Fusion GPS Testimony Debunks GOP Theory On Trump And Russia
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California released the testimony of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, to the Senate Intelligence Committee, after Republican Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Lindsay Graham of South Carolina concealed the testimony for months.
According to Simpson, the FBI was investigating collusion and links between the Trump campaign and Russia long before the FBI learned about Fusion GPS contractor Christopher Steele’s dossier on Trump and Russia, notes Vox.
Republicans have long-claimed that the FBI didn’t start investigating Trump until the Steele Dossier, which they falsely claimed was collusion between Russia and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
In reality, the FBI was investigating Trump-Russia long before the Clinton campaign and the Washington Free Beacon hired Fusion GPS to do opposition research on Trump.
Simpson said that when Steele spoke to the FBI about his dossier the FBI “believed Chris’s information might be credible because they had other intelligence that indicated the same thing, and one of those pieces of intelligence was a human source from inside the Trump organization.”
The “human source” was likely identified by The New York Times, which reported that Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos accidentally triggered the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation by telling Australian diplomat Alexander Downer in May 2016 that Russia had dirt on Clinton.
Dianne Feinstein, the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, defended releasing Simpson’s testimony over Republican misinformation, notes Reuters:
The innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript are part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice. The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public.