President Trump took to Twitter 18 times on Tuesday about everything from Iran to his big nuclear button. But he’s been totally silent about one thing.
On Tuesday, the founders of research group Fusion GPS published an op-ed in the New York Times demanding the Congressional committees investigating the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia publish their full testimony. Former Wall Street Journal reporters Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, who now run Fusion GPS, accused Republicans on the House and Senate intelligence committees of suppressing explosive information in their testimonies that show what they allege to be clear collusion committed by the Trump campaign.
In the op-ed, the Fusion GPS founders describe how the famous Steele dossier they commissioned on behalf of both the Hillary Clinton campaign and the arch-conservative Washington Free Beacon merely corroborated existing information the FBI already had about Trump concerning his Russian connections, and that the FBI already had a mole inside of the Trump campaign feeding the agency information.
“The intelligence committees have known for months that credible allegations of collusion between the Trump camp and Russia were pouring in from independent sources during the campaign,” wrote Simpson and Fritsch. “Yet lawmakers in the thrall of the president continue to wage a cynical campaign to portray us as the unwitting victims of Kremlin disinformation.”
Both Simpson and Fritsch also described how, in the process of researching, they discovered a series of shady business deals from Manhattan to Florida that had all the markings of Trump laundering dirty Russian money. Fusion GPS also apparently told Congressional investigators about former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort’s multiple ties to Russian oligarchs connected to Vladimir Putin.
However, perhaps the most shocking part of Simpson and Fritsch’s suppressed testimony is about the action taken by MI-6 veteran Christopher Steele — the intelligence operative Fusion GPS hired to write the dossier (emphasis ourS):
Steele’s sources in Russia (who were not paid) reported on an extensive — and now confirmed — effort by the Kremlin to help elect Mr. Trump president. Mr. Steele saw this as a crime in progress and decided he needed to report it to the F.B.I.
The House Intelligence Committee is supposedly preparing to issue two conflicting reports describing its findings — one from Democrats, and one from Republicans. The Senate Intelligence Committee, in the meantime, is investigating 2016 Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein over a 2015 dinner she attended in Moscow hosted by news outlet RT. Both Putin and Michael Flynn were also in attendance at the dinner.
As of this writing, President Trump’s Twitter account has not yet responded to the op-ed by Fusion GPS.
Matthew P. Robbins is a freelance economics contributor covering wages, budgets, and taxes. He lives in Chicago, Illinois with his husband and two cats.