Glenn R. Simpson

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Glenn R. Simpson
Born1964/1965 (age 57–58)[1]
EducationGeorge Washington University (BA)
OccupationJournalist and author
Known forCo-founder, Fusion GPS
SpouseMary Jacoby[2]

Glenn Richard Simpson (born 1964) is an American former journalist who worked for The Wall Street Journal until 2009, and then co-founded the Washington-based research business Fusion GPS.[3] He was also a senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center.[4]

He is the co-author of Dirty Little Secrets: The Persistence of Corruption in American Politics written with political scientist Larry Sabato and published in 1996.[5] A New York Times book review called the book's approach "fiercely bipartisan".[6]

Early life[edit]

Simpson graduated from Conestoga High School in 1982, then went to George Washington University, where his neck was broken in a car crash.[2]


Before Simpson worked for The Wall Street Journal, he was a reporter for Roll Call, where he broke stories on GOPAC, a political action committee headed by House Speaker Newt Gingrich.[6]

Simpson left journalism in part to earn more money. Explaining why he left journalism, he quipped: "We don't use the word 'sold out.' We use the word 'cashed in.'"[7]

Trump opposition research[edit]

From September 2015 to May 2016, Simpson was retained by a conservative newspaper, the Washington Free Beacon, to collect information on many of the Republican presidential candidates, including Donald Trump.[8][9][3][10]

In April 2016, the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign's law firm, Perkins Coie, retained Simpson's company Fusion GPS.[9] From April 2016 into early May, the Washington Free Beacon and the Clinton Campaign/DNC were independently both clients of Fusion GPS. In June 2016, Fusion GPS hired Christopher Steele, a former MI6 agent, to obtain information on Trump. Steele used his "old contacts and farmed out other research to native Russian speakers who made phone calls on his behalf".[11] After November 2016, funding from the Democratic Party ceased, and Simpson reportedly spent his own money to fund further work on the dossier.[12]

Congressional testimony[edit]

In 2017 during Congressional inquiries into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections, Simpson testified before the House Intelligence Committee that Roger Stone, Steve Bannon, and Ted Malloch, a "significant figure" in the Brexit campaign, had ties to each other.[13]

On August 22, 2017, Simpson was questioned for 10 hours by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a closed-door meeting. The Committee did not release a transcript of the hearing. Simpson reportedly did not reveal the identities of his clients.[14] The transcript was unilaterally released by Senator Dianne Feinstein on January 9, 2018.[15][16]


External video
video icon Booknotes interview with Simpson on Dirty Little Secrets, June 30, 1996, C-SPAN
video icon Interview with Simpson on Crime in Progress, December 11, 2019, C-SPAN
  • Glenn Simpson and Larry Sabato, Dirty Little Secrets: The Persistence of Corruption in American Politics, 1996.
  • Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump, 2019.


  1. ^ "Fusion GPS founder returns to the spotlight for Russia enquires". January 11, 2018. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Flegenheimer, Matt (March 31, 2018). "Fusion GPS Founder Hauled From the Shadows for the Russia Election Investigation". Retrieved March 31, 2018 – via
  3. ^ a b Shane, Scott; Confessore, Nicholas; Rosenberg, Matthew (January 11, 2017). "How a Sensational, Unverified Dossier Became a Crisis for Donald Trump". The New York Times. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  4. ^ Simpson, Glenn R. (February 10, 2010). "U.S. Identifies Russian 'Nexus' of Organized Crime". International Assessment and Strategy Center. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  5. ^ Larry Sabato (June 29, 1996). "Dirty Little Secrets". NPR (radio program). Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Mitchell, Greg (June 16, 1996). "Politics Most Foul". The New York Times (book review). Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  7. ^ Gillum, Jack; Boburg, Shawn (December 11, 2017). "'Journalism for rent': Inside the secretive firm behind the Trump dossier". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  8. ^ Vogel, Kenneth P.; Haberman, Maggie (October 27, 2017). "Conservative Website First Funded Anti-Trump Research by Firm That Later Produced Dossier". The New York Times. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  9. ^ a b Kranish, Michael (October 27, 2017). "Clinton lawyer kept Russian dossier project closely held". Retrieved November 2, 2017 – via
  10. ^ Continetti, Matthew; Goldfarb, Michael (October 27, 2017). "Fusion GPS and the Washington Free Beacon". Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  11. ^ Raymond, Adam K. "The Making of the Bombshell Trump Dossier Dominating the News". Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  12. ^ Sampathkumar, Mythili (August 23, 2017). "Trump-Russia dossier sources revealed to the FBI by Christopher Steele". The Independent. Archived from the original on August 29, 2017.
  13. ^ Prokupecz, Shimon; Herb, Jeremy (March 30, 2018). "Federal investigators question Ted Malloch in special counsel probe". CNN. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  14. ^ Dukakis, Ali; Mosk, Matthew (August 22, 2017). "Attorney: Glenn Simpson did not reveal clients for Trump 'dossier' to investigators". ABC News. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  15. ^ Cheney, Kyle (January 9, 2018). "Feinstein releases transcript of interview with Fusion GPS co-founder". Politico. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  16. ^ Barrett, Devlin; Hamburger, Tom (January 10, 2018). "Feud over Trump dossier intensifies with release of interview transcript". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 11, 2018.

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