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Fusion GPS founders say they were 'shocked' by contents of 'Steele dossier'

12 January 2018

The founders of the private research firm that commissioned the controversial dossier detailing salacious allegations against President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE said Tuesday they were "shocked" by the information contained in the report, dismissing accusations that it was tainted by partisan politics.

The two co-founders of the firm behind the infamous Steele dossier are publicly pushing back against the Republican Party's handling of the investigation into the Trump campaign's potential ties to Russian Federation.

"When faced with a subpoena from the Chairman and Ranking Member, Mr. Simpson refused to provide public testimony, using his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to negotiate for a closed-door interview", he added.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Wednesday that an invitation for the research company behind the "Trump dossier" to testify in public remains "on the table" - while outlining the chairman of the firm's reluctance to do so. Yet lawmakers in the thrall of the president continue to wage a cynical campaign to portray us as the unwitting victims of Kremlin disinformation.

We suggested investigators look into the bank records of Deutsche Bank and others that were funding Mr. Trump's businesses.

The committee has been investigating who paid Fusion GPS, who received the dossier, whether steps were taken to verify its accuracy, and whether the FBI relied on it as grounds for its counterintelligence investigation.

We told Congress that from Manhattan to Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., and from Toronto to Panama, we found widespread evidence that Mr. Trump and his organization had worked with a wide array of dubious Russians in arrangements that often raised questions about money laundering. "T$3 hose deals don't seem to interest Congress".

Yes, we hired Mr. Steele, a highly respected Russian Federation expert.

In the document, Steele drew from his deep sources in Russian Federation.

Media reports claim that the Hillary Clinton campaign was involved in the funding of the research into Trump's alleged ties with Russian Federation.

"After the election, Mr. Steele made a decision to share his intelligence with Senator John McCain via an emissary", Simpson and Fritsch added.

The dossier - a collection of reports compiled by Steele that began in mid-2016 and continued after the election - cited sources familiar with the inner workings of the Kremlin, who said Russian Federation had obtained compromising information about Trump, including lurid alleged details of his 2013 visit to Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant. They added that Fusion never spoke to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but deferred to Steele when he felt he needed to report what he had uncovered. "Mr. Levy is recorded by the court reporter as saying during the interview, 'We'd like to make a request that it be kept confidential given the sensitivity of the matters discussed today, '" Grassley's spokesman continued. "We helped him do that. The goal was to alert the United States national security community to an attack on our country by a hostile foreign power".

They note in their piece that BuzzFeed published the document "to our dismay".

It is time to stop chasing rabbits. Congress should release transcripts of our firm's testimony, so that the American people can learn the truth about our work and most important, what happened to our democracy.

Fusion GPS founders say they were 'shocked' by contents of 'Steele dossier'