What You Need to Know About Fusion GPS

The holiday season managed to bury some new breakthroughs on the probe of potential collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.

We’ve learned that the initial FBI investigation was instigated after an Australian diplomat informed authorities that Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos  got drunk and gloated that the Russians were offering secret emails about Hillary Clinton — before emails were ever released through Wikileaks. Meanwhile, Trump campaign chair Steve Bannon has claimed that Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russians was “treasonous,” maintaining that Trump Jr. will ”crack like an egg” under questioning.

Now the biggest noise in the Russia investigation is coming from Fusion GPS. So what is it, and how does it relate to the Russian probe? Here’s everything you need to know.

1. What is Fusion GPS?

Fusion GPS is a political consulting and research group specializing in opposition research, or “oppo.” The group’s goal is to uncover information about political opponents of their clients, with the assumption that the research can be used by campaigns to attack their challengers.

Fusion GPS was originally hired by a conservative website to try and find information that could damage then-candidate Donald Trump, potentially ousting him from the GOP primaries.

2. What is the “Steele Dossier?”

The “Steele” refers to Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent, who was hired by Fusion GPS to investigate Trump — especially his ties to Russia, and any evidence that could prove then-candidate Trump might be vulnerable to coercion or blackmail by Russia. The “Steele Dossier” is Steele’s eventual report detailing all of the ways that Trump has interacted with Russians in his business, personal or — allegedly — sexual relationships.

3. So, what does it contain?

Most news outlets will only state that the dossier involves “scandalous” accusations, reminding their audiences that the dossier remains unverified. Buzzfeed published the full dossier, noting that it is unverified and contains several acknowledged errors that have already been proven incorrect.

4. This dossier came out ages ago. Why is Fusion GPS in the news now?

The founders of the firm published a recent op-ed in the New York Times, criticizing the GOP’s handling of a Congressional probe into the interactions between the Trump administration and Russia. They claim that the GOP is trying to discredit their firm and attempting to learn about their other clients to undermine the group’s work while taking the spotlight off of the president.

“In the year since the publication of the so-called Steele dossier — the collection of intelligence reports we commissioned about Donald Trump’s ties to Russia — the president has repeatedly attacked us on Twitter. His allies in Congress have dug through our bank records and sought to tarnish our firm to punish us for highlighting his links to Russia. Conservative news outlets and even our former employer, The Wall Street Journal, have spun a succession of mendacious conspiracy theories about our motives and backers,” the Fusion GPS founders write. “We are happy to correct the record. In fact, we already have.”

5. So what does Fusion GPS know?

The firm claims that Steele’s research, driven by an order to “find out what ties Trump has to Russia,” resulted in the final dossier — and this very serious realization:

Mr. 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.

6. Is it over?

With a GOP-controlled Congress, it’s still unlikely that we will see any active punishment yet.

The House remains wary of any sort of impeachment process, and in the Senate, the head of the judiciary is demanding that Fusion GPS testify publicly, knowing that the firm will refuse because they want to keep their other business information private.

Meanwhile, President Trump continues to grow more dangerous every day — from destroying regulations to threatening nuclear war on Twitter.

Will the GOP ever admit that the Trump presidency was a mistake that needs to be corrected immediately? Fusion GPS is offering Republicans the chance to make a move, but unfortunately, conservatives seem far too in love with their power right now to seize this opportunity.

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45 comments

Marie W
Marie W5 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Peggy B
Peggy B11 months ago

I am glad I don't belong to a political party.

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Shelley w
Shelley w11 months ago

Breaking news that will show the corruption from Democrats, some high level members of the FBI, DOJ and Obama's White house. The government under Obama, used the Dossier which was paid for by the Democratic Party(after the Republican elites couldn't find any dirt on Trump) which had paid Steele to obtain Russian intelligence to influence the election in Hillary's favour.
This opposition research was used to obtain a Fisa warrant to spy on the Trump campaign by the Democrats who were in power. This is what you would expect in a place like Russia or in a third world country. Heads are going to roll and this article is suppressing too many facts to be believable. Keep watching....

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Elaine W
Elaine W11 months ago

Thanks.

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Winn A
Winn A11 months ago

tRUMPie should resign or be impeached.

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Winn A
Winn A11 months ago

He is a cancer on America

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Angela G
Angela G11 months ago

ty

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Joan E
Joan E11 months ago

The reason Feinstein released the dossier on her own is because the Republicans were giving the world a skewed and dishonest view of what was in the dossier. There was no good honest reason to treat the British expert who did the research as if he were a criminal, when in fact he is an honest public servant who warned our country about a real danger to our nation, its officials and the security of our elections. Trump never wants to talk about any of that because he keeps trying to hide his criminal complicity.

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Joan E
Joan E11 months ago

She's my senator as well. I am proud of what she did and look forward to reading this. Heard a lot of the important highlights of it on last night's Rachel Maddow Show, which you can look for on line.

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Richard A
Richard A11 months ago

janis k,.
Here are some links I forgot to include:

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https://www.fool.com/investing/dividends-income/2014/03/09/5-years-since-stocks-crashed-how-has-the-bull-mark.aspx

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