FBI failed to check on bizarre Fusion GPS claim that would have tanked Steele’s credibility

FBI failed to check on bizarre Fusion GPS claim that would have tanked Steele’s credibility
Christopher Steele. (Image: Screen grab of CBS video)

[Ed. – A little convoluted to follow here, but basically, Glenn Simpson passed on (to the FBI) a tip that Rick Wilson had insider dirt on Trump campaign ties to Russia. Wilson, a top-branded NeverTrumper from the get-go, was laughably, thigh-slappingly NOT a member of the Trump campaign. The FBI never followed up on this tip, probably because they didn’t want to have to record what it would tell them – about the credibility of the Steele-Fusion nexus.]

Even after the 2016 presidential election, Trump-Russia dossier author Christopher Steele and company kept coming up with allegations that Donald Trump and his campaign had conspired with the Kremlin.

On Dec. 12, 2016, the FBI was informed of a new, specific claim from Glenn Simpson, Steele’s patron at opposition research outfit Fusion GPS — a tip with the whiff of a smoking gun: “A former Trump campaign official, possibly Rick Wilson, was talking about some of the Trump ties to Russia and the Trump Campaign tried to sue him for violating his non-disclosure agreement.”

What a remarkable break for the bureau. If true, a Trump insider, with closely guarded secrets to tell, could have provided agents with firsthand evidence of collusion with Russia. So, did the FBI hurry to chase down the one person most able to verify the claim – Rick Wilson himself, a veteran political strategist and Republican operative?

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It did not.

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