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Mon Nov 25, 2019, 10:02 PM

New Yorker: The Inside Story of Christopher Steele's Trump Dossier (new book by Fusion GPS founders)

Great article:
https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the-inside-story-of-christopher-steeles-trump-dossier

"On Tuesday, two of the President’s most prolific accusers plan to disrupt the narrative by telling their own story. Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, the co-founders of the Washington-based private-investigative firm Fusion GPS, which has mined deep veins of muck on Trump for years, at the behest of his various political enemies, will try to throw the book at Trump with the publication of “Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump.”

Fusion was the firm that hired the former British spy Christopher Steele to research Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign. After nearly three years without a word from Steele, while the so-called pee tape and his other sensational findings sparked furious controversy, the former M.I.6 spy speaks directly and on the record about his own part for the first time in the book, an advance copy of which was given to The New Yorker.

Whether Simpson and Fritsch’s score-settling, tell-all account will change any minds remains to be seen, but they present a mountain of evidence that Trump’s dealings with corrupt foreign players—particularly those from the former Soviet Union—are both real and go back decades. Steele’s dossier has been debated, denounced, derided, and occasionally defended almost since the moment it was first published, in January, 2017, by BuzzFeed News, against Steele’s wishes. Although Carl Bernstein helped to break the news of its existence on CNN, his friend and Watergate-reporting partner Bob Woodward dismissed it almost instantly as “garbage.” During impeachment-hearing testimony last week, the former White House national-security adviser Fiona Hill, one of America’s foremost experts on Russia and a professional acquaintance of Steele’s, described the dossier as “a rabbit hole” and suggested that Steele may have been “played.” But the authors defend Steele’s work, and their own, arguing that it has proved “strikingly right.”

As the authors tell it, they became obsessed with Trump almost accidentally. Their involvement in his campaign began as a business proposition. In the past, they had worked mostly for corporate clients, but in 2012 they had also done some political-opposition research on the Republican Presidential nominee, Mitt Romney. (They declined to disclose their client.) So, in 2015, as Trump gained momentum, but before he clinched the nomination, Simpson and Fritsch again decided to look for political work. After firing off a quick e-mail to a big conservative donor they knew who disliked Trump, they were hired. They don’t identify that donor but note, helpfully, that he arranged for them to contract their opposition-research assignment through the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative Web site known to be funded by Paul Singer, a New York hedge-fund magnate. Once Trump secured the nomination, however, the G.O.P. donor fled."

Lots more at link.

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Amaryllis Nov 25 OP
klook Nov 25 #1
Amaryllis Nov 25 #2
triron Nov 25 #3
The Velveteen Ocelot Nov 25 #4
triron Nov 25 #6
EndlessWire Nov 26 #8
Iliyah Nov 25 #5
PSPS Nov 25 #7
EndlessWire Nov 26 #9
eleny Nov 26 #10
UTUSN Nov 26 #11

Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Mon Nov 25, 2019, 10:04 PM

1. Authors were on R. Maddow tonight.

Looks like a must-read. Rachel says it’s the best book on the subject.

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Response to klook (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 25, 2019, 10:06 PM

2. Just saw them on RAchel and looked up the book and found the New Yorker article, which is very

good and has a lot of info.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Mon Nov 25, 2019, 10:06 PM

3. Why aren't these authors asked to testify?????

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Response to triron (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 25, 2019, 10:23 PM

4. They don't have to; they wrote a book.

If there's anything in it that's a big surprise, I would expect they would be at least interviewed, but my guess is that whatever they've written about that's significant is already known to the investigators.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 25, 2019, 10:30 PM

6. That would be astounding. You really think so?

Democrats must have a lot that they're keeping under wraps.

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Response to triron (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 26, 2019, 04:46 PM

8. Senate Judiciary Committee

They testified before the Judiciary in August of 2017. 312 pages of very interesting testimony. They became so alarmed that they attempted to notify the FBI themselves.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Mon Nov 25, 2019, 10:25 PM

5. Seems like every week they have a book about

how fucked up shithole and his cronies are.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Mon Nov 25, 2019, 11:22 PM

7. These authors are just pimping their book.

I'll stick with Fiona Hill's description of it as a "rabbit hole."

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Response to PSPS (Reply #7)

Tue Nov 26, 2019, 04:51 PM

9. Well, with all respect

Since they had already testified in 2017 about the origin of the dossier, and since they had attempted to notify the FBI themselves, I don't think they are just pimping their book. Certainly, they want to sell their book But there was important info in their testimony document that no one cared about, apparently. So, bring it out. The election is coming!

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Response to PSPS (Reply #7)

Tue Nov 26, 2019, 05:29 PM

10. I requested it from my library after watching Rachel Maddow interview the authors

I'll make up my own mind.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Tue Nov 26, 2019, 06:05 PM

11. MAYER excellence as always; Fusion laying down the law. No, not "pimping a book."

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