According to reports, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has signed a subpoena, demanding that the opposition research firm responsible for the Trump dossier, Fusion GPS, hand its banking records to the House Intelligence Committee for investigation in order to determine whether payments made to the firm where funneled to reporters to spread the “Fake News.”
Per the Washington Times:
“Rep. Devin Nunes, California Republican and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, signed a subpoena to force a bank to turn over Fusion’s financial records. He wants to know who paid for the dossier, which was written in a series of 18 memos by former British spy Christopher Steele. He relied almost exclusively on unidentified Kremlin sources.
Fusion went to federal court to block the move, but the law firm Perkins Coie LLP, whose partner Marc E. Elias is the Clinton’s campaign’s general counsel, intervened. It filed a letter acknowledging it had paid Fusion for the dossier on behalf of Democrats. Fusion and Mr. Nunes then worked out an agreement on access to some of the firm’s financial records.
But the dispute heightened again Friday as Fusion renewed its request for a judge to block the subpoena because Mr. Nunes wants more information. The widened net includes the names of journalists and law firms that Fusion might have paid.”
The House Intelligence Committee has since filed a motion demanding the research firm obey the subpoena. As a result, a deal to obtain Fusion GPS’s bank records was reached, but the federal judge ruled that the records will be kept confidential under sealed protective order (H/T ABC News and Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller):
NEW: House Intel Committee reaches deal to secure Fusion GPS' bank records; the company produced dossier alleging Trump-Russia links. pic.twitter.com/6VkzRkpf4t
— ABC News (@ABC) October 28, 2017
Federal judge places Fusion GPS bank records under sealed protective order. Will remain confidential. pic.twitter.com/haRFgkNXWQ
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) October 28, 2017