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January 05, 2018

Judge Denies Fusion GPS' Motion to Block Congress From Seeing Its Financial Records; Fusion GPS Files Emergency Motion to Appeals Court, Hoping for Reversal

Boy, the Democrats' favorite smear-shop really doesn't want Congress to know who's paying it or who they're paying.

A federal judge has ruled against Fusion GPS in the Trump dossier firm's quest to block the release of its bank records to the House Intelligence Committee.

Judge Richard Leon shot down all four of Fusion's arguments against the release of 70 records of transactions involving some of its clients as well as journalists and researchers it has paid since Sept. 2015.

Fusion sued its bank, TD Bank, in October, to prevent it from complying with a subpoena issued by the House Intelligence Committee, which has been looking into Fusionís role in putting together the dossier.

Mollie Hemingway goes through the judge's ruling, which she says "obliterates" Fusion GPS' arguments.

Before getting to that, she quotes Charles Grassley's response to the Fusion GPS op-ed, in which the company's founders claimed they wanted to be transparent, but Republicans in Congress just wouldn't let them be transparent:

A spokesman for Sen. Chuck Grassley of the Senate Judiciary Committee reminded Fusion GPS that the firm and its principals routinely fought the committee. Spokesman Taylor Foy said, "Senator Grassley provided Fusion GPS an opportunity for transparency six months ago when he invited the firm to publicly testify at an open committee hearing. Mr. Simpson declined. When faced with a subpoena from the Chairman and Ranking Member, Mr. Simpson refused to provide public testimony, using his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to negotiate for a closed-door interview. Despite his public statements, Mr. Simpson and his attorney demanded during the interview that the transcript be kept confidential. Mr. Simpson has refused to answer dozens of questions voluntarily, and has failed to provide the Committee with documents and responses to follow-up questions after the interview."

Fusion GPS is so determined to be transparent with Congress they just filed this emergency appeal to try to keep their financial records hidden:




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