As Donald Trump’s unlikely campaign for president kicked off in 2015, the owners of a small private investigative firm based in Washington D.C., which specializes in public record research for private clients, decided to poke around. They figured they might be able to interest a Republican client—which they did in the form of The Free Beacon, a conservative news organization funded by New York Republican donor Peter Singer. The former journalists who ran Fusion GPS soon found themselves hip-deep in Trump’s bankruptcies and the thousands of lawsuits in which he (or his company) was either a plaintiff or defendant. They didn’t know they were heading down a trail that would lead to Russian oligarchs, Vladimir Putin, election-interfering cyber-warfare—and would make them some of President Trump’s most reviled enemies. In their new book, “Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump,” Fusion co-founders and former Wall Street Journal reporters Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch describe how their original investigation into Trump led to Moscow and back out with, among other things, a notorious account alleging the existence of a Russian blackmail “kompromat” video involving Trump. They also write that the Steele dossier “didn’t purport… Read full this story
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