Interestingly, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) never bothered to tell the Senate Intelligence Committee that her former top aide was tightly tied to Fusion GPS. He may have been running the show ever since the election, so it looks like she tried to cover up a significant conflict of interest.
Daniel J. Jones, Feinstein’s close confidant “is intimately involved with ongoing efforts to retroactively validate” Christopher Steele’s fantasy “research” file “dossier” of dirt against President Trump.
Jones was mentioned in a recent letter written by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to leaders of the Democratic party including John Podesta, Donna Brazile, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
By matching that up with recently obtained text messages, an interesting picture emerges.
Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) had quite a conversation with a “registered foreign agent” for a Russian aluminum tycoon. It shows Feinstein’s relationship with Jones may have been the driving motivation behind her unilaterally releasing the transcript of Glenn Simpson’s Senate hearing testimony.
Not only did she turn it loose without even notifying the committee’s chairman, for some bizarre reason, names were blacked out that were never classified and should be publicly available. The hidden names were all employees of Fusion GPS and may have listed Jones.
Fusion GPS is a “political opposition research firm” with incestuously close ties to the Democrats. Founder of the company, Glenn Simpson, took money from Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and used it to pay for Christopher Steele’s Russian fishing expedition.
The dossier that Steele cooked up has been shown in recently declassified documents to be the sole “basis for securing secret wiretaps on Trump campaign affiliates.”
Grassley and Graham’s letter outlined that they are trying to understand “the extent of the DNC’s knowledge of, and interactions with, Mr. Steele and others involved in Fusion GPS’s work,” calling it “essential to this inquiry.”
Item number 12 on the list of documents they wanted to be turned over “by February 8, 2018,” brought the name of Daniel Jones into the public spotlight for the first time. The Senators are demanding “any and all communications” with a long list of suspects.
Daniel Jones pops up like a mushroom out of nowhere in the very center of a list of nearly two dozen now familiar names.
Jone’s only claim to fame, until being listed by Grassley and Graham, is that he is the one who wrote the famous “CIA torture report.” Until now, he hadn’t been mentioned publicly in connection with Steele, the dossier, or Fusion GPS.
When Jones left his Congressional job at the end of 2015 he was given an unusual honor. Senator Feinstein took to the Senate Floor and “profusely praised Jones by name.” That only happens for “individuals with extremely close relationships with lawmakers.”
Four months later, he filed paperwork creating the innocuous sounding “Penn Quarter Group.” His company provides “research and investigative advisory.” Steele delivered the first installment of his dossier within a week.
Jones was not known to be a big Twitter user but, in early 2017, suddenly he started tweeting about “illicit ties between the Trump campaign and Russians.”
The plot thickens when you throw the email messages into the mix. A conversation was leaked between the vice-chairman of the Senate intelligence committee Mark Warner and Adam Waldman.
Waldman is a Washington D.C. based lawyer who is registered as a foreign agent for Oleg Deripaska, described as “a Kremlin-connected Russian oligarch.” The relationship put over a million dollars in Waldman’s pocket in 2016 and 2017.
Warner wanted to get testimony from Steele for an ongoing congressional investigation but Steele wanted a “bipartisan letter from Warner and Burr requesting that he present himself for questioning,” to cover his backside.
Waldman wrote back, “I spoke w [sic] Steele. He repeated the same position which is that he wants to be helpful but is fearful of the triumvirate of cost, time suck, and reputation.”
“He asked me what your concern was about a letter first and I explained it but he would still like as a first protective step from you and [Sen. Richard] Burr asking him and his partner to assist w the investigation by answering questions,” Waldman wrote.
“He said he will also speak w Dan Jones whom he says is talking to you.”
“I pointed out there is no privilege in that discussion although Dan [Jones] is a good guy and very trustworthy guy. I encouraged him again to engage with you for the sake of the truth and of vindication of the dossier.”
After more back and forth about why Steele wouldn’t do a phone call without his bipartisan request letter first, Waldman indicates that Steele dumped the whole circus into Jones’ lap.
“He said Dan Jones is coming to see you. I suggest you explain to Dan why a call is the necessary first step rather than a letter from your perspective.”
She should not be allowed to continue working on the investigation into Steele, Russian interference, and Fusion GPS because of the business relationship she had with Jones.
Feinstein told reporters she felt “pressured” to release the transcript. Did that pressure come from Dan Jones? When asked about it, she denied saying that anyone pressured her but it was on tape.
This also explains why Grassley and Graham kept her out of the loop on the criminal referral they filed against Christopher Steele.
“If they believed Feinstein or her staff were directly working with a Fusion GPS client or contractor to vindicate their private work on behalf of Democratic clients it would make sense to remove her and her staff from the information loop.”