanderSloot discovered that an investigator was going through his divorce records at the Idaho Falls county clerk’s office. And this is where we first hear the name Fusion GPS; that dirt-digging sleuth turned out to be working for them. Back then, the name wouldn’t have rung any bells, at least not the huge clanging ones it rings now. Today, it is a name that will live in infamy.
The punishment continued. In June of that year, VanderSloot got a letter from the IRS saying his tax records for two years had been “selected for examination.” He can’t prove a direct connection –- Lois Lerner, who pleaded the Fifth in a similar case involving Tea Party groups, is now retired and enjoying her pension –- but he had not been audited before this.
Two weeks later, he received notice of another audit from the Department of Labor concerning the agricultural workers employed on his Idaho cattle ranch. For being on that list, he took the hits, and the hits just kept on coming. READ MORE
We’re learning more all the time about the “dossier” and those within the State Department who passed it around. It’s getting so complicated that the bulletin board on the wall of my den (figuratively speaking) is starting to look like Carrie Mathison’s on HOMELAND --- after she’s gone off her meds.
Remember Victoria Nuland from the Obama State Department? She’s known to be one of the people at State who got a copy of the two-page dossier summary and had previously encouraged the “useful” working relationship with Christopher Steele. Now, follow me: Nuland had been chief of staff for Strobe Talbot, Deputy Secretary of State under Bill Clinton AND brother-in-law of Cody Shearer, the sleazy Clinton crony who worked with other sleazy Clinton crony Sidney Blumenthal, both of whom were involved in feeding information to Christopher Steele for the dossier! Something tells me this backstory still has way more connections than we currently know.
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