Fusion GPS, the firm that was paid by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to compile the infamous dossier with alleged connections between Donald Trump and Russia, had a fairly close relationship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Former British spy Christopher Steele brought the dossier to the FBI — which reportedly used it to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on members of the Trump campaign — but he also complained to the FBI about the Clinton email investigation.
Glenn Simpson, co-founder of the firm, admitted that after Steele had presented the FBI with research against Trump, he went back to the FBI complaining about the Clinton investigation, thinking it was politically motivated.
The bombshell came in response to a question from Heather Sawyer, chief oversight counsel for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the senator who released the testimony publicly. “Just to finish up on the interactions with the FBI, do you know where there any additional interactions between Mr. Steele and the FBI?” Sawyer asked.
“There was some sort of interaction, I think it was probably telephonic that occurred after Director Comey sent his letter to Congress reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mails,” Simpson said. “That episode, you know, obviously created some concern that the FBI was intervening in a political campaign in contravention of long-standing Justice Department regulation.”
Intervening in a political campaign? Like giving a dossier of anti-Trump research funded by Clinton’s campaign to the FBI?
Simpson also said that Fusion GPS redirected press questions about whether the FBI was also investigating Trump to the FBI. “We just encouraged them to ask the FBI that question,” he said.
Shortly after this revelation, Simpson also revealed that Steele “severed his relationship with the FBI out of concern that he didn’t know what was happening inside the FBI.” Why did he take this step? Simpson said the former spy was concerned “that the FBI was being manipulated for political ends by the Trump people.”
That would be the same Obama FBI that kept an investigation into the Russian company Rosatom secret — just when Clinton approved a 2010 deal giving them 20 percent of U.S. Uranium. The same FBI that busted a Russian spy ring as it got too close to Hillary Clinton.
This would also be the same FBI whose agent Peter Strzok sent text messages to a fellow FBI employee discussing an “insurance policy” against Trump. The same FBI that agreed to call the Clinton investigation a “matter” at the request of Obama AG Loretta Lynch, and the same FBI whose director, James Comey, drafted the document exonerating Clinton before meeting with her.
Clearly this FBI was being “manipulated for political ends by the Trump people.”
As Peter Schweizer and Jacob McLeod pointed out at Breitbart, Simpson’s testimony also proved that the FBI divulged information about an ongoing investigation to Fusion GPS’s Christopher Steele.
Fusion GPS had a cozy relationship with the FBI. During the 2016 campaign, the firm employed Nellie Ohr, the wife of senior DOJ official Bruce Ohr — as a subcontractor on the Trump project. Bruce Ohr met with Steele during the campaign, and met with Simpson in November 2016 after the election.
It is particularly rich that Simpson and Steele had “concerns” the FBI might be engaging in the election for Trump, given Fusion GPS’s longstanding relationship with Natalia Veselnitskaya. Veselnitskaya hired Fusion GPS to conduct a smear campaign in Putin’s interests, and she is the Russian lawyer notorious for meeting Donald Trump Jr. and then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in June 2016.
Before and after that meeting, Veselnitskaya met with none other than Glenn Simpson — of Fusion GPS. In his testimony, Simpson claimed he had no knowledge of this meeting and that his work for her was unrelated.
Even so, the timing is rather suspect. Fusion GPS began working with the Clinton campaign on the Trump dossier two months before the meeting with Veselnitskaya and the Trump campaign, and the firm had been working with the Russian lawyer for two years before that. Furthermore, it would have been in Clinton’s interest to tie Trump to Russia as firmly as possible, and so it stands to reason Clinton’s campaign may have orchestrated the meeting.
It is likely these revelations are merely the tip of the iceberg in the saga of Clinton corruption with Obama intelligence agencies. Ironically, in releasing the Glenn Simpson testimony, Feinstein may have uncovered even more Clinton corruption.