BILL BROWDER’S TESTIMONY: WILL DEMOCRATS ALLOW IT?

Are Democrats intentionally trying to shut down testimony from someone who has the goods on Fusion GPS?

Will mainstream media report either the attempt to shut him down, or the testimony if it takes place?

Excerpted from Brooke Singman’s article for foxnews.com:

Senate Democrats used a parliamentary maneuver Wednesday to cut short a high-profile hearing, where a key witness was set to testify on Russia’s misdeeds and also raise fresh allegations against the company behind the infamous anti-Trump dossier.

Bill Browder, the CEO and co-founder of Hermitage Capital, was set to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee that the co-founder of the firm Fusion GPS was hired to conduct a “smear campaign” against him. Further, he planned to testify the campaign was orchestrated by Natalia Veselnitskaya — the Russian attorney who sought the highly scrutinized Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort in June 2016.

Browder released written testimony ahead of the hearing but his public remarks were delayed when Democrats invoked the “two-hour rule” to protest Republican efforts to repeal ObamaCare. The seldom-used rule bars committees from meeting more than two hours after the full Senate begins a session. 

“Veselnitskaya, through Baker Hostetler, hired Glenn Simpson of the firm Fusion GPS to conduct a smear campaign against me and Sergei Magnitsky in advance of congressional hearings on the Global Magnitsy Act.”

– Bill Browder, in prepared statement to Senate committee

“I don’t know if the minority is intentionally trying to block testimony that may be critical of a firm behind the unverified Trump dossier, but I’ll bet two bits that had Paul Manafort or Donald Trump, Jr. appeared at today’s hearing, it would not have been prematurely shut down,” Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement. “The Democrat leadership is playing politics, plain and simple.”

Browder now is expected to testify Thursday, but his statement makes clear that he will have plenty to say about Fusion GPS, the shadowy intel company founded by a pair of former Wall Street Journal reporters, including Glenn Simpson.

“Veselnitskaya, through Baker Hostetler, hired Glenn Simpson of the firm Fusion GPS to conduct a smear campaign against me and Sergei Magnitsky in advance of congressional hearings on the Global Magnitsy Act,” Browder wrote in his prepared testimony, adding that the firm helped to organize a Washington D.C.-based premiere of a “fake documentary” about Magnitsky and himself.

As you can see, I’ve used Fox News as the source of this information.  That is because not one of the three major networks id reporting it.

I googled “Bill Browder 2 hour rule” and looked at the first three full pages.  Nothing from NBC.  Nothing from CBS.  Nothing from ABC.  And nothing from either the New York Times or Washington Post.

These are the people whom countless millions rely on for news, not selectively reported propaganda.

What a mistake they are making.

And when I looked at CNN’s “coverage”, I found a major article about it….which had this, and nothing else, about Browder:

But Senate judiciary committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced Wednesday that Browder’s appearance was being delayed from Wednesday to Thursday morning because of the “two-hour rule,” a delay tactic often employed by Senate Democrats as they have fought Republicans on a series of measures.

The rest of the article was an attack on Trump and his supposed Russia collusion – nothing remotely like what Browder would be testifying –  which would lead readers to believe Browder was just some inconsequential blip on the radar screen, with nothing important to say.

Browder is never mentioned again, and what they know he will be testifying, based on a statement he has already issued, was withheld from the people – God help them – who rely on CNN for news.

This selective reporting/non-reporting of news is not some one-time oddity.  It happens every day, as we have chronicled here for months and months.

It is a disgrace to the journalistic profession and a disservice to every person who is under the mistaken impression that they are getting news from these people, not selectively provided propaganda.

1 Comment

  • Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement. “The Democrat leadership is playing politics, plain and simple.”

    What a surprise, a politician playing politics. The Republicans better start doing their jobs. They are in the business of politics it is time they realize it. If they didn’t want to play politics they should have found a different profession.

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