A Russian aluminum magnate has asserted that billionaire activist George Soros is funding Fusion GPS, the firm behind the controversial Christopher Steele dossier.
If the claim by billionaire Oleg Deripaska, is true, Fusion GPS’ ongoing anti-Trump investigations have not only been funded by the Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign, but also by Soros, who recently pledged $18 billion to an array of liberal groups and causes.
Deripaska has been associated with Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia collusion investigation.
Secret text messages were acquired by Fox News that were exchanged between Virginia Democrat and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence vice chairman Sen. Mark Warner, and Washington attorney Adam Waldman, who represents Deripaska.
Warner used Waldman as a middle-man to reach Steele, a former British spy to whom the committee wants to speak. The exchange between Warner and Waldman and Steele did not appear to be productive.
In an opinion editorial published in The Daily Caller, Deripaska did not discuss Steele, but addressed Fusion GPS and Daniel J. Jones, an ex-intelligence staffer for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat.
Jones operates his own investigative firm, Penn Quarter Group, and has been in contact with Fusion GPS, which is still attempting to push the validity of the disputed Steele dossier, the Washington Times reported.
Deripaska revealed that Waldman testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, and thus Warner, that Jones told him that Soros was funding Fusion GPS.
Deripaska wrote, “Yet on March 16, 2017, Daniel Jones — himself a team member of Fusion GPS, self-described former FBI agent and, as we now know from the media, an ex-Feinstein staffer — met with my lawyer, Adam Waldman, and described Fusion as a ‘shadow media organization helping the government,’ funded by a ‘group of Silicon Valley billionaires and George Soros.’ My lawyer testified these facts to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Nov. 3.”
According to Deripaska, Washington’s Russia narrative is all wrong.
Jones’ name initially came up in reference to the dossier in a letter from Republicans Charles Grassley of Iowa, who is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
Grassley and Graham asked Democratic Party leaders for copies of any communications sent and received by those included on a list of over one dozen people, including Jones and Deripaska.
Deripaska, who has close ties to the Kremlin and is one of Russia’s better-known oligarchs, once employed Paul Manafort, a former Trump campaign manager now under indictment on charges of conspiracy and income tax evasion.