Tag: Glenn Simpson

Glenn Simpson Plead the Fifth To Cover Up These Lies

Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson plead the fifth amendment before the House of Representatives this week, and if he knew what was good for him, he would’ve pleaded the fifth when he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last year too.

Last week we argued that Simpson lied to the Senate when he answered questions about a conspiracy surrounding the Russian “Alfa Bank” and their alleged connection to Donald Trump. The conspiracy was that Trump communicated with Alfa Bank from a server in Trump Tower. In reality, that server was sending out spam/promotional emails for Trump-branded hotels, some of which were sent to Alfa Bank employees who’ve previously stayed at Trump owned hotels.

Simpson told senators he didn’t know whether there was any dedicated Trump-Alfa server and drew no conclusions, according to the transcript of his August 2017 closed-door testimony. However, notes from Bruce Ohr show that Simpson promoted the Alfa Bank conspiracy to him in December 2016.

I suppose we can’t blame Simpson for pleading the fifth. If any of us lied under oath as often as him, we’d probably do the same.

That’s hardly the only lie, inconsistency, or eyebrow-raising comment from Simpson’s Senate testimony. If he were to testify again, there’s plenty for Congress to pick apart, hence why he’s so reluctant to do so. Here are three more.

  1. George Papadopoulos and the FBI’s Counterintelligence Investigation

During his testimony, Simpson was well aware of the narrative that it was George Papadopoulos who sparked the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign.

Simpson said at one point during his testimony that “One of those pieces of intelligence was a human source from inside the Trump organization.” What did he mean by that?  According to NBC News, “ two sources close to Fusion GPS told NBC News that Simpson’s testimony inaccurately conflated what he had been told and that the human source was actually George Papadopoulos.”

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There’s just one problem: that narrative wasn’t established until the New York Times published an article titled “How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt” in December 2017, months after Simpson’s testimony.

How could he have possibly known? Simpson must’ve realized revealing his statement was, as he later tried to retract the claim right after the Times article naming Papadopoulos went public. I suppose we can tally that retraction onto his list of lies too.

Even if this wasn’t a reference to Papadopoulos, there was indeed a spy within the Trump campaign named Stefan Halper (and again, questions arise as to how Simpson knew).

  1. The Trump Tower Setup

We’ve long maintained that the meeting between Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and Donald Trump Jr. in Trump Tower was a setup – that it was a façade meant to create an illusion of Russian collusion to the public when there was one.

The smoking gun is that Veselnitskaya met with Simpson the day of, and the day after the Trump Tower meeting. Put in other words; Veselnitskaya, a Russian, met with the man who was working to “prove” Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, before meeting with a member of the Trump campaign.

Seem suspicious? Simpson attempted to explain away those meetings by telling the Senate  “To be clear, I didn’t know about this meeting [Trump Tower] before it happened, and I didn’t know about it after it happened. And I found out about it, I think, you know, within a day of it being disclosed in the New York Times. Someone called me and said you heard about this meeting? And I said no. So anyway, that was the first I had heard about it.

Meeting the GOP’s presidential nominee tends to be something that would come up in conversation, don’t you think? For obvious reasons Simpson’s claim that the two didn’t discuss the meeting that was about to commence, and then had just occurred, is unbelievable.

  1. Fusion’s Research Continued – But Not According to Simpson

Simpson was asked during his Senate appearance, “So you didn’t do any work on the Trump matter after the election date; that was the end of your work?” Simson replied “I had no client after the election.”

That was a lie. A group of wealthy donors from New York and California spent $50 million after the election to continue the “research” into the bogus Russian collusion narrative. Among the recipients to continue the research were Chris Steele, the “Penn Quarter Group,” and of course, Glenn Simpson’s Fusion GPS.

Chuck Grassley publicly accused Simpson of lying on this point, stating that his statements were made in  “contexts where material lies are criminal.”

I suppose we can’t blame Simpson for pleading the fifth. If any of us lied under oath as often as he, we’d probably do the same.

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New Evidence Suggests Fusion GPS Founder Glenn Simpson Lied to Congress

What exactly was it that sparked the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign to investigate potential collusion with Russia?

In December of 2017, the New York Times told us that it was interactions involving former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos that sparked their investigation – which is in direct contradiction to statements made by former CIA Director John Brennan, who claims that it was he who did so by relaying British intelligence to the FBI. “I was aware,” Brennan said in May, “of intelligence and information about contacts between Russian officials and U.S. persons that raised concerns in my mind about whether or not those individuals were cooperating with the Russians, either in a witting or unwitting fashion, and it served as the basis for the FBI investigation to determine whether such collusion—cooperation occurred.”

The “finding” was based on DNS logs – and spread by Hillary Clinton herself

The fact that there are conflicting narratives as to how the FBI’s investigation started proves that launching an investigation which could derail the Trump campaign was priority #1 – while coming up with a specific reason to justify it was secondary. All they were certain of (or at least pretended to be certain of) was that Trump colluded with the Russians.

And it didn’t matter how they “proved” it, especially to Fusion GPS, which was feeding the FBI their bogus opposition research. We’re now learning just now of how one popular bogus conspiracy theory before the election, which alleged Donald Trump maintained a computer server in Trump Tower during the campaign which allowed him to communicate directly with Russia, was pushed by Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson (who later denied doing so). Slate Magazine published the “bombshell” story alleging that a server in Trump Tower was communicating with Alfa Bank, Russia’s largest bank. The “finding” was based on DNS logs – and spread by Hillary Clinton herself.

The left-wing publication The Intercept later debunked the story, pointing out that Trump Tower’s server was sending promotional emails promoting Trump hotels, not secret messages to Russia. In reality, among those thousands of people receiving emails included Alfa Bank employees who’ve stayed at Trump properties.

The truth of the matter didn’t stop Glenn Simpson, however. According to notes written by Bruce Ohr obtained by the Washington Times, Simpson actively pushed the discredited conspiracy theory in an effort to have the Justice Department investigate. The fact that Simpson would lie for political purposes isn’t the story here – it’s that he lied to Congress about it. To summarize the key parts of the Times’ report:

  • Simpson told senators he didn’t know whether there was any dedicated Trump-Alfa server and drew no conclusions, according to a transcript of his August 2017 closed-door testimony.
  • Simpson continued to push the theory even after it was discredited. In December 2016, Ohr met with  He made note of Simpson, saying: “The New York Times story on Oct. 31 downplaying the connection between Alfa servers and the Trump campaign was incorrect. There was communication and it wasn’t spam.” If Ohr’s note taking is correct, Simpson was clearly pushing the Alfa narrative.
  • When questioned during his Senate testimony by Heather Sawyer, Sawyer asked “Do you have any information there have been reports about potential communications between a server at Alfa Bank and potentially servers that belong to the Trump organization or Trump — some entity associated with Donald Trump? Do you have any information about those particular reports?” Simpson responded: “That’s kind of an open-ended question. I think what I said is we were asked about that and it wasn’t — that information wasn’t generated by us and I’m happy to say it’s beyond our competence to have generated, but in the course of being asked about it, you know, people gave us information. I don’t know what else to say.”
  • In Ohr’s notes, Simpson is quoted on another occasion as referencing an “Alfa server in US as link to campaign.”

It’s either Simpson lying, or Bruce Ohr. Of course, since Ohr never expected his notes to be read, it’s probably Simpson lying.

Chuck Grassley already caught Simpson in one lie, when Simpson told his committee that he had no anti-Trump clients. Still no word on how Simpson, the man funded by the Clinton Campaign to produce opposition research on Trump, managed to say that with a straight face.

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