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Friday, May 31, 2019

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Robert Mueller has advised Americans to go back and actually read his report if we want to understand what happened in 2016. "We chose those words carefully, and the work speaks for itself," he said on Wednesday morning, speaking publicly for the first time since his appointment. But the words of the report are damning.


Unless Steele used Obama's time machine, he was not a part of the Fusion GPS investigation when it was funded by the GOP. Hence the statement 'Steele was hired initially by a GOP donor' is a lie.

Glenn Simpson testified that the reason Fusion GPS decided to hire Steele, however, was because so much about Trump's Russian connections had been turned up during the original GOP sponsored investigation:

Q. And why did you engage Mr. Steele in May or June of 2016?

A. We had done an enormous amount of work on Donald Trump generally at this point in the project and we began to drill down on specific areas. He was not the only subcontractor that we engaged. Other parts of the world required other people. For example, we were interested in the fact that the Trump family was selling merchandise under the Trump brand in the United States that was made in sweat shops in Asia and South America -- or Latin America. So we needed someone else for that. So there were other things. We were not totally focused on Russia at that time, but we were at a point where we were -- you know, we'd done a lot of reading and research and we were drilling down on specific areas. Scotland was another one.

So that's the answer. What happens when you get to this point in an investigation when you've gathered all of the public record information and you've begun to exhaust your open source, you know, resources is that you tend to find specialists who can take you further into a subject and I had known Chris since I left the Wall Street Journal. He was the lead Russianist at MI6 prior to leaving the government and an extremely well-regarded investigator, researcher, and, as I say, we're friends and share interest in Russian kleptocracy and organized crime issues. I would say that's broadly why I asked him to see what he could find out about Donald Trump's business activities in Russia.


So, it is possible that without the original Republican sponsored investigation Steele would have never been hired because the underlying, background investigation wouldn't have been in place when/if Democrats hired Fusion GPS.

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