House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is calling for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to answer some very serious questions concerning a secret meeting with Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS infamy. That is the notorious firm behind the faux Democrat-funded Steele Dossier. Actually, McCarthy is calling for Schiff to recuse himself from the Russian probe over his interactions with Simpson and others.
McCarthy released a statement yesterday questioning whether Schiff, a California Democrat, should recuse himself from the Intelligence panel’s Russia investigation because of a meeting he had with Simpson at the Aspen Security Forum in July of 2018. “Given Chairman Schiff’s previous underlying rationale when calling for others to recuse themselves from Russia-related investigations, in order to avoid charges of hypocrisy or perceived bias, should Chairman Schiff recuse himself from his intended investigations after meeting with a witness of an ongoing investigation?” McCarthy queried.
McCarthy wants the following questions answered before the committee moves forward to ensure that these investigations are pursued in a fair manner:
- Along with this Aspen Security Forum meeting, how many other meetings did Chairman Schiff have with Mr. Simpson over the past three years?
- What did Chairman Schiff and Mr. Simpson discuss at the Aspen Security Forum meeting, along with any other meetings?
- Why did Chairman Schiff go to such great lengths, including supporting Chuck Schumer’s former staffer who was representing Mr. Simpson – even going to court – to keep secret who was behind paying for the political attack piece on then-candidate Trump?
- Why did Chairman Schiff seek investigatory guidance and suggestions from Mr. Simpson, a witness whose credibility has been called into question but whose bias is unmistakably anti-Trump?
- If Chairman Schiff is really interested in who provided false or misleading testimony to Congress, why not start with Mr. Simpson?
- Given Chairman Schiff’s previous underlying rationale when calling for others to recuse themselves from Russia-related investigations, in order to avoid charges of hypocrisy or perceived bias, should Chairman Schiff recuse himself from his intended investigations after meeting with a witness of an ongoing investigation?
From The Daily Caller:
“The Schiff-Simpson meeting has come under scrutiny because of Simpson’s role in pushing the unverified Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theory. Simpson has also been accused by some Republican lawmakers of lying to the House Intelligence Committee about his interactions with government officials while working on the dossier.
“During testimony to the House panel on Nov. 14, 2017, Simpson withheld that he met with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr prior to the November 2016 election. Simpson said that he met Ohr only after the election. But Ohr told Congress on Aug. 28, 2018, that he and Simpson met on Aug. 22, 2016, at Simpson’s request. They met again on Dec. 10, 2016.
“Ohr’s wife worked as a contractor for Fusion during the 2016 campaign. And after the election, Ohr served as the back channel between the FBI and Christopher Steele, the former British spy who worked for Fusion GPS on the dossier project.
“During the same testimony in which Simpson has been accused of lying, Schiff sought investigative leads from the Fusion GPS founder.
“McCarthy asserted that it is “virtually unprecedented … that a now Chairman of an investigative committee would seek direction from a fatally biased witness who was actually paid by political opponents to uncover dirt on the President.”
“Schiff recently announced that he plans to expand the committee’s investigation into whether President Trump conspired with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election and whether foreign agents have leverage over Trump.
“The Steele dossier is the main source document for that conspiracy theory. In the 35-page document, Steele alleges a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Kremlin to release emails stolen from Democrats. Steele also claimed that the Kremlin is blackmailing Trump with a videotape of him with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room in 2013.
“None of the core allegations about Trump have been verified in the more than two years since the dossier was published.”
McCarthy is going all-in on this and is also accusing Schiff of covering for Fusion GPS as well as the FBI. The Steele Dossier from Fusion GPS was relied heavily on to obtain surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Schiff actively blocked the House Intel Republican efforts to obtain Fusion’s bank records that would definitively show who funded the political hit against Trump. Those records were eventually released after a legal fight in October of 2017 and revealed that the Clinton campaign and DNC paid Fusion GPS $1 million to investigate Trump.
Schiff, his office, and Fusion GPS are all downplaying the Aspen meeting. “The chairman did not have any pre-planned meeting with Glenn Simpson, and any conversation with him at the Aspen conference would have been brief and social in nature,” a spokesman for Schiff told The Hill, which reported the meeting on Feb. 7th. Does anyone actually believe that? Not a chance.