Eisinger, ProPublica, and Andrea Bernstein, WNYC
(NEW YORK, N.Y.) – After special counsel Robert Mueller
indicted 13 Russians for an intensive, elaborate effort to interfere
with the 2016 elections, President Donald Trump reacted as he has
before — with bluster and bellicosity, at everyone
This week on “Trump, Inc.,” we’re exploring the
president’s, well, persistent weirdness around Russia: Why has
Trump been so
quiet about Russia and its interference?
Glenn Simpson has a theory — that one cannot understand the
Russian collusion scandal without understanding Trump’s
Simpson is the head of Fusion GPS, the investigative firm
the now-famous Trump dossier. Before that, he was a Wall Street
Journal reporter who specialized in the nexus of money, politics and
international skullduggery. Simpson was hired, first by conservatives
and then by Democrats, to dig into Trump’s business record.
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Simpson has been pilloried on the right as a tool of the
campaign — or worse. He’s been sued multiple times. But
amid all the charges, few have followed the details of what Simpson
concluded: After a string of Trump failures, disappointments and
bankruptcies, Western financiers shut him off. Trump still needed
money to fund his projects. Where did he get it? Simpson came to
believe it came from Russia and Russian-connected sources. It came
via golf courses, condos and other conduits.
The eventual result, Simpson suggests, is that Trump ended up
beholden to those providing his businesses with “alternative
One note: The Trump Organization and White House declined to
answer our questions for the podcast.
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