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Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson’s testimony calls into question the motive behind the Russian dossier

January 17, 2018

  Some interesting information is starting to come out from the transcript of Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson’s testimony which was leaked by Dianne Feinstein last week. First we learned that Glenn Simpson testified that they had a source close to Donald Trump who corroborated some of the information in the Russian dossier, but once the testimony was leaked Fusion GPS walked back the claim, saying Glenn Simpson “misrepresented” the facts. In other words, there was no source close to Donald Trump.

  Now we are learning from this story that Glenn Simpson basically admitted that he might have let his bias cloud his thinking. Here is more:

In testimony released publicly last week, Glenn R. Simpson, the co-founder of the controversial opposition research firm Fusion GPS conceded that he opposed Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy and that his negative opinions of the politician may have “entered” into his “thinking.”

Here is part of the testimony in question:

I think it’s safe to say that, you know, at some point probably early in 2016 I had reached a conclusion about Donald Trump as a businessman and his character and I was opposed to Donald Trump.  I’m not going to pretend that that wouldn’t have entered into my thinking.

You know, again, I was a journalist my whole life.  So we were, you know, trained not to take sides and practiced in not taking sides.  So most of what I do as a research person is we try to avoid getting into situations where one’s etiology or political views would cloud your work because it’s a known hazard, but, you know, I reached an opinion about Donald Trump and his suitability to be president of the United States and I was concerned about whether he was the best person for the job.

  So this sounds like he is saying as a journalist he was trained not to take sides and he admits while doing research he tries not to let a person’s political views cloud his work but in this case he might not have lived up to that expectation.

  That statement in and of itself is not damning, however when his bias is combined with the portion of his testimony which led to this statement in the first place it is quite damning indeed:

 “Another thing we say about our work is it’s custom information, it’s a customized product.  You tell us what your problem is and we customize a research solution.”

  If you pay Fusion GPS to help you with a problem the firm will provide you with a solution, and as the Russian dossier has shown us it does not necessarily have to be true. Fusion GPS will give you what you want for a price. If you can get the “solution” you want for a price it certainly seems as if Fusion GPS is just a gun for hire.

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