Dossier Firm Founder Suspected Alleged Trump Org Money Laundering

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes R-Calif. is questioned by reporters on Capitol Hill on the ouster of Michael Flynn President Trump’s national security adviser in Washington Tuesday Feb. 14 2017

Fusion GPS, based in Washington, hired former British spy Christopher Steele to investigate Trump's business dealings with Russian Federation.

Last week Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released a 300-page transcript of Simpson's interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The transcript sheds new light on the work Fusion GPS and ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele did in investigating real estate deals from the Trump Organization and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, connections between the Trump world and Russian oligarchs and the possibility that the Russians had blackmailed Trump, which is what prompted Steele to go to the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the dossier. They get to ask Simpson about what Fusion found in the research.

He said that a lot of his work is to examine public records and to examine whether things make sense and whether they can be justified and explained. The cost of the opposition research was then picked up by the Democratic Party.

Some of the allegations in the memos have been disproven, and Republicans have largely argued that the document is a politically motivated hit job on the president.

"He was running a high-stakes gambling ring out of Trump Tower, while he himself was a fugitive for having rigged the skating competition at the Salt Lake Olympics and a bunch of other sporting events engaged in rigging", Simpson said of Tokhtakhunov.

"I think that the evidence that has developed over the past year, since President Trump took office, is that there is a well-established pattern of surreptitious contacts ... that supports the broad allegation of some sort of an undisclosed political or financial relationship between the Trump Organization and people in Russian Federation".

But there's plenty of fodder for both sides to point to, as the dossier continues to be a focal point in the congressional investigations into Russian Federation.

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"As we pieced together the early years of his biography, it seemed as if during the early part of his career he had connections to a lot of Italian mafia figures, and then gradually during the '90s became associated with Russian mafia figures", Simpson said.

"Thus far, Committee Republicans have refused to look into this key area and we hope the release of this transcript will reinforce the importance of these critical questions to our investigation". "They don't actually make any money", he said.

Simpson said that he felt the research showed a crime could have been occurring.

Trump's trip to Moscow for the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, and a vodka deal he pushed there also jumped out to Simpson in the spring of 2016, he told the committee.

"I think that's an important point", Himes told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

His interview with the House Intelligence Committee covers much of the same ground.

Congressman Adam Schiff asked if he had seen Russian money involved with those and, in reply, Mr Simpson said that while it is not overt, there were certainly odd financial patterns.

At one point during the committee interview, Simpson was asked the central question at the heart of the congressional investigations and that of special counsel Robert Mueller — whether the Trump campaign had coordinated with Russian Federation to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

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