Oct 14, 2019

Fusion GPS founders to publish book on Trump's relationship with Russia

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The co-founders of Fusion GPS, the political research firm behind the infamous "Steele Dossier," are coming out with a book about President Trump's alleged ties to Russia in November.

Background: The book, titled "Crime in Progress: The Secret History of the Trump-Russia Investigation," is written by former journalists Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, who commissioned former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele in 2015 to conduct opposition research for the conservative Washington Free Beacon. Steele's work was later funded by the Democratic National Committee and Simpson himself after November 2016.

Penguin Random House, which is publishing the book on Nov. 26, is calling it "An 'All the President's Men' for the Trump era."

  • It's the "never-before-told inside story" of the famous dossier, which alleged that Moscow had compromising information on Trump and that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election.
  • The book will highlight the co-founders' "efforts to warn both the American and British governments, the FBI and the media, to little avail."

The big picture: Former special counsel Robert Mueller discovered more than 100 contacts between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials and brought dozens of indictments for various crimes. Ultimately, however, Mueller did not find sufficient evidence to establish a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to interfere in the election.

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Investigation into Trump-Russia probe continues to grow

Attorney General Bill Barr on Oct. 3. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

A federal investigation closely supervised by Attorney General William Barr — which aims to inspect origins of the Trump-Russia probe — has interviewed "about two dozen and current F.B.I. officials," the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The investigation, which is essentially looking into claims that the FBI's probe into President Trump's 2016 campaign was influenced by anti-Trump sentiments, is further along than previously reported.

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White House condemns bill requiring campaigns to report foreign interference

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The White House released a statement Wednesday suggesting it would veto the SHIELD Act (Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy) passed by the House, which would require federal campaigns to report foreign election influence.

The big picture: The White House argues that the SHIELD Act would "result in significant over reporting to the FBI and FEC, leading to fruitless inquiries and wasted time and resources." It acknowledged the importance of limiting foreign election interference, but argued that the bill would "produce harmful unintended consequences without achieving that goal."

Go deeperArrowOct 23, 2019

New Mueller documents link Russia probe and impeachment inquiry

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Newly released documents from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation link the Russia probe and the current impeachment inquiry into the president, the Washington Post reports.

What's new: Digital news platform BuzzFeed successfully sued for the documents. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort suggested in 2016 that Ukraine could have been responsible for hacking the Democratic National Committee instead of Russia, the newly released internal memos show.

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