By Jon Dougherty

(NationalSentinel) House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes on Wednesday filed a multimillion dollar federal lawsuit against Fusion GPS, the political opposition research firm that commissioned the so-called “Russia dossier” financed by the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

In an appearance on Fox News, Nunes explained that Fusion GPS also has a long history of “smearing” him and others, and has ties to the Russian government and “Russian oligarchs.”

“Most people know about the Steele Dossier and working to smear the [2016] Trump campaign,” Nunes told host Sean Hannity. “When we were investigating Fusion GPS, they were actively involved in working to smear me to obstruct justice” and “derail” the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the “Spygate” scandal when he was still chairman of that panel.

“I’m going to hold these guys accountable, and this is just one of many steps we continue to take,” he said, adding that he must now “rely on federal courts to fix a lot of this mess.”

This is only the most recent action that House Republicans have taken against Fusion GPS. In May, a group of GOP lawmakers filed a criminal referral with the Justice Department against Nellie Ohr, wife of DoJ official Bruce Ohr.

Nellie Ohr was hired as a contractor in the spring of 2016 by Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson to lead opposition research efforts for the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign against then-GOP candidate Donald Trump and his then-campaign manager, Paul Manafort.

Her research was focused primarily on uncovering any connections between the GOP contender or Manafort and corrupt persons or activities in Ukraine or Russia. At the same time, her husband, Bruce Ohr, was serving as the No. 4 official at DoJ.

Hannity and Nunes acknowledged that, despite spending some $40 million in taxpayer funds to investigate the 2016 Trump campaign for alleged “collusion” with Russia, special counsel Robert Mueller, during congressional testimony earlier this year, appeared to not be familiar at all with Fusion GPS or the role the firm played in Spygate.

“That’s why we have to go to the courts,” Nunes said, because after spending so much money investigating the president, “we don’t have anything to show for it.”

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“This is why people like me, who have the ability to do this, have to take these cases to court, so we can pull out more information. Because ultimately, people have to be held accountable,” the California Republican added.

Fusion has a long history of involvement with the Trump-Russia collusion narrative, which Mueller did determine, officially, was invalid.

In June 2016 at the so-called “Trump Tower” meeting, which Democrats have often attempted to use as proof the president and Russian operatives were plotting against Hillary Clinton, three of the eight people who attended were associated with Fusion:

— Donald Trump Jr.
— Jared Kushner (left early)
— Paul Manafort
— Natalia Veselnitskaya (Fusion GPS)
— Anatoli Samochornov (translator and Fusion GPS)
— Rinat Akhmetshin (lobbyist – Fusion GPS)
— Rob Goldstone
— Rep. of the Agalarov Family

News of the June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting was leaked to the press claiming that Don Jr. met Veselnitskaya because she said she had ‘dirt’ on Hillary. (Related: House Intel Chair Adam Schiff met with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson during height of panels’ ‘Russian collusion’ probe: Report)

But that’s not what Veselnitskaya wanted the meeting for. Subsequent reported noted that she was there to lobby against the Magnitsky Act.

When it became apparent that was her only objective, Don Jr. ended the meeting about 20 minutes in — which is what he has said publicly.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein would later admit that she leaked the congressional testimony of Fusion co-founder Glenn Simpson to the media at his request.

“We were written to by the lawyers of the company asking that it be released, and the reason, of course, is because it has been used by rumor and innuendo and falsity so much that the time came for people to see exactly what was said,” Feinstein said.

Earlier, Feinstein said she felt “pressured” to release the transcript, but later denied that. She has also said her judgement was impaired by a “bad cold.”



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