New reports have come out saying that Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson’s testimony shows him regretting that he was not able to talk the The New York Times into running a Trump-Russia conspiracy story days before the Nov. 8, 2016, presidential election.
A new report from The Washington Times reveals that “Fusion had lobbied the New York Times by having dossier author and British ex-spy Christopher Steele personally brief its reporter and other selected media outlets during two sessions.”
Steele claimed to the NY Times that there was an “extensive” conspiracy between the Donald Trump campaign and the Kremlin to hack Democratic Party computers whose emails were stolen by Russia and released by WikiLeaks.
To Simpson’s dismay, the Times went ahead and reported a story that went against his narrative on Oct. 31, just one week prior to the election.
Disclosing that the FBI was conducting a counterintelligence investigation into any elicit Russia-Trump ties, The New York Times story summed up its findings:
“Law enforcement officials say that none of the investigations so far have found any conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government. And even the hacking into Democratic emails, FBI and intelligence officials now believe, was aimed at disrupting the presidential election rather than electing Mr. Trump.”
The story brought on heartburn in the house of Fusion, according to testimony from Mr. Simpson to the staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee last August. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, released a redacted transcript of his testimony Jan. 9.