On Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the Senate Judiciary Committee testimony of Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of Fusion GPS and “among the most significant players in the Trump-Russia affair,” The New York Times writes. Fusion GPS is famously behind a controversial dossier that alleges Russia possesses compromising information about President Trump. It was compiled by British spy Christopher Steele, who Simpson hired.
The Judiciary Committee’s chairman, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), previously told the Times that Simpson was “uncooperative” during his interview, although the transcript is full of a number of potentially explosive details. Here are seven. (And you can read the full transcript here.)
1. Fusion GPS had no idea what it was getting into.
The way our firm runs we pursue things, you know, somewhat out of curiosity. So we didn’t know — it was opaque what Donald Trump had been doing on these business trips to Russia. We didn’t know what he was doing there. [Glenn Simpson, page 82]
2. Steele decided to seek out the FBI over fears that Trump was being blackmailed.
[Steele’s] concern, which is something that counterintelligence people deal with a lot, is whether or not there was blackmail going on, whether a political candidate was being blackmailed or had been compromised. And the whole problem of compromise of Western businessmen and politicians by the Russians is an essential part of — it’s like disinformation, it’s something they worry about a lot and deal with a lot and are trained to respond to. So, you know, a trained intelligence officer can spot disinformation that you or I might not recognize, certainly that was Chris’ skill, and he honed in on this issue of blackmail as being a significant national security issue. [Glenn Simpson, pages 161-162]
3. Simpson agreed Steele needed to tell the FBI, saying they were witnesses to a potential “crime in progress.”
So he proposed to — he said we should tell the FBI, it’s a national security issue. I didn’t originally agree or disagree, I just put it off and said I needed to think about it. Then he raised it again with me. I don’t remember the exact sequence of these events, but my recollection is that I questioned how we would do that because I don’t know anyone there that I could report something like this to and be believed and I didn’t really think it …read more
Source:: The Week – Politics