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Fusion GPS founder bluntly destroys GOP myth the Steele report was part of a Democratic plot against Trump

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Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Fusion GPS co-founders Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch swiftly put to rest the Republican myth that the notorious “Steele dossier” was initiated by Democrats to destroy President Donald Trump.

Speaking with Morning Joe co-host Willie Geist and MSNBC regular Ken Dilanian, they got right to the point while promoting their book, “Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump.”

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“Glenn, Fusion GPS, the Steele dossier have become these buzz terms for the last three or four years,” Geist began. “We heard them come up in the impeachment hearing in the open hearings. I want to go back to the beginning of who hired you during the campaign to look into then-candidate Donald Trump in 2015?”

“Right,” Simpson swiftly replied. “Originally we were retained by a conservative newspaper during the Republican primaries. and it was an intra-Republican competition.”

“We worked for about seven months looking into Donald Trump during the Republican primaries and that’s important to remember and is detailed in length in the book because the Republican talking points now is that this is some kind of Democratic hoax or conspiracy,” he continued. “That doesn’t make logical sense because the Republicans paid for half of the investigation.”

“So we’re talking about September of 2015, the Washington Free Beacon conservative outlet comes to you at the time, like many Republicans opposed to Donald Trump and was looking for dirt,” Geist prompted. “When did they stop their association with you and who picked it up from there?”

“First of all, let’s correct this a little bit,” Simpson replied. “We weren’t looking for dirt so much as an understanding of who this individual was, his business record, you know. This is the first time a real estate executive has run for president.”

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“And, you know,” he continued, “We actually amassed a lot of evidence of a — I would call it sort of an ecosystem of compromise around Donald Trump and people affiliated with the former Soviet Union. People like Felix Sater who was a convicted criminal and once stabbed someone in the face with a margarita glass, and went to prison for it.”

“Then we saw a poker ring being run by the Russian mob out of Trump Tower, you know, which hosted the likes of famous people,” he continued. “When you stack a lot of that up, we got to the point where we felt like we needed to know a little bit more because public records laws aren’t so great in Russia.”

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The NYPD said Kawaski Trawick’s killing ‘appears to be justified’ — but revealed video shows officers escalated the situation

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Kawaski Trawick was shot and killed in his Bronx apartment by a New York Police Department officer on April 14, 2019. The NYPD said Trawick had charged at officers with a knife. Video of the shooting shows the officers had escalated the situation — and that one officer then shot Trawick over his more-experienced partner’s objections.

While the NYPD has never released video of the shooting, the Bronx District Attorney’s Office released footage of it last month, along with a detailed report. ProPublica separately obtained parts of the videos.

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The View’s Ana Navarro drops the hammer on election challenge: ‘One more Trump fraud’

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"The View" co-host Ana Navarro called out President Donald Trump's efforts to undermine U.S. democracy as just another "grift."

The president's efforts to overturn his election loss to Joe Biden have set Republicans against each other in Georgia, where both Senate seats -- and the GOP majority -- remain up for grabs in a Jan. 5 runoff.

"When your enemy is shooting themselves, don't get in the way," Navarro said. "Look, if I were [Sen. Kelly] Loeffler or [Sen. David] Perdue, frankly, I would draw the curtains, bolt the doors, shut off the lights and ask somebody to wake me up when he's gone."

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‘People are dying’: Reporter backs Trump advisor Larry Kudlow into a corner on president’s gross negligence

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Tensions ran high at an outdoor press conference Friday when a reporter asked White House advisor Larry Kudlow, "Where is the President?" and he replied, "I don't understand."

The reporter said, "2,000 people a day are dying of COVID. Where is the President's leadership?"

CBS News White House correspondent Paula Reid reported from Washington, D.C. Friday and shared the tweet below. The responses flowed in from there.

https://twitter.com/PaulaReidCBS/status/1334889853276856322

https://twitter.com/CBSThisMorning/status/1334833494762147840?s=20

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