Last night on TRMS, Rachel Maddow highlighted a very interesting piece of the recently released Fusion GPS transcript.
Maddow notes, on page 138, the following exchange between Chief Oversight Counsel Heather Sawyer, and Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson:
Q. I’m going to return you back to discussing the work at Fusion that Christopher Steele had done during the Presidential election of 2016. It has been widely reported and Mr. Steele has acknowledged that he created 16 memos before the election between the time period of June of 2016 and October of 2016. Is that accurate?
A. To the best of my knowledge, that’s accurate.
Q. And then he also has acknowledged — Mr. Steele also has acknowledged and it’s been reported that there was one additional memo that came after the election in December of 2016. Is that also accurate?
A. I think what he has said is that — yeah, that’s basically accurate. What he said was that the series of memos that were published by BuzzFeed, that’s the package that you’re talking about. (Exhibit 3 was marked for identification.
Q. And so I’m going to show you what we will just mark as Exhibit 3 for identification purposes. So Exhibit 3 that I’ve just given you is a document that was produced to the committee by your lawyers, and they had explained to us that this was a document originally posted by BuzzFeed in January of 2017 and it has Bates numbers down in the right-hand corner. The first one is CLMS-JC-00041391 and then the last one is number 41425. If you could just take a look at that. Is that what we were just discussing as the series of memos posted by BuzzFeed and created by Mr. Steele?
A. Yes, it is.
Q. Can you explain for us just what — does this represent the 16 memos that would have occurred between June and October of 2016 that Mr. Steele created?
A. These are the memos that he created under the engagement and then this extra one that is appended. I never actually numbered — totaled them up, but these are the ones I’m familiar with.
Q. And does this represent the entire universe of memos that Mr. Steele created as part of this particular engagement for you?
A. To the best of the my knowledge as part of this engagement, this is it.
Maddow than proceeds to link this line of questioning to a New York Times report that was released this week.
Maddow: If you look, and I’m not kidding, 26 paragraphs down, in their profile of Glenn Simpson from earlier this week, you will notice this intriguing little nugget.
Quote: “But the work has not stopped. Fusion continues to look into ties between Mr. Trump and Russia, according to several people briefed on the research. Mr. Simpson’s specific areas of focus, and information about any current benefactors, are closely guarded.”
It stands to reason, then, that Fusion GPS is still not finished with their Trump/Russia investigation, and that they have another donor funding their investigation. Things just got a hell of a lot more interesting.