Foliehatt F.O.O.T.

Something from Mollie Hemingway to think about while you’re trying not to cheat on your diet:

Federal Judge Obliterates Fusion GPS’ Attempt To Hide Info From Investigators

On Tuesday, Fusion GPS founders Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch wrote an op-ed for The New York Times. In it, they claimed they and their opposition research firm were nothing but an open book and were seeking greater transparency from three congressional committees who have been digging into the probe of Russian election meddling.

All three committees have sought information from Fusion GPS and its principals, who were hired by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee to do opposition research. That funding paid for the salacious and still-unsubstantiated dossier alleging treasonous collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. In Fusion GPS’ vague telling, they’ve been nothing but forthright with the committees, which came as news to those committees.

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.”

On the other side of the Hill, it’s also been far from the picture of compliance and transparency that Fusion GPS claimed in its op-ed. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has spent much of the previous year fighting Fusion for access to basic records tied to the investigation.

On Thursday, a U.S. District Judge denied Fusion GPS’s effort to keep the House committee from bank records it sought. Judge Richard Leon, who took over the case after the previous judge Tanya Chutkan recused herself midway over unspecified conflicts, smacked down all four grounds by which Fusion GPS tried to block the congressional subpoena. That subpoena included requests for records of payments from Fusion GPS to journalists who have covered the Russian dossier story.

Fusion said the request for records lacked a valid legislative purpose, were overbroad and irrelevant, violated First Amendment rights to speech and association, and violated financial privacy laws. The judge disagreed on each count.

If you want the dirty deets you gotta follow the link to read ’em.

It just occurs to me that this could potentially be yuge. These are bank records. Unless a higher court intervenes, the bank will have to produce the records directly to the Committee.

Remember the phrase from Watergate, “Follow the money”? That is exactly the map that these records will provide. This map could lead to the Mother of All Smoking Guns or it could lead to Al Capone’s vault.

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76 Responses to Foliehatt F.O.O.T.

  1. Myiq2xu™ says:


  2. DeniseVB says:

    U.S. Figure Skating Nationals…….we’re going to get slammed in the Olympics 😦 I hope I’m wrong.

    • lateblum says:

      I don’t know about getting slammed. I hope you’re wrong. I just wish Lipinski and Weir would put a sock in it. I missed several skates (including the first part of Jason Brown’s skate) 😟 Because I started tuning the comments out. It is maddening! i,wish Peggy Fleming and Dick Buttons were still doing the competitions.

      • lateblum says:

        Are those two getting paid by the syllable? And if I’ve heard about tired legs and jumps in the second half of the program one more time, I’m gonna look for the performances I’m interested in on YouTube and watch reruns of NCIS tonight.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I’m from the old school of FS comps, forgive me, these kids are not exciting to watch 😦

      • taw46 says:

        I gradually stopped watching FS when we no longer had Buttons and Fleming, because I couldn’t stand any of those commentators. They just ruin the performances.

      • taw46 says:

        Dick Button is still attending competitions. He has a twitter account, @PushDicksButton, which he rarely uses now. But he did tweet during the 2014 Olympics (I followed him at that time), maybe he will tweet this year. Hope so.

    • John Denney says:

      One of my favorite all-time performances was this Canadian brother and sister who moved to France to represent France as figure skaters. The Russians came up after them and were so smooth and polished by comparison that it was boring. If nothing else, watch the last bit, starting at 4:20.
      The peons in the crowd all loved them; the judges, not so much.

      • gram krakka says:

        I remember them. They were very enjoyable to watch. Siblings skating so well together is amazing.

      • taw46 says:

        Yes, I really liked watching them at competitions.

      • lateblum says:

        I liked them so much when they skated. I honestly didn’t remember they had moved from Canada. I also don’t recall seeing this performance before today. Thank you so much for reminding me of this pair.
        Christopher Dean is choreographing one of the dancing pair for the finals this year. He’s hade an interesting personal life. Didn’t he start out as a postal delivery person when he skated with Jayne Torvill?
        He married Isabelle Duchesnay and later, married after their divorce, another figure skater, Jill Trenary from Canada.
        Torvill and Dean changed the history of ice dancing. and I still find their Bolero performance mesmerizing.

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

      Meryl and whatshisname won’t be competing this year.

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

      This little elf retired last year.

    • John Denney says:

      Unlike in the British Empire, where the citizens are subjects of the Crown, in the United States, the ultimate authority is “We the People”. The President and Congress SERVE at our pleasure. The military, CIA, FBI, NSA, all report to the President, but in our system of checks and balances, are funded by Congress, and are subject to Congressional oversight.

      Intelligence by its nature involves secrecy; you don’t want all 535 (?) members of Congress to have access to it, so Congress delegated intelligence oversight to “The Gang of 8″, who are to be kept appraised of ALL intelligence activity.

      Devin Nunes is on that committee.

      The President gets a Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB) containing intel from all the intelligence branches. Originally intended for the President’s eyes only, Obama had it distributed to 35 (!!!) other people, but it was never given to the Congressional oversight committee. Apparently Nunes had requested it, but never got it until Trump’s appointee to the Department of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, was approved by Congress in March 2017. After that, Nunes got intelligence reports (presumably from Dan Coats), and was alarmed at what he saw.

      Nunes ” then held a brief press conference and stated he has been provided intelligence reports brought to him by unnamed sources that include ‘significant information’ about President-Elect Trump and his transition team.”

      “the intelligence reports seem likely to have been political opposition research”

      We’re talking “abuse of power”. All of a piece with the IRS targeting Tea Party organizations and journalist Sheryl Atkinson’s computer being hacked by the government.

      “following the 2016 presidential election NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers traveled to Trump Tower to meet with president-elect Donald Trump. The day AFTER the Rogers visit, President-elect Trump moved his transition team out of Trump Tower to Bedminister New Jersey.

      We always suspected NSA Director Rogers gave President-elect Trump a head’s up of sorts.”

      The NSA director cannot reveal intelligence to a private citizen, so he could not inform Candidate Trump, but he COULD tell President-elect Trump.

      Admiral Rogers had become aware of the surveillance in October, and brought it to the attention of the appropriate authorities. Some of those authorities are corrupt, since there were soon calls for Obama to fire Rogers.

      So Trump was right: Obama was indeed wiretapping him, using the full force of government intelligence agencies, not just a few bumbling burglars as in Watergate.

  3. Ann says:

    This claims the records were delivered today. No idea if it was all they were seeking.

  4. Myiq2xu™ says:

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  6. mothy says:

    Why have we heard nothing of this
    H.R.975 – Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017

    Journalism blows.

    • Somebody says:

      Tweet it to Cory Gardner, he can sponsor the Senate version.

      • mothy says:

        Pisses me off. They have had it for over a year. Cowards are doing the same thing they did with DACA. Their fucking job is to make laws. It’s not the executive. Spineless cretins.

  7. Underwhelmed says:

    What the hell is GPS doing writing an op ed anyway????? I mean, they’re not even trying to hide the bullshit any more, are they?

  8. gram krakka says:

    Can barely tolerate any of the commentators. Dick “wish he’d” Button his lip blabbed on and on too. One time he said a routine was so boring that he wanted to go to refrig during it. And Pegging Phlegming became sickeningly sweet to counter old sour puss Dick. Thought they got paid by the word.
    Scot Hamilton is my favorite.

    We altered skater’s names to reflect their personality traits.
    Katerina Witt became Katerina Tit after she paused and shook em during her Carmen routine.
    Nancy Kerrigan, Can’t-again.
    Paul Whiley, Whiny.
    Johnny Weir, Queer.
    Tara Lipinski, Limpinski
    Christopher Bowman, Blowman. What a waste of talent. Drug addiction took another one. Sad!

  9. Island Girl says:

    May the best man win,you know who are.

  10. Myiq2xu™ says:

  11. gram krakka says:

    I’ve been doing a lot of reading about the players in the “Russian Dossier” scam. Found a bunch of interesting stuff I want to share here. I can’t do it with my iphone since can only post links. Need to use my old fossilized Macbook Pro so I can copy & paste paragraphs.

    I really believe Mueller’s number 1 objective from day one is to get Trump impeached. Kushner and or Don Jr are being set up to be caught in a “process” crime like Flynn in order to get to Trump on a lying or obstruction charge. Don’t think they can make a money laundering for Russians case stick against Trump. Some prosecutors don’t care if convictions are overturned on appeal. The damage is done. Careers and businesses are destroyed, Enron accounting firm Arthur Anderson and the Bundy ranch folks being prime examples. The Obama DOJ & FBI seem to have compromised the integrity of these agencies in an effort secure a win for Hillary and now to impeach Trump.

    I think the investigations led by Nunes in the house & Grassley in the Senate are Trump’s best hope for avoiding impeachment. They are shining a light on the clandestine, nefarious, probably illegal activities of Clinton, the DNC & Obama to get Hillary elected POTUS.

    The 18 or so “born classified” emails President Obama sent, using a pseudonym, to SOS Clinton’s non-government email account on her unsecured home-brew server are her “get-out-of-jail-free” trump cards. She was never going to be indicted because Obama is as guilty of “gross negligence” as she is. Hillary would have taken Obama down with her. Obama publicly spoke out during an ongoing investigation of the “matter” to declare that she was “careless” but there was no “intent” and national security wasn’t affected. Right there is obstruction ladies & gentlemen. Obama was telling his DOJ AG & FBI not to indict.

    I’ll be posting links and paragraphs from what I’ve found when I can use my Mac. Got to get some shut-eye now. I’ve been losing sleep worrying about what is happening to our great country and whether we have passed the tipping point and creeping socialism will inevitably take over our country like kudzu and fire ants have taken over the southeast.

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  14. Dora says:

    This is interesting. I didn’t know about this lawsuit, but I always thought the brother did it. I just had (and still have) that feeling.


    Judge won’t dismiss lawsuit filed by brother of JonBenet Ramsey

    • Miranda says:

      I always thought it was the Mom. My theory was (and is) that JonBenet either said she didn’t want to compete anymore or said her dad or brother was molesting her and Patricia snapped.

  15. Dora says:

    So that’s what happened to him.

  16. DeniseVB says:

    Gary Byrne (Crisis of Character) has a new book coming out.

  17. mothy says:

    Gee thanks— I have been stRing at the new header for hours.

  18. DandyTIger says:

    “If you build the wall, my generation will knock it down” — last generation of Romans

  19. Dora says:

    They are really out of control.


    Somali migrant in Italy tries to rape woman about to give birth in delivery room

    Libero Quotidiano reports that on December 31, 2017, a 38-year-old Somali citizen stole a green nursing uniform from a warehouse at the Sant’Eugenio hospital in Rome, Italy.

    He then entered the delivery room and attempted to rape a 43-year-old woman in the throes of labor. He groped the woman and started to masturbate. The woman’s screams alerted nurses and a doctor who immediately summoned the police.

  20. helenk3 says:

    some good coming out of wolff book. unintentionally of course

  21. Dora says:

  22. mothy says:

    Letterman hosting what’s its name as first guest prompted me to say enough to netflix. All for differing viewpoints but they provide way to much for freaky progs. Prime is more than enough programming.

    • Jeff Bezos owns Amazon and WaPo and famously hates Trump. Sorry to rain on your parade. I don’t worry about people’s politics too much if the service is good.

      • mothy says:

        I know that. It’s the programming on netflix. They give a platform for wing nuts. Dear White People, handler, letterman, stand up, There is no balance. Prime programming is not far left(so far). Not dependent on ratings so I dropped it.

  23. helenk3 says:–468209313.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_NYBrand

    trying to fly out of JFK is not good today. between weather, delays and accidents it is a mess

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