Fusion GPS: Why Did Glenn Simpson Thank Diane Feinstein? [VIDEO]

Fusion GPS: Why Did Glenn Simpson Thank Diane Feinstein? [VIDEO]

Fusion GPS: Why Did Glenn Simpson Thank Diane Feinstein? [VIDEO]

Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) threw caution to the wind yesterday and released Glenn Simpson’s Fusion GPS testimony to the public. Needless to say, the media started scrolling through all 312 pages in hopes of finding FINALLLY that Russia Trump collusion gotcha thingy. To no avail. 

One of the biggest takeaways from Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson’s Senate Judiciary Committee testimony is that he has no independent proof that the allegations made in the infamous Trump dossier are accurate.

An extensive review of Simpson’s 312-page Aug. 22 interview transcript shows that his strongest evidence for believing the dossier’s accuracy is that he trusts Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled the 35-page document. [Emphasis Added]

Wait what? But Russia!! Trump!! Collusion!! Right? Yeah, that narrative is getting blown out of the water BIGLY.

Glenn R. Simpson, former Wall Street Journal journalist and co-founder of the research firm Fusion GPS, during his arrival for a scheduled appearance before a closed House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

While the media is still trying to find that one comma or period showing that Trump really did collude with Russia; others more clear-headed and objective are finding that this transcript release is damaging to Feinstein, to the investigation itself, and to what little credibility Glenn Simpson and Fusion GPS may have left.

Then there’s this tidbit.

Wow, that’s quite an omission! One of many that can be found throughout the transcript. Meanwhile, The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway has a definitive breakdown of Simpson’s testimony. Some of the key takeaways that she found include the following:

  1. There wasn’t an actual live person acting as a confidential information inside the Trump campaign
  2. Steele, the dossier author, had a working relationship with the FBI at the time
  3. Simpson mislead about his ties to Democrats and DNC, plus claimed he actually didn’t know anyone at Trump Tower
  4. Fusion GPS never and I mean NEVER verified the veracity of any of the claims in Steele’s dossier

So why in the world did Feinstein release Simpson’s testimony? He had already, via an op-ed in the NY Times, had pushed to keep all his records under wraps in perpetuity and slammed Republicans for the investigation. He’d also refused to testify in an open hearing, thus the closed door session on Nov 14, 2017. Yet now that the testimony is released, he goes public and THANKS Diane Feinstein??!!

In a statement, Fusion GPS said it “commends Sen. Feinstein for her courage. The transcript of Glenn Simpson’s lengthy responses to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s questioning speaks for itself.”

How weird is that? What game is he playing now? Keep in mind that Feinstein herself subpoenaed Simpson last year due to his lack of cooperation. But for many in the media, that no longer matters. What matters is that she deserves kudos for her bravery.

Oh good grief. Get a grip Larry!

Keep in mind a few other things regarding Simpson and Fusion GPS. As NRO’s Andrew McCarthy writes here and here:

  • Dossier author Christopher Steele’s criminal referral for investigation is very important and must continue to move forward
  • The Obama administration shared Steele’s dossier information, which was paid for by the Clinton campaign and the DNC, with Congress and the FISA court even though the claims in the dossier were unverified. 

So again, what was Diane Feinstein thinking? Supposedly she wanted the public to have the truth. But folks, the investigation into the dossier and Fusion GPS is still in place! Why would she spike the ball like that?

Glenn Simpson’s testimony is damaging to his credibility, and to what little if any truth might have been contained in that dossier. Yet, he thanks Feinstein for the transcript release? There’s something very strange happening behind the scenes with all of this, and it smells worse than the D.C. swamp.

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  • Darleen Click says:

    So again, what was Diane Feinstein thinking?

    To undercut the investigation … future witnesses can now tailor any testimony with this transcript to avoid discrepancies.

    Feinstein should be sanctioned.

    • Nina says:

      Well…she definitely undercut the investigation and made herself look foolish in the bargain.

    • Mike says:

      Agreed. Not too sure though how you are sure that Papdopolis was not a plant inside Trump campaign. It is not unusual to arrest an informant after an investigation.

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