Glenn R. Simpson and Peter Fritsch penned an op-ed in the New York Times Tuesday defending the company they founded, Fusion GPS, from Republican attacks designed to malign the hotly debated Steele dossier - and further, discredit the investigation into President Donald Trump's campaign.
The two founders wrote that it was not the Steele dossier that sparked the ongoing Russia probe; rather, the dossier validated information the FBI had already received, including someone within Trump's own circle:
Republicans have refused to release full transcripts of our firm’s testimony, even as they selectively leak details to media outlets on the far right. It’s time to share what our company told investigators.
We don’t believe the Steele dossier was the trigger for the F.B.I.’s investigation into Russian meddling. 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.
More takeaways from the op-ed:
- Fusion GPS explained to Congress how Democratic and Republican groups approached them separately to do research during the campaign.
- The firm suggested that investigators scrutinize bank records of Deutsche Bank and others that funded Trump’s businesses.
- "Finally, we debunked the biggest canard being pushed by the president’s men — the notion that we somehow knew of the June 9, 2016, meeting in Trump Tower between some Russians and the Trump brain trust. We first learned of that meeting from news reports last year — and the committees know it."
Simpson and Fritsch end with an exhortation to Congress to increase transparency:
It is time to stop chasing rabbits. The public still has much to learn about a man with the most troubling business past of any United States president. 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.