Glenn R. Simpson
Glenn R. Simpson
|Born||1964/1965 (age 57–58)|
|Education||George Washington University (BA)|
|Occupation||Journalist and author|
|Known for||Co-founder, Fusion GPS|
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. He was also a senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center.
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. A New York Times book review called the book's approach "fiercely bipartisan".
Trump opposition research
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.
In April 2016, the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign's law firm, Perkins Coie, retained Simpson's company Fusion GPS. 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". After November 2016, funding from the Democratic Party ceased, and Simpson reportedly spent his own money to fund further work on the dossier.
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.
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. The transcript was unilaterally released by Senator Dianne Feinstein on January 9, 2018.
|Booknotes interview with Simpson on Dirty Little Secrets, June 30, 1996, C-SPAN|
|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.
- "Fusion GPS founder returns to the spotlight for Russia enquires". independent.co.uk. January 11, 2018. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
- Flegenheimer, Matt (March 31, 2018). "Fusion GPS Founder Hauled From the Shadows for the Russia Election Investigation". Retrieved March 31, 2018 – via NYTimes.com.
- 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.
- 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.
- Larry Sabato (June 29, 1996). "Dirty Little Secrets". NPR (radio program). Retrieved January 29, 2017.
- Mitchell, Greg (June 16, 1996). "Politics Most Foul". The New York Times (book review). Retrieved January 17, 2017.
- 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.
- 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.
- Kranish, Michael (October 27, 2017). "Clinton lawyer kept Russian dossier project closely held". Retrieved November 2, 2017 – via www.WashingtonPost.com.
- Continetti, Matthew; Goldfarb, Michael (October 27, 2017). "Fusion GPS and the Washington Free Beacon". Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
- Raymond, Adam K. "The Making of the Bombshell Trump Dossier Dominating the News". NYMag.com. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- 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.
- Prokupecz, Shimon; Herb, Jeremy (March 30, 2018). "Federal investigators question Ted Malloch in special counsel probe". CNN. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
- 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.
- Cheney, Kyle (January 9, 2018). "Feinstein releases transcript of interview with Fusion GPS co-founder". Politico. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
- Barrett, Devlin; Hamburger, Tom (January 10, 2018). "Feud over Trump dossier intensifies with release of interview transcript". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
- Glenn Simpson (August 22, 2017). "Glenn Simpson's testimony re Trump-Russia dossier" (PDF). Official U.S. Senate website of Senator Dianne Feinstein (redacted transcript). Interviewed by U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
- Appearances on C-SPAN