The House Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to release the transcript of its November meeting with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, the man who commissioned the infamous Trump dossier.
Simpson was first interviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee in August and that transcript was released individually by Sen. Dianne Feinstein. But the new transcript reveals even more about the dossier, the most salacious portions of which still remain unverified.
VICE News compiled the top claims from Simpson’s testimony.
Simpson says he found “patterns buying and selling that we thought were suggestive of money laundering,” related to Trump. “Generally speaking, the patterns of activity that we thought might be suggestive of money laundering were, you know, fast turnover deals and deals where there seemed to have been efforts to disguise the identity of the buyer.”
A Russian gangster named Taiwanchik ran a high stakes gambling ring out of Trump Tower, according to Simpson. Taiwanchik was a fugitive known for rigging the Salt Lake Olympics’ figure skating competition. “And when Mr. Trump went to the Miss Universe pageant in 2013, Taiwanchik was there in the VIP section with Mr. Trump and lots of other Kremlin biggies. So that kind of thing raised questions with us,” Simpson said.
Russians “infiltrated” the National Rifle Association and other conservative groups, Simpson said. “It appears the Russians, you know, infiltrated the NRA And there is more than one explanation for why,” Simpson told the committee. “But I would say broadly speaking, it appears that the Russian operation was designed to infiltrate conservative organizations. And they targeted various conservative organizations, religious and otherwise, and they seem to have made a very concerted effort to get in with the NRA.”
Simpson testified he didn’t tell former British spy Christopher Steele what to look for beyond broadly investigating Trump’s business dealings in Russia. Steele’s research resulted in information so serious he decided to contact the FBI, according to Simpson.
“What I will say is I was quite shocked by what he came back with,” Simpson said. “You know, we threw a line in the water and Moby Dick came back, and we didn't know what to do with it at first.”
Simpson also declined to say if any allegations, including the “pee tape,” were incorrect
Simpson was asked by Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina if there “was there anything not included in your report that you concluded was wrong? In other words, I think my primary question was, is there anything that Steele, his sources or subsources told you that you didn't include because you immediately found it to be incredible? And I think your answer was no.”
He had a simple response: “That is correct. My answer to that is no.”