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Senate Investigations Heating Up! Trouble for Clintons?

Could the same intelligence that influenced Devin Nunes be the impetus behind the letters sent by Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley?

In a direct quote from Senator Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) official website (below), it appears the wheels of justice are moving toward discovery regarding the Christopher Steele/Fusion GPS dossier. (bold highlights below are mine)

WASHINGTON – As part of their ongoing oversight efforts to ensure that the FBI’s law enforcement activities are free of improper political influence, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) yesterday sent six letters seeking information and documents regarding Christopher Steele’s work on behalf of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary for America. The letters seek information and documents relating to those political organizations’ knowledge of and involvement in Mr. Steele’s work and his reported interactions with the FBI while he was working on behalf of these political organizations. The letters were sent to:

The Democratic National Committee (DNC)
Hillary for America (HFA)
Former DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile
HFA Chair John Podesta
HFA Chief Strategist Joel Benenson

All six letters are nearly identical, with the exception of letters addressed to parties affiliated with the DNC or HFA request documentation pertinent to each organization, respectively. Click the links to view the letters.

Quoted from the letter addressed to John Podesta, the information and documentation they seek is included in the 12 items below. Pay special attention to the extensive list of names included in item 12.

  1. Prior to the Washington Post ‘s article in October of 2017, were you anyone else at Hillary for America (References such as “anyone at Hillary for America” include all of Hillary for America’s officers, employees, contractors, subcontractors, advisors, volunteers, and, of course, Secretary Clinton herself) aware of Mr. Steele’s efforts on behalf of the Clinton campaign to compile and distribute allegations about Mr. Trump and the Russian government? If so, when and how did you first learn of his activities on the campaign’s behalf? Please provide all related documents.
  2. Did you or anyone else at Hillary for America receive copies of any of the memoranda comprising Mr. Steele’s dossier prior to its publication by Buzzfeed in January of 2017? If so, how and when? Please provide all related documents.
  3. Regardless of whether you or your associates received copies of the actual memoranda, did you or anyone else at Hillary for America otherwise receive information contained in the dossier prior to Buzzfeed publishing the dossier in January of 2017? If so, how and when? Please provide all related documents.
  4. Did you or anyone else at Hillary for America receive other memoranda written or forwarded by Mr. Steele regarding Mr. Trump and his associates that were not published as part of the Buzzfeed dossier? If so, how and when? Please provide all related documents.
  5. Did you or anyone else at Hillary for America distribute outside of the organization any of the dossier memoranda, information contained therein, or other information obtained by Mr. Steele? If so, please list who distributed the information, what was distributed, and to whom it was distributed. Please provide all related documents.
  6. Did you or anyone else at Hillary for America communicate with any government officials – whether in the executive, legislative or judicial branches – regarding the dossier memoranda, information contained therein, or other information obtained by Mr. Steele? If so, please list the parties involved in the communication, the content of the communication, and the date and means of the communication. Please provide all related documents.
  7. Did you or anyone else at Hillary for America instruct, request, suggest, or imply that any individuals should pass along information to Mr. Steele or his intermediaries? Please provide all related documents.
  8. Did you or anyone else at Hillary for America communicate with members of the press regarding the dossier memoranda, information contained therein, or other information obtained by Mr. Steele? If so, please list the parties involved in the communication, the content of the communication, and the date and means of the communication. Please provide all related documents.
  9. Did you or anyone else at Hillary for America inform Secretary Clinton of Mr. Steele’s efforts, whether by name or not, or of the allegations he was spreading? If so, who and when? Please provide all related documents.
  10. Were you or anyone else at Hillary for America aware of Mr. Steele’s contacts with the FBI or other government agencies prior to the 2016 election? If so, who? When and how did you or they become aware? Please provide all related documents.
  11. Did you or anyone else at Hillary for America encourage, whether directly or through intermediaries, Mr. Steele to initiate or continue contacts with the FBI or other government agencies? If so, who and when? Please provide all related documents.
  12. For the period from March 2016 through January 2017, please provide all communications to, from, copying, or relating to: Fusion GPS; Bean LLC; Glenn Simpson; Mary Jacoby; Peter Fritsch; Tom Catan; Jason Felch; Neil King; David Michaels; Taylor Sears; Patrick Corcoran; Laura Sego; Jay Bagwell; Erica Castro; Nellie Ohr; Rinat Akhmetshin; Ed Lieberman; Edward Baumgartner; Orbis Business Intelligence Limited; Orbis Business International Limited; Walsingham Training Limited; Walsingham Partners Limited; Christopher Steele; Christopher Burrows; Sir Andrew Wood, Paul Hauser (Paul E. Hauser – partner at Bryan Cave in London and attorney for Oleg Deripaska); Oleg Deripaska; Cody Shearer; Sidney Blumenthal; Jon Winer (Jonathan M. Winer – former State Department official); Kathleen Kavalec; Victoria Nuland; Daniel Jones (Daniel J. Jones – former Senate Intelligence Committee staffer for Senator Feinstein, current President of the Penn Quarter Group); Bruce Ohr; Peter Strzok; Andrew McCabe; James Baker (James A. Baker – FBI official); Sally Yates; Loretta Lynch; John Brennan.

I took the liberty of inserting the original letter’s footnote clarifications while also highlighting the names identified by former Federal Prosecutor Joe diGenova in his explosive Daily Caller interview. In addition, I highlighted the focus of Mr. diGenova’s interview, Fusion GPS and its president, Glenn Simpson, while also highlighting long-time Clinton associate (and former Clinton Foundation employee) Sidney Blumenthal.

It appears both the House and Senate are beginning to tighten the screws concerning the origins of the entire Trump-Russia collusion scenario that spurred the Mueller investigation.

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  1. It will be interesting to see if and what they get in response to the letters. With all the information being exposed, they may be wise to comply with all the information requested. Looking forward to seeing their response. Thank you for posting this.

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