Fusion GPS Founder Hauled From the Shadows for the Russia Election Investigation

Glenn R. Simpson, a founder of the research firm Fusion GPS, in November before a closed hearing on Capitol Hill. He has given at least 20 hours of testimony before three congressional committees. Credit Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press

WASHINGTON  As investigators circle President Trumps administration over ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign, Mr. Simpson, a 53-year-old Wall Street Journal veteran-turned-master of high-dollar research, has arrived at the biggest story of either of his careers, lurching to the center of the Russia-tinged scandal that clouds the presidency. Mr. Trump knows his work intimately. Mr. Simpson is the man behind an explosive dossier  produced at his firm, Fusion GPS, with a former British spy, Christopher Steele outlining possible connections between the president, his associates and Russian officials. For months, Mr. Simpsons name has ricocheted across the halls of Congress and the airwaves of Fox News, becoming shorthand in conservative circles for purported investigatory overreach and counterconspiracies against the White House. Questions about his research have become central to Republican attempts to discredit not just Fusion but the very existence of inquiries into Mr. Trump, including the efforts of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.Republican leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee have asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Mr. Steele, whom Mr. Simpson hired, lied to federal authorities about his contacts with journalists.  Mr. Simpson himself has been hauled before three congressional committees for some 20 hours of questions and answers, placing him among the most significant players in the Trump-Russia affair, if math is the metric. Uncooperative, Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, said of Mr. Simpsons turn before the Judiciary Committee, which he leads. Fusions task has often translated, roughly, to finding unsavory things about unsavory people, at the behest of not-especially-savory clients. The firm often represents corporations, hedge funds or law firms, providing a sort of public-records forensics that resembles journalism. It leans on its understanding of the news media, and its contacts among reporters, to elevate its clients and squeeze their adversaries.

More notable to some lawmakers is Mr. Simpsons connection to two figures with deep bonds to Russian power, who have long fought for a pet Kremlin cause: Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian-American lobbyist, and Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, a lawyer known as a formidable Moscow insider.

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Christopher Steele, a former British spy, was commissioned by Mr. Simpson to produce a dossier of opposition research during Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign. Simpsons Russian source of information was hit with nerve gas and in on life support at a London Hospital. Photo Credit Victoria Jones/Press Association, via Associated Press

The two have worked to turn back the Magnitsky Act, a 2012 American law detested by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, that punishes Russian human rights violators. And together with Mr. Simpson, the trio worked on behalf of a Russian-owned company accused by the United States government of laundering some of the funds stolen in a fraud uncovered by Sergei L. Magnitsky, after whom the act was named. Mr. Simpson had been hired by a law firm, BakerHostetler, representing the company. As part of this work, he compiled damaging allegations against William F. Browder, an American-born financier and Kremlin foe who was the driving force behind the Magnitsky Act. Hes a professional smear campaigner and liar for money, Mr. Browder said of Mr. Simpson. The credibility of anything that he does is in question. The Magnitsky Act was a topic of discussion at an infamous meeting that both Ms. Veselnitskaya and Mr. Akhmetshin attended at Trump Tower in June 2016 with Donald Trump Jr., who had been promised compromising information on Hillary Clinton. Mr. Simpson was in court with Ms. Veselnitskaya hours before the Trump Tower meeting and saw her again shortly after it, his lawyer, Joshua A. Levy, confirmed. But these contacts were related to Mr. Simpsonâs work on the case for BakerHostetler, Mr. Levy said, and Fusion only learned about the Trump Tower meeting in news reports last year.

 Nick Note: The Fusion GPS data, Cambridge Analytical data, Fact Book data and Republican party polling and voter data ALL ended up at the Russian troll farm. Along with the famous Hillary emails. And none know shit about it… YEA RIGHT!!!!  And the Russians bombed the Make America Great blue collar  districts that won Trump the election….. Amazing coincidence… AND every freeging day the President screams from the roof top of the WHITE HOUSE their was NO NO NO NO collusion………