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por Glenn Simpson (Autor), Peter Fritsch (Autor)

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * "I've read kind of all the books on this subject . . . and this is the one you want to read."--Rachel Maddow Before Ukraine, before impeachment: This is the never-before-told inside story of the high-stakes, four-year-long investigation into Donald Trump's Russia ties--culminating in the Steele dossier, and sparking the Mueller report--from the founders of political opposition research company Fusion GPS. Fusion GPS was founded in 2010 by Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, two former reporters at The Wall Street Journal who decided to abandon the struggling news business and use their reporting skills to conduct open-source investigations for businesses and law firms--and opposition research for political candidates. In the fall of 2015, they were hired to look into the finances of Donald Trump. What began as a march through a mind-boggling trove of lawsuits, bankruptcies, and sketchy overseas projects soon took a darker turn: The deeper Fusion dug, the more it began to notice names that Simpson and Fritsch had come across during their days covering Russian corruption--and the clearer it became that the focus of Fusion's research going forward would be Trump's entanglements with Russia. To help them make sense of what they were seeing, Simpson and Fritsch engaged the services of a former British intelligence agent and Russia expert named Christopher Steele. He would produce a series of memos--which collectively became known as the Steele dossier--that raised deeply alarming questions about the nature of Trump's ties to a hostile foreign power. Those memos made their way to U.S. intelligence agencies, and then to President Barack Obama and President-elect Trump. On January 10, 2017, the Steele dossier broke into public view, and the Trump-Russia story reached escape velocity. At the time, Fusion GPS was just a ten-person consulting firm tucked away above a Starbucks near Dupont Circle, but it would soon be thrust into the center of the biggest news story on the planet--a story that would lead to accusations of witch hunts, a relentless campaign of persecution by congressional Republicans, bizarre conspiracy theories, lawsuits by Russian oligarchs, and the Mueller report. In Crime in Progress, Simpson and Fritsch tell their story for the first time--a tale of the high-stakes pursuit of one of the biggest, most important stories of our time--no matter the costs.… (más)
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Título:Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump
Autores:Glenn Simpson (Autor)
Otros autores:Peter Fritsch (Autor)
Info:Random House (1900), 368 pages
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Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump por Glenn Simpson

Añadido recientemente porAKBouterse, dds1981, Willow90, ejmw, jbsavitz1, rsutto22
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    M_Clark: Mindf*ck tells the Cambridge Analytica story of the 2016 US and Brexit elections. The hate campaign against this author was similar to that experienced by the Fusion GPS team.
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In their book, "Crime in Progress", Fusion GPS co-founders Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch tell the story of their investigation into the business dealings of Donald Trump and his involvement with Russian oligarchs. Fusion GPS was hired to investigate and dig up dirt on Trump by GOP opponents during his 2016 campaign for President. After he captured the GOP nomination, GPS Fusion continued their investigations, now funded by Democratic activists supporting the Clinton campaign. During the investigation, they also reached out to Christopher Steel, a former British Intelligence officer and Russian expert, for further insights. That led to the infamous "Steel Dossier", which identified several shady dealings and how Trump appeared to have been compromised by Russian agents.

The result of their investigation identified troubling facts, including Trump's association with Russia, his many dubious real-estate projects, involvement with Russian oligarchs, and a hypocritical stance on immigration (condemning them publicly but still using illegal immigrants in his businesses to keep costs down). After their research became publicly known, further investigations were called for, resulting in the Mueller Report. That investigation did not conclude that the President committed crimes,; however neither did it exonerate him. The investigators were reportedly not confident of Trump's innocence, but stated that Congress could decide whether Trump obstructed justice and take action accordingly, e.g., impeach him. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
It's no wonder that conspiratorialists and Trump supporters (a redundancy?) have set out to trash this book. It provides a thorough examination of the process and results of investigations over several years by Fusion GPS.

Malcolm Nance, author of The Plot to Betray America, is an intelligence and foreign policy analyst. In a recent interview he described how Putin made millions after the fall of the Soviet Union by aligning himself with those who were selling off state property. He had been a ranking official in the KGB that became the FSB, the new Russian spy service and from there moved into the dictatorship role. Spies are good at getting the goods on people and using that information to their own ends. They look for those who love money and have large egos because they will do anything for money and flatter themselves it's for the best. Guess who fit that bill to a Tee. They soon had all sorts of goods on him.

The Steele Dossier had the details. Fusion GPS was a small research company that specialized in getting the goods on intricate financial transactions. It was founded by Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, two former Wall Street Journal reporters. They had done no political work, but mainstream GOP, worried about the Trump candidacy in 2016, hired them to research into Trump's background. Fusion had begun its own research into Trump at the behest of a Republican client. It found damning open-source evidence: court documents, corporate bankruptcies and ties to organized crime. It turned to Christopher Steele to get intelligence from inside Russia. Many strands pointed there. What Steele might find was uncertain. “We threw a line in the water and Moby-Dick came back,” Simpson writes dryly. Steele, who had worked for MI6, soon to become a household word for the "Dossier" with its salacious details.

Among those they hired was Warren Barrett who had written a detailed book about Trump's early financial dealings.* Their funding originally came from a conservative billionaire. As Trump became more and more acceptable to the GOP, Simpson and Fritsch peddled their research to the Democrats. Almost all of their research was done by examining public documents, especially court cases, depositions, and filings. As Trump gained momentum, the billionaire's support waned and even though Simpson and Fritsch rather despised the Clintons for their ostensible soliciting of funds from countries where Hillary was in a position to make a difference, they agreed to turn over what they had on Trump to the Democrats and continue to do more research, when asked.

The contents of the famous dossier have been related elsewhere and far be it from me to go into the prostitute urinating scene. What is much more interesting is the revelation that the Russians had prevented Trump from appointing Mitt Romney as Secretary of State. That implies a shocking level of foreign influence over Trump, or, that someone is not acting on the level. Steele argued that the Russians never would have revealed the urinating incident because they wanted Clinton to be defeated and therefore would try to suppress negative information about Trump. All they needed was the threat of revelation.

There does seem to be plenty of "evidence" leading one to speculate just how much influence the Trump campaign was seeking from the Russians. Carter Page's Trump that put him on the FBI's radar has never been explained. Surprisingly, Simpson and Fritsch never trusted Steele and never wanted his allegations to be revealed, but they did feel they were important enough to turn over to the authorities. The authors insist they were not the ones who went to the FBI with the dossier; it was Steele himself.

Paul Manafort and his lobbying firm, of which Roger Stone was a partner, had been the subject of attention for several years before Trump sought high office. They specialized in polishing the reputations of dictators, mobsters (particularly Russians who had piles of cash) and strong men.

The research began with a survey of all the legal databases for lawsuits that to which Trump was a party. It was a rich vein, indeed. Most businessmen get sued or sue at one time or another, but Trump brought them to a new level. Rather than a one-page list, his went on for dozens of pages and a pattern soon emerged that showed him involved in hundreds of schemes to bilk investors, suppliers, and customers. Fusion's research process was simplicity itself. They hired researchers to scour public databases for information. What they uncovered about Trump was rampant hypocrisy (he hired hundreds of undocumented workers), numerous bankruptcies and illegal actions, not to mention several mob connections. All of this was made available to anyway interested (and willing to pay).

Paul Manafort and General Flynn had been involved with the Russians and Turks. The Russians had been seeking to annex Ukraine, a worrisome prospect for western European countries who got much of their natural gas from a pipeline traveling through Ukraine. Manafort was indicted under 12 counts of violating FARA, the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a 1938 law intended to prevent Nazi disinformation campaigns in the United States. (Flynn had retroactively registered when it became obvious that he was lobbying for Turkey. Late registrations are common. He resigned following revelations that he and the administration had lied about the conversations he had had with the Russian ambassador. The fact that he was a registered foreign agent also made him subject to FISA investigations. See the Lawfare article cited below for a more detailed explanation.*) Flynn had had conversations and made promises to the Russians before he was appointed as National Security Advisor (that has to be one of the worst nominations ever) and then lied about those conversations not to the FBI but also his boss. The FBI had tapes of Russians discussing how they could best manipulate Manafort and Flynn who seem to have been motivated mostly by money.

The book has many critics who cherry pick assorted charges and speculations. Representative Nunes, of the House Intelligence Committee, flew to Britain to discuss Steele with MI6 and MI5. They refused to meet with him. It was amateur hour at its worst. But the book is not about Steele or the dossier. It's an examination of Fusion GPS, how it worked, and the process it used to collect information for its clients and the failure of the American media to followup on a story that was handed to them.

The book is also a story without an end. A really important book for anyone who wants to know the real story behind the headlines.

*Trump: The Deals and the Downfall by Warren Barrett, 1992.

Interview with the author at Politics and Prose:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Hgw0ZrzsvI&t=14s

Other references

https://www.motherjones.com/2020-elections/2020/07/trump-files-donald-tried-hide...

*FISA v FARA https://www.lawfareblog.com/flynn-fisa-and-fara-foreign-principals-and-agents-fo...

Logan Act: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logan_Act

The now-declassified FBI annex says, referring to Steele: “The most politically sensitive claims by the FBI source alleged a close relationship between the President-elect and the Kremlin. The source claimed that the President-elect and his top campaign advisers knowingly worked with Russian officials to bolster his chances of beating Secretary Clinton; were fully knowledgeable of Russia’s direction of leaked Democratic emails; and were offered financial compensation from Moscow.”
Later, the annex elaborates: “The FBI source claimed that secret meetings between the Kremlin and the President-elect’s team were handled by some of the President-elect’s advisers, at least one of whom was allegedly offered financial remuneration for a policy change lifting sanctions on Russia.” ( )
  ecw0647 | Jan 24, 2021 |
Ultimately, I found this a very frustrating book. The story is one worth telling but the odd third person writing style is off putting to start with and then the airing of the Bill Browder fued muddies the waters. There is much that is really important to say but it comes off as very self-serving for a large part of the middle section. I wanted to like this so much more than I did.
  amyem58 | Nov 13, 2020 |
Written by Fusion GPS founders, Crime in Progress is their story behind the Steele Dossier. GPS was already well into their Trump investigation of his finances and mob dealings within the US from 2015 when hired by a deep pocketed GOP donor during the GOP primaries. As Trump's mob connections moved from the dying Italian Mafia in New York and Florida to the very well funded oligarchs from Russia, Simpson and Fritsch realized their investigations needed to stretch out to Russia and then hired Chris Steele. The early pieces of the Steele Dossier were delivered to their GOP donor who in turn was pushing it on other GOP candidates but to a person decided to not use it. Once Trump won the nomination GPS looked for other interested parties where they found the law firm representing the Clinton campaign. With more money the Steele investigation continued and the rest is history. It is clear from history and this reporting that the GOP focused on shooting the messenger and never dealt with the message. Simpson and Fritsch constrained their investigation to Trump and this is unfortunate because it seems from the side bits of evidence they've provided and the news media has touched on, the infiltration of Russian influence goes much deeper into American politics than just Donald J Trump which probably explains why the GOP was laser focused on discrediting Steele and GPS than dealing with the facts they unearthed. ( )
  rayski | Nov 8, 2020 |
I read true crime books, often where there are brutal murders. I read mysteries and thrillers, often involving horrible serial killers. I read the Mueller Report which scared me to death, mostly because of the facts cited in it that were damning for Trump. I have also read numerous books on the Trump election and presidency written by fans of and those who despise him, so you would think I would not be traumatized by another book in this genre. You would be wrong. I have never been so scared for my country after I read this book. Concerns as listed in this book: "Trump's longtime interactions with the Russian underworld; his reliance on Russian buyers for Trump commercial properties; that fact that a Russian oligarch overpaid by tens of millions of dollars to buy his Palm Beach property on the eve of the housing crisis; the abundant interactions between his campaign and Moscow." The conclusion that "the Trump campaign's conspiring with Russia may not be a crime provable in federal court, but it amounts to one of the most significant betrayals in American history." This book will stick with me for a long time. It is truly one of the scariest books I have ever read. ( )
  Susan.Macura | Apr 9, 2020 |
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * "I've read kind of all the books on this subject . . . and this is the one you want to read."--Rachel Maddow Before Ukraine, before impeachment: This is the never-before-told inside story of the high-stakes, four-year-long investigation into Donald Trump's Russia ties--culminating in the Steele dossier, and sparking the Mueller report--from the founders of political opposition research company Fusion GPS. Fusion GPS was founded in 2010 by Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, two former reporters at The Wall Street Journal who decided to abandon the struggling news business and use their reporting skills to conduct open-source investigations for businesses and law firms--and opposition research for political candidates. In the fall of 2015, they were hired to look into the finances of Donald Trump. What began as a march through a mind-boggling trove of lawsuits, bankruptcies, and sketchy overseas projects soon took a darker turn: The deeper Fusion dug, the more it began to notice names that Simpson and Fritsch had come across during their days covering Russian corruption--and the clearer it became that the focus of Fusion's research going forward would be Trump's entanglements with Russia. To help them make sense of what they were seeing, Simpson and Fritsch engaged the services of a former British intelligence agent and Russia expert named Christopher Steele. He would produce a series of memos--which collectively became known as the Steele dossier--that raised deeply alarming questions about the nature of Trump's ties to a hostile foreign power. Those memos made their way to U.S. intelligence agencies, and then to President Barack Obama and President-elect Trump. On January 10, 2017, the Steele dossier broke into public view, and the Trump-Russia story reached escape velocity. At the time, Fusion GPS was just a ten-person consulting firm tucked away above a Starbucks near Dupont Circle, but it would soon be thrust into the center of the biggest news story on the planet--a story that would lead to accusations of witch hunts, a relentless campaign of persecution by congressional Republicans, bizarre conspiracy theories, lawsuits by Russian oligarchs, and the Mueller report. In Crime in Progress, Simpson and Fritsch tell their story for the first time--a tale of the high-stakes pursuit of one of the biggest, most important stories of our time--no matter the costs.

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