The co-founders of Fusion GPS revealed in a soon-to-be-released book that they took action against Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the ranking member and former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, after he revealed the firm was paid by then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton through a law firm.
“They actively obstructed justice by disrupting multiple congressional investigations and retaliated against me for revealing that the Steele dossier was funded by the Democrats,” Nunes said in a statement obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, the Fusion GPS co-founders, wrote “Crime in Progress.” They have been appearing on and in media to promote the book, with little fallout from the infamous Steele dossier the firm helped create and promote.
The men wrote in the book that they performed opposition research against Nunes in 2018 as he ran for re-election and expressed frustration that Nunes was able to get the firms bank records the year prior, revealing the law firm for the Democratic National Committee and Clintons campaign paid Fusion GPS more than $1 million for the investigation into President Donald Trump, Clintons opponent in 2016.
Simpson and Fritsch wrote that Fusion “ordinarily didnt work on congressional races” but decided to investigate Nunes because they felt he was “a threat to [former special counsel Robert] Muellers ability to do his job,” the Daily Caller reported.
“Fusion had no illusions about being able to topple Nunes, but the notion of digging into his record made many at the firm salivate.”
When documents they obtained from the committee showed little damaging about Nunes, Fusion investigated a winery Nunes owns in California and tried to uncover wrongdoing in his campaign finance.
The Fresno Bee, which is owned by McClatchy, later published some information about Nunes that the Fusion co-founders referenced. Nunes sued the newspaper chain in April for defamation.
Nunes has also sued Twitter, Republican strategist Liz Mair, Fusion GPS, and Politico for alleged wrongdoing.
On Tuesday, Nunes said during an appearance on Fox News “Ingraham Angle” that what Fusion did was “typical.”
“Whatever they accuse you of doing, theyre actually doing. Even the title of the book is hilarious, because theyre the ones that are continuing the crimes,” Nunes said.
“I think part of what this book is about is not to sell a bunch of copies [but] to get out ahead of the lawsuits that are coming,” he added. He said FRead More – Source