Some of the times Trump has called Russia probe a 'witch hunt'

Doris Richards
January 13, 2018

It seems very odd that Fusion GPS, or at least Steele, would expect to have any understanding of internal affairs at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, especially regarding a different case from they were supplying information on.

The dossier was reportedly partially funded by Trump-rival Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic party. In the interview counsel asks Simpson the obvious question whether he understood his work on the Prevezon case principally to have benefited the Russian government (page 184). Nixon ended up firing his attorney general, and deputy attorney general for refusing to fire their special prosecutor, but got his solicitor general to do the deed.

Simpson continued: "Quality is a really important issue in the business intelligence industry". "Chris has a sterling reputation as a person who does not exaggerate, does not make things up, doesn't sell baloney". For example, it's true that Peter Strzok, a counterintelligence agent who was part of the initial F.B.I. inquiry into Trump's Russian Federation ties, texted a colleague with whom he was having an affair about the need for an "insurance policy" should Trump become president.

During the 2016 campaign, Fusion GPS employed the wife of senior DOJ official Bruce Ohr as a subcontractor on the Trump project.

Rep. Jim Himes, a Connecticut Democrat, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told CNN earlier this month: "There may very well be errors in the dossier".

"This categorically proves that they acted in reckless disregard for the truth since they did nothing to further verify if this information about Cohen was reliable and trustworthy". The committee notably heard testimony from James Comey after the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director was sacked.

Mr Trump has repeatedly denied there was any collusion between his campaign and Russian officials. Congressional sources say none has been confirmed.

Steele first reached out to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in early July 2016, because he was alarmed by the information he collected in June and felt obligated to step forward, Simpson said. "By then it was obvious there was a crime in progress", Simpson said. People, he meant, like Jared Kushner.

The dossier has spurred seven libel lawsuits by three people and a group of Russian bankers targeted by Steele for wrongdoing.

Cohen filed a separation defamation suit against liberal website BuzzFeed, its editor-in-chief Ben Smith, and three BuzzFeed writers for publishing the Trump dossier in January 2017, even though the liberal website admitted that "the allegations are unverified, and the report contains errors". John Cornyn, R-Texas, who said he wanted more transparency on how the Federal Bureau of Investigation gathered information and the extent to which investigators may have used the dossier as a partial basis for obtaining a surveillance warrant.

After Democrats began paying for the research, Fusion GPS hired Christopher Steele, a former British spy, to gather intelligence about any ties between the Kremlin and then-candidate Trump and his associates.

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