Is anyone ever held accountable for lying anymore? What if they lie to the U.S. Congress? Could we be about to find out? That will depend upon Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.
Grassley is making accusations that he and other members of his committee were lied to by individuals they recently interviewed.
Grassley made those allegations in a letter to committee colleague Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Del. about Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson.
Simpson was asked in August 2017 when he appeared before the committee if the work Simpson was doing on behalf of his research firm was continued “after” the 2016 election. Simpson’s response was: “I had no client after the election.”
Grassley wrote in his letter to Coons regarding Simpson’s earlier testimony:
“As we now know, that was extremely misleading, if not an outright lie.”
“Contrary to Mr. Simpson’s denial in the staff interview, according to the FBI and others, Fusion actually did continue Trump dossier work for a new client after the election.”
Grassley’s letter also specifically mentions a March 2017 footnote which discusses an interview conducted by the FBI of Daniel J. Jones. Jones was a former staffer for Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and according to his LinkedIn profile, worked four years for the FBI doing “international analysis.”
Is there anyone connected to the “all things Russia” investigation that wasn’t working for the FBI or helping the FBI to “spy” on then Presidential candidate and nominee Donald Trump?
The footnote indicates that Jones told the FBI that he was leading a research organization called the Penn Quarter Group which had “secured the services” of former British spy, Christopher Steele of the infamous “dossier”; an associate; and Fusion GPS.
Jones indicated that the purpose was “to continue exposing Russian interference” after the election.
The committee’s report states that the Penn Quarter Group was funded by “7 to 10 wealthy donations primarily in New York and California.”
Any surprise that the donors were from Democrat-run states?
The donors reportedly gave $50 million to help Jones achieve his goal of “pushing the information he obtained from Fusion and Steele to policymakers on Capitol Hill, the press, and the FBI.”
Was Jones directed by the FBI to provide the government agency with the information he discovered during his research since he worked for them at one time for several years? Was he an FBI informant?
These questions remain unanswered.
However, it appears that Grassley is convinced that Jones’ statement regarding hiring Fusion GPS “after the election” contradicts Simpson’s statement he made before the Congressional committee.
“So, despite the fact Mr. Simpson said he had no client after the election, he in fact did, and that client revealed himself to the FBI.”
What is the next step in holding Simpson accountable?
According to 18 U.S. Code section 1001, if someone “knowingly and willingly makes a false statement to Congress they “shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years…”
Will Congress initiate legal action against Simpson and either fine or imprison him?
Based upon what we have seen the GOP Congress members do so far regarding issues concerning the “all things Russia” probe, I’m not hopeful that anything will be done to hold Simpson responsible.
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