In March of 2018, Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska wrote an opinion article for the Daily Caller, describing “an unusual meeting” his lawyer had on March 16, 2017, with Daniel Jones, “a former intelligence staffer for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)” then working with Fusion GPS.
Later that same month, Jones sat down with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to talk about Penn Quarter Group, as described in a footnote to the Congressional House final report on Russia. However, it appears the entire democrat scandal is being quietly swept under the rug. Where is the rest of the money, many people are asking.
“In late March 2017, Jones met with FBI regarding PQG [Penn Quarter Group], which he described as ‘exposing foreign influence in Western elections.’” Jones told FBI that PQG “was being funded by 7 to 10 wealthy donors located primarily in New York and California, who provided approximately $50 million.”
He also mentioned they “had secured the services of Steele, his associate [redacted—likely Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson], and Fusion GPS to continue exposing Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.”
The Federalist separately reported that Jones founded PQG in the spring of 2016, shortly after abandoning his work for Feinstein.
A recent Washington Post article confirms “at least some of the money received by Jones’ PQG did come from Soros through an intermediary.” Soros spokesman Michael Vachon, “disclosed to Washington Post reporter David Ignatius, that Soros had made a grant to the Democracy Integrity Project which, in turn, used Fusion GPS as a contractor.”
The Post article didn’t name Jones but described him as “an associate of Fusion.” They also don’t mention that Jones works for the Democracy Integrity Project. A text Jones sent to Deripaska’s attorney clears the confusion. “Dan Jones here from the Democracy Integrity Project. Chris wanted us to connect.”
With $50 million in the pot they were poised to do some major damage. Reports suggest that Fusion GPS was paid just over $1 million for their work “producing and pushing the Steele Dossier in 2016.”
That is backed up by publicly released bank records that confirm, “Fusion GPS was paid $1.02 million in a series of seven payments from Perkins Coie beginning on May 24, 2016, with the final payment made on Dec. 28, 2016.”
Christopher Steele is alleged to have been paid $160,000 for his part in the drama. Steele’s notes and memos back these figures up even further. Steele’s cut was supposedly part of the payment to Fusion GPS, but even if it wasn’t, what happened to $48.98 million?
Clues indicate that efforts to take down Donald Trump started sooner than everyone is admitting. Steele and Fusion GPS were reportedly not funded until early 2017 but there are indications Jones may have been clearing the way long before then.
At the end of January, 2018, Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) named Jones and Penn Quarter in a letter regarding the Judiciary Committee review of election interference.
This past July, Devin Nunes, in his capacity as chair of the House Intelligence Committee, requested Jones be scheduled for “an open setting interview.” Nunes wants Simpson and “other Fusion GPS affiliates” on the stand as well.
One of the things Grassley wants investigated in the review of the Carter Page wiretaps is “whether any applications that may have been made for permission for such surveillance fully and accurately disclosed… the source of Fusion GPS’s and Mr. Steele’s funding.”
Jones is also listed with a number of individuals that Senator Grassley wants records from, including “Fusion GPS principals and affiliates, along with a number of DOJ, FBI, and State Department officials.”
The committee wants everything that applies to their request dated between March of 2016 and January of 2017, so specifically before Fusion GPS and Steele officially surfaced.
Republican consultant Michael Caputo picked up on that also. In testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee this past March, Caputo asked the Senators an interesting question.
“How many of you know Daniel Jones, former Senate Intelligence staffer for Senator Dianne Feinstein? Great guy, right? Most of you worked with him. One of you probably just talked to him this morning.”
“Of course, very few of us in flyover country knew Daniel until recently. Now, we know that he quit his job with your Senate committee not long ago to raise $50 million from 10 rich Democrats to finance more work on the Fusion GPS Russian dossier.”
Caputo explained to the Senators, “Jones and Penn Quarter have been reported to have begun their work with Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele in early 2017 but Grassley’s letter, dated January 25, 2017, is requesting information from March 2016 to January 2017. This suggests that Grassley has information on Jones’ and Penn Quarter’s activities before the group reportedly began any work with Fusion GPS and Steele.”
Text messages received by Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) verify that Waldman was “in touch with both Steele and Jones in March 2017,” and that Steele and Jones talked directly. What we don’t know Epoch Times writes, “is when that contact, or any funding of Penn Quarter, began.”
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) subpoenaed Glenn Simpson for a deposition “as part of our joint investigation into decisions made by DOJ in 2016.” Simpson refuses to go voluntarily, and if compelled will likely assert the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination.
Epoch Times finds it suspicious that “a total of $1 million to pay for the entire production and dissemination of the dossier seems a somewhat inadequate number.”
“This amount,” they write, “supposedly covered the work of Simpson, his partner, their staff, contractor Nellie Ohr, and Steele. Add to this any number of related expenses, including 11 documented payments made to three journalists.”
Another lingering question is when did Nellie Ohr start working for Fusion GPS. Recent testimony suggests she may have teamed up with Stefan Halper in 2015, to start raiding the intelligence community database, fishing for leads Christopher Steele could follow up on.