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House releases transcript of interview tied to Trump dossier

21 January 2018, 12:27 | Ricardo Garza

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President Donald Trump shown Thursday in Pennsylvania was the target of Fusion GPS's opposition research conducted on behalf of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton for President

The House Intelligence Committee on Thursday posted the transcript of its November interview with Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of the research firm Fusion GPS, which was responsible for the dossier on Donald Trump and Russian Federation.

Simpson's interview was released by the committee on Thursday following a unanimous vote to make it public.

Congressman Adam Schiff asked if he had seen Russian money involved with those and, in reply, Mr Simpson said that while it is not overt, there were certainly odd financial patterns.

The 165-page interview transcript is available here.

"These issues have nothing to do with the scope of the investigation" by the House intelligence committee, Garten said in a phone interview.

Simpson was hired to probe the president by a conservative website, The Washington Free Beacon.

According to Simpson, Fusion GPS' interest in Trump's Russian Federation ties was first piqued while the project was being financed by the Washington Free Beacon. Simpson just gets to explain what he and his researchers found about Trump's business career that led them to believe that it was a credible allegation when their subcontractor Christopher Steele reported that the Russian government had been involved in a years-long campaign and to make him blackmailable by the time the presidential election rolled around.

Trump's trip to Moscow for the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, and a vodka deal he pushed there also jumped out to Simpson in the spring of 2016, he told the committee.

Simpson also discussed the financing of Trump's golf courses around the world, questioning if he had "enough money to do this and that" saying "he would have had to have outside financial support of these things".

Mr Simpson said he found the situation inexplicable.

"I'd say, in general, we were the architects of the research and we made most of the decisions about what to look for and where to look", he said.

Another Democrat on the Republican-controlled committee, Representative Jim Hines, sought to temper Schiff's comment, telling CNN that Simpson "did not provide evidence and I think that's an important point".

Asked about deals of interest involving the now US President, Mr Simpson said, "Some of the things that we have...looked at that we thought were very concerning are existing investments in projects, and specifically a project in Panama, the one in Toronto".

During his testimony, Simpson urged the committee to continue its investigation into the president.

"There were a lot of real estate deals where you couldn't really tell who was buying the property", Simpson said. "Then I would go to the banks next".

Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson used his six-hour interview with the House Intelligence Committee in November to defend the crafting of the now-infamous opposition research dossier on Trump and Russian Federation and detail the suspicious connections his firm found between the Trump world and Russian Federation.

He said he was not aware of Steele paying any of his sources, while defending his methods of gathering information. In 2016, Steele later handed over his findings included in the dossier to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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