The day before a Russian lawyer offering “dirt” about Hillary Clinton met in June, 2016, with Donald Trump’s son, son-in-law and campaign chairman, she was at a dinner with a Washington consultant who, presumably unbenownst to her, was investigating Trump’s ties to the Kremlin.
Further, consultant Glenn Simpson joined a second dinner attended by the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, on the day after the infamous June 9 Trump Tower meeting, Simpson said in testimony released on Tuesday. Simpson said he didn’t learn for months about her role in the intervening meeting with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort.
The confluence of events Simpson described in more than 10 hours of testimony last August before lawyers for the Senate Judiciary Committee reveals how his firm straddled seemingly competing interests as it played a key, below-the-radar role in the presidential campaign. The firm, Fusion GPS, hired former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele to help it do opposition research on Trump during the 2016 campaign on behalf of Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
According to the McClatchy Washington Bureau, and reported by the Sacramento Bee, the resulting “dossier” of allegations about Trump’s Russia connections has been exposed as fake news manufactured by the Democrats in their desperate attempt to save Hillary Clinton’s campaign