Chasing down rabbit holes after Fusion GPS

Source: The American Prospect
by Eliza Newlin Carney

“In their zeal to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Republicans have found a convenient scapegoat in the controversial consulting firm Fusion GPS. Republicans have subpoenaed the firm’s bank records, questioned its organizers for more than 20 hours, asked the FBI to investigate one of its subcontractors, and sued the firm for defamation. Fusion GPS is an easy target. As an outfit that traffics in digging up dirt on power brokers, the firm specializes in ‘finding unsavory things about unsavory people, at the behest of not-especially-savory clients,’ notes The New York Times. Republicans have made much of the firm’s ties to Russian lawyer and Moscow insider Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, who participated in a much-scrutinized meeting with Trump’s son, campaign manager, and son-in-law in 2016. But even Fusion GPS has constitutional and legal rights, and its treatment at the hands of Republicans helps explain why Democrats are so alarmed by the mounting GOP campaign to sabotage Mueller and his investigation.” (01/11/18)