Dossier Firm Founder Suspected Alleged Trump Org Money Laundering

Three congressional investigations are underway into possible collusion between US President Donald Trump's 2016

EVAN VUCCI AP Three congressional investigations are underway into possible collusion between US President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia

Glenn Simpson told the House Intelligence Committee in a private interview in November that after his firm, Fusion GPS, was hired to look into Trump, it enlisted a former British spy "to figure out what Trump's been up to" in Russian Federation "because he's gone over a bunch of times".

Representatives for the Doonbeg golf course declined to respond after the sensational transcript was released.

The release of the 165-page transcript of Simpson's interview, one week after California Democratic Sen Dianne Feinstein unilaterally published her committee's interview, is unlikely to change minds over the partisan fight that's broken out about the dossier and how it was used by the FBI in its investigation of Trump and Russian Federation.

"We saw what Eric Trump said about Russian money being available for the golf course projects making remarks about having unlimited sums available", Simpson testified. In the November testimony, Simpson touched on an array of topics, including Trump's possible dealings with Russian organized crime figures.

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Due to different laws affecting Trump's courses in both Ireland and Scotland, investigators were able to see a bit more of how these courses in particular operate.

"I'd say, in general, we were the architects of the research and we made most of the decisions about what to look for and where to look", he said.

Alan Garten, the Trump Organisation's chief counsel, told financial newswire Reuters that the deals Mr Simpson referenced primarily involve properties to which Mr Trump licensed his name, rather than owning, developing or selling them. What they thought was important, why they believed it was true.

These matters are now under investigation by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general, and possibly special counsel Robert Mueller.

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It first investigated Trump on behalf of the conservative Washington Free Beacon online news site and then for the Democratic National Committee. "But in any event, we did look at some Kushner stuff and specifically focused on the project in Jersey City, I think partly because Trump had a position in that project", Simpson said. Other elements of the dossier have been confirmed and supporters of the document say it broadly describes an observable pattern of contacts between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

During his testimony, Simpson urged the committee to continue its investigation into the president. "But I actually think some of the intermediary entities in a lot of these transactions are going to be where a lot of the information is".

Simpson commissioned former British spy Christopher Steele to look into Trump because the president, he said, allegedly had "gone over [to Russia] a bunch of times, he said some weird things about Putin, but doesn't seem to have gotten any business deals".

He also discussed Steele's decision to go to the Federal Bureau of Investigation with what he had uncovered, an idea Steele initially "raised" Simpson but one Simpson didn't give his approval of, before Steele's first contact with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in July 2016, according to Simpson's account. The client didn't instruct us to do that.

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