The founders of Fusion GPS, the controversial research firm responsible for the infamous “Trump dossier” that helped spur an FBI investigation on Trump and his potential collusion with Moscow, said in a statement on Tuesday that they were “shocked” by the information contained in the completed document. They went on to accuse Republican lawmakers of ‘selectively’ hiding evidence they presented before Congress, in an apparent attempt to grandstand for President Trump during his Russia investigation.
“Republicans have refused to release full transcripts of our firm’s testimony,” the pair points out, “even as they selectively leak details to media outlets on the far right.”
“It’s time to share what our company told (Trump-Russia) investigators.”
Furthermore, they argue, any assertion that a drummed-up, salacious document was engineered with the help of Democrats and used to direct U.S. intelligence efforts is simply Republicans playing politics.
In a New York Times op-editorial, Fusion GPS co-founders Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch argue that at no time was Christopher Steele, the British agent who compiled the research on Trump, was aware of who was paying for it.
They go on to say that many other factors played a role in the hiring of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
“We don’t believe the Steele dossier was the trigger for the F.B.I.’s investigation into Russian meddling,” says the editorial. “As we told the Senate Judiciary Committee in August, our sources said the dossier was taken so seriously because it corroborated reports the bureau had received from other sources, including one inside the Trump camp.”
Even more striking is Simpson and Fritsch’s indictment of GOP leadership in Congress, which is running a dual-playbook of obstruction-of-evidence and distraction tactics.
Republicans are attempting to sway attention away from possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, the editorial states, by focusing on the dossier and Fusion GPS’s work on behalf of Hillary Clinton.
Finally, the editorial claims that Fusion uncovered evidence of money laundering schemes involving the current President.
Congress appears uninterested, according to the firm’s co-founders, in delving into the shady Trump bank records uncovered during the research campaign. “We walked investigators through our yearlong effort to decipher Mr. Trump’s complex business past, of which the Steele dossier is but one chapter.”