Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton reacted this morning to a new report about meetings between the co-founder of Fusion GPS and a Russian lawyer who made headlines over the summer after it was revealed that she had met with Donald Trump Jr.
On Tuesday, Fox News reported:
The co-founder of Fusion GPS, the firm behind the unverified Trump dossier, met with a Russian lawyer before and after a key meeting she had last year with Trump’s son, Fox News has learned. The contacts shed new light on how closely tied the firm was to Russian interests, at a time when it was financing research to discredit then-candidate Donald Trump.
The opposition research firm has faced renewed scrutiny after litigation revealed that the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign paid for that research. Congressional Republicans have since questioned whether that politically financed research contributed to the FBI’s investigation of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – making Fusion’s 2016 contacts with Russian interests all the more relevant.
This is interesting, to say the least. https://t.co/rqvxpHouTN
— Brit Hume (@brithume) November 7, 2017
Some Democrats accused the Trump campaign of "treason" after recent reports about Trump Jr.'s 2016 meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, allegedly to obtain damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
Speaking on "Fox & Friends," Fitton said "it looks like a setup" for the lawyer to have been in contact with Fusion GPS before and after the Trump Tower meeting.
"It's either a scam or a setup," he said, questioning when the FBI knew about the Trump-Russia dossier and what special counsel Robert Mueller knows about the dossier's origins.
"I think this whole investigation is fruit of the poison tree and needs to be shut down before anything else is done," he argued.
Fitton said by Mueller's current standard, anyone linked to Trump who communicated with Russians is subject to criminal investigation and must testify before Congress.
"Is the Clinton operation going to be subject to the same type of scrutiny by Mr. Mueller? I doubt it," said Fitton.
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