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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 d 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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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 d 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.

30 review for Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    This is the best book of the 100 or so I've read this year. It's a well-articulated history of the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Reading this is like being given a summary of Rachel Maddow shows for the last three years. My critical takeaway: Trump is so mobbed up that it's frightening and a national security risk. He and Putin want to remake the world order so that they are the two major geopolitical powers, Putin has restored the territory of the old Soviet Union, and This is the best book of the 100 or so I've read this year. It's a well-articulated history of the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Reading this is like being given a summary of Rachel Maddow shows for the last three years. My critical takeaway: Trump is so mobbed up that it's frightening and a national security risk. He and Putin want to remake the world order so that they are the two major geopolitical powers, Putin has restored the territory of the old Soviet Union, and Trump wants to become the dictator of the states for life, presumably. The House is just now getting into the substantial degree that Republicans have been handmaidens to the Russian mob, which consists largely of oligarchs that have taken over various companies/regions of the old Soviet empire. The chief architects of this in the United States are, besides the president, Mitch McConnell (known thug Oleg Deripaska funded Kentucky's giant new aluminum plant); Devin Nunes, who was elected from a heavily agricultural district in California as a farmer but has since sold all his family's farms and bought two vineyards for which he now pushes favorable legislation; Michael Cohen, now in prison, who created his entire business through mob connections and has since turned on Trump; former Secretary of Defense Michael Flynn, who was the most heavily mobbed up U.S. official and is now awaiting a long prison sentence; Paul Manafort, greatly intrusive in Ukraine and tight with Russia (now in prison); and lesser characters including Roger Stone, Maria Butina, Carter Page, and a cast of dozens. The authors of this book are the cofounders of Fusion, a political research agency with no predispositions for either major party. They commissioned Christopher Steele of Orbis, a roughly equivalent UK organization, to do a major investigation into the 2016 election. The consequent "Steele Dossier" was maligned and ridiculed by Republicans as propaganda, especially over such sensational trivialities as the "Pee Tape," which showed Trump in a Moscow hotel encouraging two prostitutes to give a "golden shower" onto the bed in which the Obamas had once slept. It turns out that, although this book doesn't give significant explication of the incident, Steele claimed that he had seven eyewitnesses to the alleged incident. The vehemence with which the Republicans maligned the "Steele Dossier" was possibly proportionate to the degree of truth it conveyed. This book carefully examines the entire dossier to see what upset the Republicans so. The answers are riveting and premonitory. The best quote in the book is the last paragraph of the book before the Epilogue: "That Trump had not, in fact, been exonerated. That Trump had lied repeatedly. That he had sought the aid of Wikileaks to damage the Clinton campaign. That it was not a 'witch hunt.'" That the Russians had very blatantly interfered in the election." The best summary quote from the Epilogue: "As the Republican Party's base of white voters has shriveled, there has been an increased willingness on the part of its leaders to pursue win-at-all-costs electoral strategies, such as the deliberate disenfranchisement of minorities and covert alliances with foreign regimes similarly fearful of demographic demise." This book is a critical and frightening warning to Americans that if Trump is not impeached and removed before the 2020 presidential election, the entire American experiment may be over and the U.S. Constitution will become a historical artifact. Besides being mandatory reading, this book reads like a spy novel and is hard to put down. I couldn't recommend it more highly to anyone who cares about the future of the United States.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Donald Powell

    This is a well written, gripping and detailed review of Fusion GPS and the work of Christopher Steele on their behalf. I am constantly incredulous about our current politics. I do not understand how or why this entire arena of life has taken such a turn for the worse, almost overnight. This book documents so much of what we have just lived through and the hypocrisy, deceit, manipulation and loss of morality in our United States' governance. This is a very saddening book. It evokes fear and disda This is a well written, gripping and detailed review of Fusion GPS and the work of Christopher Steele on their behalf. I am constantly incredulous about our current politics. I do not understand how or why this entire arena of life has taken such a turn for the worse, almost overnight. This book documents so much of what we have just lived through and the hypocrisy, deceit, manipulation and loss of morality in our United States' governance. This is a very saddening book. It evokes fear and disdain. So many Americans, indeed citizens of many lands, seem so gullible and willing to compromise what is clearly right, as opposed to wrong, in aide of their gullibility. I can only hope, perhaps, it is the ultimate source of a new beginning rather than the beginning of the end of ou experiment in a democratic republic.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Harry Allagree

    First, note that there are co-authors, Glenn Simpson & Peter Fritsch This is, unquestionably, the best explanation I've read on why the United States is in its current situation vis à vis Donald J. Trump & the Russian Federation (Russia). It gives a panoramic view in detailed (though not exhaustive) narrative of the intersection of the two countries & Trump & his cronies, including the GOP Republican Party, from roughtly 2015 (& a little before) down to 2019. This narrative is based mainly on the First, note that there are co-authors, Glenn Simpson & Peter Fritsch This is, unquestionably, the best explanation I've read on why the United States is in its current situation vis à vis Donald J. Trump & the Russian Federation (Russia). It gives a panoramic view in detailed (though not exhaustive) narrative of the intersection of the two countries & Trump & his cronies, including the GOP Republican Party, from roughtly 2015 (& a little before) down to 2019. This narrative is based mainly on the work of their company, Fusion GPS, of which the authors are co-founders; and through one of their collaborators in the UK, Christopher Steele, chronicler of what is now known as the "Steele Dossier". The book sets the record straight, as best as the authors are humanly able, so it is authoritative. There is admirable care taken not to cross boundaries of confidentiality of clients of Fusion GPS, but the authors stretch as far as they legally can to present true facts. The sum total of their work, along with that of others, belies & negates the untruthful, fanciful, twisted & sometimes ridiculous version of Trump's supporters. Although Simpson & Fritsch were experienced journalists before they founded Fusion GPS, the authors' purpose was to contract with carefully vetted clients to produce research reports on information, primarily public records, needed by clients. They were not opposition or intelligence reporters. They favored no one party over another. When news started breaking about Trump's transgressions with the Russians, most people, including the media, misunderstood this. Had the news media gotten it right from the start, their investigations would've led them to expose Trump & his dealing with Russia much earliert. In the end, most of what the authors had learned in their early research came to be verified, sometimes much later, as true & factual. Shamefully, in the meantime, they went through of time of ridicule & harassment from Republican members of Congress & right-wing conservatives, many of whom ended up in the "hot seat" themselves later on! The book emphasizes the extreme ongoing danger of Russia's meddling in our democracy up to the present day. The authors end the book this way: "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. That, at its core, was the warning sounded by Fusion and Steele in 2016, a warning that remains as urgent today as it was then."

  4. 4 out of 5

    George

    In a word, terrifying. Whilst the history of Russian involvement in the Trump campaign and administration is still being written, its become abundantly clear, through his actions and the sheer number of touch points he's had with Russians of dubious background, that there's something unusual here. Simpson does a good job of laying out the chronology in more linear fashion than we have seen in the past, which is important because most of the conspiracy theories involving Fusion GPS have gotten it a In a word, terrifying. Whilst the history of Russian involvement in the Trump campaign and administration is still being written, its become abundantly clear, through his actions and the sheer number of touch points he's had with Russians of dubious background, that there's something unusual here. Simpson does a good job of laying out the chronology in more linear fashion than we have seen in the past, which is important because most of the conspiracy theories involving Fusion GPS have gotten it all wrong, which I suppose is part of their charm. In short, its clear that Trump has lied numerous times about his personal ties to Russian money, if not Russian hackers, and that nothing he says on the subject has any probative value whatsoever. So where does that leave us? Well, we know that Steele, the former MI6 agent who created the "dossier" was a well-regarded agent by both the Brits and the FBI/CIA here, and an expert Russianologist. We also know that most, if not all, of his report has been substantively verified, or not yet verified. Neither the "pee tape" nor the story of Michael Cohen in Prague have yet been verified, but there have been interesting pieces of info around both that are difficult to dismiss. But more to the point, we've seen Trump repeatedly coddle Putin, including at Helsinki, where he stood up and said he didn't "believe" his own intelligence community in front of Putin, as well as pressing for removing sanctions and other results of his bad behavior in Crimea and elsewhere. We know he's lied about his business interests in Russia, as well as his numerous dubious Russian buyers here. And we know he pressured Ukraine to hold a presser to smear Biden with unfounded allegations. In short, the evidence is right in front of us, regardless of whether you believe Fusion GPS or not. The only question is whether you care. And if you don't, then perhaps democracy is not for you.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    If you are going to read ONE book about Trump and how he came to power (and I have read a lot of them!) this is the one to read. At the heart of this account is disinformation. How the Republicans conspired, right in front of our very eyes, to change the narrative about how Trump got elected, his shady parters and friends and how lies continue to support his presidency. The only reason that the book does not earn 5 stars from me, is that the authors are clearly angry (justifiably) and this anger t If you are going to read ONE book about Trump and how he came to power (and I have read a lot of them!) this is the one to read. At the heart of this account is disinformation. How the Republicans conspired, right in front of our very eyes, to change the narrative about how Trump got elected, his shady parters and friends and how lies continue to support his presidency. The only reason that the book does not earn 5 stars from me, is that the authors are clearly angry (justifiably) and this anger taints their narrative.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bettie

    Mueller investigation did not follow the money on Trump: Peter Fritsch and Glenn Simpson, co-founders of Fusion GPS, talk with Rachel Maddow about their new book, Crime in Progress, and investigating Donald Trump's relationship with Russia and the 2016 election. Mueller investigation did not follow the money on Trump: Peter Fritsch and Glenn Simpson, co-founders of Fusion GPS, talk with Rachel Maddow about their new book, Crime in Progress, and investigating Donald Trump's relationship with Russia and the 2016 election.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lis Carey

    In 2010, Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, two former Wall Street Journal reporters, left the news business and founded Fusion GPS, to do research mostly for businesses and law firms, and occasionally opposition research for political campaigns. In 2015, they were hired to do opposition research on Donald Trump. What started as an investigation of Trump's tangled business dealings became ever more intertwined in previous investigations into Russian corruption, as they realized that investigating Tr In 2010, Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, two former Wall Street Journal reporters, left the news business and founded Fusion GPS, to do research mostly for businesses and law firms, and occasionally opposition research for political campaigns. In 2015, they were hired to do opposition research on Donald Trump. What started as an investigation of Trump's tangled business dealings became ever more intertwined in previous investigations into Russian corruption, as they realized that investigating Trump meant investigating his Russian associations and business dealings. It's a fascinating and complicated tale, and it's told very well. It does require attention and patience to absorb the entire complicated story, including the coincidences, conflicts, and the stresses on the Fusion GPS partners, after the Steele dossier is leaked and Fusion GPS becomes the focus of Republican determination to protect Trump. It's detailed, compelling, well written, and then very well read by Mark Deakins. It's essential reading or listening if you want to follow what's going on with the impeachment inquiry, and why it isn't just another political fight. Highly recommended. I borrowed this audiobook via Scribd.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Fay

    Terrifyingly revealing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Erik Graff

    This is an account of some of the investigations concerning Russian attempts to promote their interests at the expense of the Western democracies. The focus is on the United States and the 2016 elections, during which Russian actors demonstrably attempted to help Trump's bid, hinder Clinton's and generally disrupt our domestic politics--an effort which continues at this, the eve of the 2020 elections. Covering events up to October 2019, authors Simpson and Fritsch, founders of Fusion GPS, do not This is an account of some of the investigations concerning Russian attempts to promote their interests at the expense of the Western democracies. The focus is on the United States and the 2016 elections, during which Russian actors demonstrably attempted to help Trump's bid, hinder Clinton's and generally disrupt our domestic politics--an effort which continues at this, the eve of the 2020 elections. Covering events up to October 2019, authors Simpson and Fritsch, founders of Fusion GPS, do not yet conclude that Trump himself conspired with the Russians despite the enormous weight of evidence suggesting such. What is clear is that the Russians saw an opportunity, took it and obtained results welcomed by the Trump team. Readers of this account are advised to check out the film entitled "The Report" (or, with the central term excised, "The Torture Report"), the story of one of the figures who came to be associated with the ongoing investigations.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Patricia L.

    You don't know anything about political corruption until you read this. Keep an open mind. Be prepared to be totally disgusted at politics, Russian election interference, Trump's use of throwaway stooges, and the terrible threat to our constitutional way of life. I pray you'll leave your political party while you read this book and open your eyes to Political Reality 101. Our patriotic citizens need to know how corruption from within and outside is undermining progress and integrity in the United You don't know anything about political corruption until you read this. Keep an open mind. Be prepared to be totally disgusted at politics, Russian election interference, Trump's use of throwaway stooges, and the terrible threat to our constitutional way of life. I pray you'll leave your political party while you read this book and open your eyes to Political Reality 101. Our patriotic citizens need to know how corruption from within and outside is undermining progress and integrity in the United States. Promise your country to keep an open mind. Thank you to all who risked much to inform many.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    Frightening. I am baffled by so many people who deny the truth of Russian interference and the criminal behavior of Trump and his cronies. Very revealing - shows that Republicans care less about our Country than I suspected. They have been covering for Trump long before he was elected.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    The authors Simpson and Fritsch are two former Wall Street Journal reporters who own the Washington-based research firm Fusion GPS. In May of 2016 they hired Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence office, to answer questions about the nature of Trump's relationship with Russia and Putin. The contents of Steele's memoranda, and the fact that Obama and Trump were briefed about them, was leaked to the press in early January 2017 which was shortly before the inauguration. Simpson and Frit The authors Simpson and Fritsch are two former Wall Street Journal reporters who own the Washington-based research firm Fusion GPS. In May of 2016 they hired Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence office, to answer questions about the nature of Trump's relationship with Russia and Putin. The contents of Steele's memoranda, and the fact that Obama and Trump were briefed about them, was leaked to the press in early January 2017 which was shortly before the inauguration. Simpson and Fritsch then realized that, by briefing the president, the intelligence community thought the research was credible. The possible consequences of Trump’s unchecked friendliness toward Putin included the lifting of sanctions on Russia, the weakening or even demise of NATO, the spread of Russian-style corruption and kleptocracy to the West, and, more immediately for Fusion, the threat of retaliation from an incoming regime eager to even the score against its critics and whistleblowers. Fusion GPS was originally hired by Trump's Republican primary opponents in late 2015. Initially Trump was not being investigated for his Russian ties but rather for hypocrisies and lies surrounding his businesses, his wealth (or lack thereof), and his positions on issues. For example, although Trump has backed a xenophobic view on immigration, he has often employed illegal immigrant labor in his businesses and recruited immigrants from abroad. Trump Organization had sponsored at least 1,494 foreign worker visas since 2000. His Palm Beach estate and private club, Mar-a-Lago, was the largest of his properties to import immigrant labor, with at least 872 visas to its name. One of the most interesting elements of this book involves reporting on Trump's connections to organized crime that hasn't gotten much attention, e.g. his connection to Felix Sater, a Russian-born crime figure who had a business card stating he was a “senior advisor to Donald J. Trump.” During the entire span of his career, Donald Trump has done business with at least 25 individuals and companies with documented mob ties, including various powerful Italian and Russian syndicates. Fusion GPS did not approach the Democrats with their research until March of 2016, when it appeared that Trump had secured the Republican nomination. At this point Fusion offered its research to a DNC-connected law firm who agreed to contract its services. Fusion then contracted with Steele independently for an investigation into Trump's Russia connections. Steele was so alarmed by what he had found that he asked for, and was given permission by Fusion, to give his findings to the FBI. Through the next several months, Fusion gave background briefings to news organizations about its research but did not give any of them a copy of the dossier. After the election, Steele gave a copy of the dossier memos to the UK intelligence chief and MI5 arranged for him to also give a copy to Senator John McCain via his aide David Kramer. Despite his promise to give the dossier only to Senator McCain, Kramer later leaked the dossier to the press and it emerged into the public sphere. “The allegations were disturbing, but I had no idea which if any were true,” McCain later wrote. “I could not independently verify any of it, and so I did what any American who cares about our nation’s security should have done. I put the dossier in my office safe, called the office of the director of the FBI, Jim Comey, and asked for a meeting.” McCain’s friend and colleague Lindsey Graham later admitted that he had encouraged McCain to turn the dossier over to the FBI. Months later Graham would feign outrage over the dossier during congressional hearings. This is a well-written, informative, and fascinating account of Fusion's research into Trump's character and background. There are a lot of details about the investigation that make much more sense when put into context as this book does. The Steele dossier will probably go down in history for its significance in the Trump-Russia investigation. One other important takeaway is that the press failed to properly report the Trump-Russia story before the 2016 election despite having it dropped in their laps. As a result, Putin was allowed to put his puppet in the White House. To deny that Russia intervened in the 2016 election with the express purpose of helping Trump win—given all the evidence presented by Mueller and the Intelligence Community—requires a staggering degree of willful blindness. Worse, however, is to support that position with silence. There have been many books written about the Trump-Russia connection and this is one of the better ones. The writing is clean and straightforward resulting in a tight professional narrative. You won't be wasting your time reading this. Highly recommended.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Wendelle

    Sublime, powerful, thrilling, should be in the Western canon, etc... This is the firsthand account of the two co-founders of Fusion GPS, who worked as seasoned journalists before faring into private investigations and who commissioned Christopher Steele of MI6 and Orbis to independently ratify their own discoveries about Trump's connections to organized crime and worrisome connections with Russia. Christopher Steele expanded the intelligence pool on Trump's profile exponentially when he consulted Sublime, powerful, thrilling, should be in the Western canon, etc... This is the firsthand account of the two co-founders of Fusion GPS, who worked as seasoned journalists before faring into private investigations and who commissioned Christopher Steele of MI6 and Orbis to independently ratify their own discoveries about Trump's connections to organized crime and worrisome connections with Russia. Christopher Steele expanded the intelligence pool on Trump's profile exponentially when he consulted his own diplomatic sources-- most of whom were placed into grave jeopardy when his intelligence dossier was exposed untruncated in Buzzfeed. This book is very important because it reveals the methods and decisions the Fusion GPS team took to verify their information, to an understandably inquisitive public who's been relentlessly hounded with seeds of doubt about the quality of their documents. It also reveals the extent of integrity this entire topic required out of the Fusion GPS team and Mr. Steele. Operating only on a relatively shoestring budget, they had to face down hostile Republican subpoenas about their sources, lawsuits from Russian billionaires, podium condemnation from the sitting American president, threats to their lives, threats to the lives of their sources, spooked-out clients and consequentially desiccated rivers of revenue, pundit spins on their compromised motives, unfriendly and unfair editorials from distinguished newspapers, and weirdly enough, vexations from Mr. Bill Browder who is himself in a crusade against Russian corruption and malign influence.... The point is, these guys have definitely stepped up and reported for patriotic duty. The networks of hits they have unraveled about Trump's questionable connections are soberingly concerning.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Andy Norris

    Painful to read this recounting. Painful to live this reality.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Fred Forbes

    I admit it. I loathed the man long before he was elected, just based on his personality and business ethics (or lack thereof). So my bias in this matter is plain. I wanted to read the story of the Steele dossier and how Trump became Putin's lap dog. Even Steele admits that maybe 70% of the material he provided was true given the nature of the research process but that 70% (and it becomes apparent that more and more of it is revealed as true as the evidence comes to light) is pretty damning. I men I admit it. I loathed the man long before he was elected, just based on his personality and business ethics (or lack thereof). So my bias in this matter is plain. I wanted to read the story of the Steele dossier and how Trump became Putin's lap dog. Even Steele admits that maybe 70% of the material he provided was true given the nature of the research process but that 70% (and it becomes apparent that more and more of it is revealed as true as the evidence comes to light) is pretty damning. I mentioned to a Goodreads friend that I was reading this, he an ardent consumer of the right wing Kool-Aid, and he said he would probably not read it since he has checked it out on web and it is all made up fabrications and lies. Well, take a look anyway and see how the sausage of politics is made. See the machinations the right has gone through to attempt to discredit the work. See how the fun folks on capital hill transmit "closed door, non-public, confidential information" from a Senate hearing so that it can be leaked by the House and become the subject of various subpoenas. Find out why, after winning a court battle to obtain the Fusion customer list, the information was never released. (Hint: the original research that Fusion performed was done on behalf of a Republican organization trying to stop Trump's nomination.) Watch how the supposed lies lead to one indictment and conviction after another. So, check some information, from the horses's mouth as it were, in a book that is well written and delivered by experienced journalists. Make up your own mind as to the veracity of the claims Maybe my bias leads to the 5 star rating (like all those 5 star ratings for right wing books that the republican PACs buy up to make it appear they have a best seller), but I have read many political works, both right and left wing, that are nowhere near the quality of this one. Check it out.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Steve Hahn

    Interesting inside perspective but as the book goes on their obvious bias becomes even more evident. One must read this with the overarching reminder that they were paid millions of dollars to find dirt on trump and then push it out to the media. They are not at all forthcoming regarding their interaction with the Clinton campaign through their hired attorneys. It's interesting to learn of the layers of camouflage and cover that is undertaken by these campaigns to deceive the public they are to Interesting inside perspective but as the book goes on their obvious bias becomes even more evident. One must read this with the overarching reminder that they were paid millions of dollars to find dirt on trump and then push it out to the media. They are not at all forthcoming regarding their interaction with the Clinton campaign through their hired attorneys. It's interesting to learn of the layers of camouflage and cover that is undertaken by these campaigns to deceive the public they are to serve. Fusion is a hired gun hell bent on selling to anyone with a political agenda. While this story clearly is intended to paint trump in a bad light it also tells a story of our political system that is very disturbing. That is the extent that supposed high minded politicians and their paid minions will expend massive resources and energy to destroy their enemies. And it's not to advance the lives of the average citizen but to further benefit the wealthy special interests.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Scurr

    Horrible liar. Lies by omission when quick google search would’ve changed the fairytale narrative. Nevertheless it pretty much is required reading ( use library or borrow from friend) with the historical events unfolding

  18. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    A well-written history of Trump’s extensive ties to Russia; a real page-turner.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    The innocence of the endeavors of Fusion GPS: a study in self-serving justifications.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Janine

    I chose this book as part of my 2020 book challenge: read a book about a current political issue. Crime is Progress is about the Steele Dossier and how it came about. Written by the co-founders of the group hired to research Donald Trump (first by a Republican donor and then the attorneys for the Clinton campaign) and who engaged the dossier’s author, the book is a chronology and analysis of events surrounding it. The authors wanted to set the record straight on what they did and experienced in I chose this book as part of my 2020 book challenge: read a book about a current political issue. Crime is Progress is about the Steele Dossier and how it came about. Written by the co-founders of the group hired to research Donald Trump (first by a Republican donor and then the attorneys for the Clinton campaign) and who engaged the dossier’s author, the book is a chronology and analysis of events surrounding it. The authors wanted to set the record straight on what they did and experienced in their investigation so as to dispel a lot of the conspiracy issues that surround the dossier. The book seemed to me to be even handed. It was a factual read - so at times it was dry - but the authors sought to be honest in what they thought and felt in the period covered by the book. There is not a lot of new information in the book if you followed the Russia probe but I did like a tidbit at the end when the authors note that buried deep in the Mueller report Michael Cohen received an email on 10/30/16 from a Russian business man saying the flow of tapes from Russia had been stopped (were there “pee tapes”?). Overall it was a good read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    James Mc Donald

    Astonishing the authors have no clue they admit it's a Con Job in Progress. Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2020 Verified Purchase It would appear some promoting this book claimed to have read other publications referencing the Russian collusion issue. They lied or they are idiots and I'm here to set the story straight. I think these people screwed up big time creating this book and I think those who are promoting it are not too bright. Even so, I'm recommending this publication because I Astonishing the authors have no clue they admit it's a Con Job in Progress. Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2020 Verified Purchase It would appear some promoting this book claimed to have read other publications referencing the Russian collusion issue. They lied or they are idiots and I'm here to set the story straight. I think these people screwed up big time creating this book and I think those who are promoting it are not too bright. Even so, I'm recommending this publication because I think it's really important more Americans actually take the effort to read the detailed effort to cover up a "Crime in Progress". This recommendation does not assume I agree with these people but I think it's important for Americans who are concern about our county and what's happened in Washingtonian DC to take the effort to observe/understand/at least recognize a view point from people you might disagree with. However, my recommendation for more Americans to sit down and read this detailed effort by the authors to "tell you a story...but not the story" (Dan Bongino), requires one to actually open up the book and not only read what the authors have presented, but to actually understand what the authors are telling you. This also includes most of the MSM forgot to tell you about. One example is the written statement by the authors where they write; "There was another, more strategic reason for keeping Grassley at bay for as long as possible—one that had nothing to do with money. If it came out too soon that the dossier had been paid for by the Clinton campaign, that revelation would allow the Republicans to depict Steele’s work as a partisan hit job that had hoodwinked the FBI. And that, in turn, could give Trump the political cover he needed to shut down the FBI investigation." That one is on page 182. There's more and I've been making a running list of all of the specific statements I disagree within the publication all while attempting to fact check the claims by those who have presented a positive review of the book. Don't be played and don't even assume what I have to say is the truth. You need to sit down and take responsibility for yourself to find out for yourself. With that, the other part of my recommendation for all Americans to read this book also requires a few other publications in order to give you a well rounded, detailed justification on why I feel I am a first hand, eye witness to to a coup attempt in my nation and I think these authors are apart of the crime can be validated in the additional publications I have personally read and have publicly posted the details about, referenced in this customer review. Kept in mind I've not finished this book however, I feel my initial observations will be the same after I've finished as it would appear I am reading the same sort of stuff I did when I read Gerald Posner's junk. Also, as an opposing view, I most strongly recommend the publication by Lee Smith, The Plot Against the President most specifically referencing the details on how the MSM was deployed to create a story...and not the story. If you've not read The Mueller report before reading this book, as a reminder what you will find in the Mueller publication: Kindle section 605 reports the investigation did not establish the members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities. Kindle section 637 notes the investigation applied the term, “coordination” in that report did not establish the Trump Campaign coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities. Kindle section 651 again notes the investigation did not find any evidence any U.S. personal conspired or coordinated with the IRA. Kindle section 680 repeats that the investigation did not find any member of the Trump campaign [conspired] or coordinated with the Russian Government in its attempt mess up the 2016 election. Kindle section 783 notes that "...while the investigation identified numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump Campaign, the evidence was not sufficient to support criminal charges. Among other things, the evidence was not sufficient to charge any Campaign official as an unregistered agent of the Russian government or other Russian principal. And our evidence about the June 9, 2016 meeting and WikiLeaks’s releases of hacked materials was not sufficient to charge a criminal campaign-finance violation. Further, the evidence was not sufficient to charge that any member of the Trump Campaign conspired with representatives of the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 election." Kindle section 783 references George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty of lying to investigators “about, inter alia, the nature and timing of his interactions with Joseph Mifsud,…” However, I can point out Judge Moss who rendered the two weeks in jail for Mr. Papadopoulos noted, “I don’t have any reason to believe and I don’t think there’s any reason in the record to conclude that Mr. Papadopoulos had any desire to aid Russia in any way, to do anything that was contrary to the national interest.” Kindle section 797 notes the Mueller investigation did not find that any “official’s efforts to dilute a portion of the Republican Party platform on providing assistance to Ukraine were undertaken at the behest of candidate Trump or Russia. The investigation also pointed out that a meeting between Kislyak and Sessions in September 2016 at Sessions’s Senate office was nothing "more than a passing mention of the presidential campaign.” Kindle section 3996 notes again the Mueller investigation did not find any evidence the “Campaign coordinated or conspired with the Russian government in its election-interference activities." Once again, Kindle section 4161 notes the evidence was not sufficient to charge anyone connected to the Trump Campaign acted as an “agent of a foreign principal within the meaning of FARA or, in terms of Section 951, subject to the direction or control of the government of Russia, or any official thereof” Specifically, the investigation found no “evidence likely to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Campaign officials such as Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulos, and Carter Page acted as agents of the Russian government-or at its direction, control, or request-during the relevant time period." Kindle section 9778 references there was no evidence to show the POTUS was involved in an “underlying crime related to Russian election interference." Finally, Kindle section 10398, notes to vol II: notes “8. presents "As discussed in Volume I, while the investigation identified numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump Campaign, the evidence was not sufficient to charge that any member of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with representatives of the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 election.” Additional publications required to read if you are thinking about reading this one by Glenn Simpson. Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane Investigation: Office of the Inspector General U.S. Department of Justice 09 December 2019 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY of the Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane Investigation: OIG Report 09 Dec. 2019 The FBI Confidential Source Failure: Audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Management of its Confidential Human Source Validation Processes by the Office of the Inspector General The Clinton Email Server Report: Department of State Report on Security Incidents Related to Potentially Classified Emails sent to Former Secretary of State Clinton’s Private Email Server, Oct 2019 Michael Horowitz statement Before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee 11 Dec 2019: Examining the IG Report on Abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act FISA Interview of Peter Strzok: Committee On The Judiciary, U.S. House Of Representatives Interview of Lisa Page: Committee On The Judiciary, U.S. House Of Representatives Interview of Bruce Ohr: Committee On The Judiciary, Joint With The Committee On Government Reform And Oversight Transcripts of the Mueller Hearings: House Committee on the Judiciary & House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Hearings Report on Russian Active Measures: The Declassified Investigation into Russian Interference Paperback – June 11, 2019 A Report of Investigation of Certain Allegations Relating to Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe: February 2018 House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Meeting Transcript (January 29, 2018): Includes BOTH The Nunes and Schiff Memos (Russiagate Transcripts Series Book House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Interview of Glenn Simpson (Russiagate Transcripts Series Book 20171108) DOJ OIG REPORT INTO CLINTON EMAIL INVESTIGATION: DOJ OIG RELEASES REPORT ON VARIOUS ACTIONS BY THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION AND DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IN ADVANCE OF THE 2016 ELECTION I look forward to the comments and I will review your profile before I respond so you might want to review my profile first as to give you an idea I've really, really work hard make sure I am aware.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Fred Klein

    This book helped me understand better than I did before the connections between Trump and the Russians. This should be required reading for Americans.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Lacy

    Simpson and Fritsch have provided an illuminating account of how they and their firm, Fusion GPS came to be engaged by the Hilary Clinton campaign into what was initially some basic political opposition research that would last a month but might extend a second. Using their usual technique of document retrieval Fusion uncovered much more than they expected. Quickly, the project extended beyond two months and sent Fusion contacting Christopher Steele, a former U.K. MI6 spy who now ran his own res Simpson and Fritsch have provided an illuminating account of how they and their firm, Fusion GPS came to be engaged by the Hilary Clinton campaign into what was initially some basic political opposition research that would last a month but might extend a second. Using their usual technique of document retrieval Fusion uncovered much more than they expected. Quickly, the project extended beyond two months and sent Fusion contacting Christopher Steele, a former U.K. MI6 spy who now ran his own research firm, Orbis in London. It wasn’t too long and Steele also uncovered additional information that enhanced and supported Fusion’s work (details Fusion never disclosed to Steele prior to beginning his research). Steele became alarmed about the information he learned, then became highly concerned about maintaining the secrecy of the identity of his sources, fearing their safety and their family if they were outed. As the months progressed guarding the identity of his clients, mindful of recent assassinations by Putin/Russians, using a source they knew in the DOJ, Steele and Fusion turned over incriminating information that substantiated not only election interference by the Russians, but also a number of incidents that pointed to Trump cronies and advisors committing federal crimes. Such information assisted in the Mueller investigation, contributed to indictments of close Trump advisors, even lifetime NRA members, avowed gun enthusiasts, and convicted Russian operative Maria Butina. But with their contributions, Steele and Simpson and Fusion were denigrated by Republicans in Congress, Fox News, and the alt-right media. Fusion/Simpson were sued as was Orbis/Steele for defamation for their reports. None were successful, but legal fees were expensive to defend. Simpson testified in Congress. The Mueller Report was published. People in Trump’s Circle were indicted, pled, were sentenced or went to trial and lost. In November 2018, the Democrats won the House, presenting the opening for Congressional investigations. In 2019, Trump was impeached.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Larry Massaro

    An account of the Trump-Russia case from the perspective of Fusion GPS, the research firm that hired Christopher Steele to snoop into Trump's business dealings in Russia. What came back--known since as the Steel "dossier"--was, of course, explosive. Trump, Fox News, and practically the entire GOP have trashed Fusion and its principals--Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch--along with all the FBI agents who worked on the investigation, calling them traitors, the Deep State, Democratic dirty-tricksters An account of the Trump-Russia case from the perspective of Fusion GPS, the research firm that hired Christopher Steele to snoop into Trump's business dealings in Russia. What came back--known since as the Steel "dossier"--was, of course, explosive. Trump, Fox News, and practically the entire GOP have trashed Fusion and its principals--Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch--along with all the FBI agents who worked on the investigation, calling them traitors, the Deep State, Democratic dirty-tricksters, etc. (Of course, Trump, Fox News, and practically the entire GOP are only projecting.) Most of this story isn't new, though it's helpful to get all the details repeated in a fresh narrative. But there were a few revelations to me, which is surprising, since I'm pretty steeped in all of this. There's a number of remarkable coincidences, as Simpson and Fritsch admit. For example, I didn't know before reading this that Simpson had a meeting in New York with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya the very day of her meeting with Trump Jr., Jared, and Manafort in Trump Tower--the infamous "Russian adoptions" meeting; it appears that Veselnitskaya and Fusion GPS had a mutual client. The chance of this isn't zero, since Fusion had long specialized in research relating to Russian crime figures, but it's still a stunner. Also, I had no idea how aggressively Chuck Grassley, who was then the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, hounded Simpson and actively sought to discredit him and destroy his company and reputation. Grassley has previously seemed to me to be a reasonable, moderate kind of Republican Senator--not rabid, the way Lindsey Graham has become. But no, it appears that in the Age of Trump even previously reasonable people lose their minds. Or, to paraphrase Rick Wilson, everyone Trump bites turns rabid. If you're as obsessed as I am with the corruption with impunity playing right before our eyes, this is worth reading.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    This is the narrative by Fusion GPS founders Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch of the events that led them to investigate Donald Trump prior to the 2016 presidential election, and the subsequent fallout. They were hired to do opposition research, first by the Republican-funded Washington Free-Beacon, and then by a Washington firm associated with the Hillary Clinton campaign. Their discoveries ultimately led to them hiring Christopher Steele, who produced the controversial 'Steele Dossier'. Though m This is the narrative by Fusion GPS founders Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch of the events that led them to investigate Donald Trump prior to the 2016 presidential election, and the subsequent fallout. They were hired to do opposition research, first by the Republican-funded Washington Free-Beacon, and then by a Washington firm associated with the Hillary Clinton campaign. Their discoveries ultimately led to them hiring Christopher Steele, who produced the controversial 'Steele Dossier'. Though much of this has been reported in the news, there were a few items that I had little knowledge about, like the Congressional investigations launched into Fusion by Chuck Grassley of the Senate, and Devin Nunes in the House. There was the tidbit that Fusion was associated with Natalia Veselnitskaya (she of the infamous Trump Tower meeting), through a lawsuit brought by a Russian bank. Evidently that was enough to get the conspiracy theorists to figure that the Trump Tower meeting was a Democrat set-up, enabled by Fusion. And another interesting detail was that Fusion had hired an expert on Russia, Nellie Ohr, to do some research for the project. She was married to Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official, who knew Steele and Simpson, and since there was this connection it must have led to a Deep State sham investigation, blah, blah, blah. Those few details aside, for the most part I found this to be surprisingly dry read. Fusion gets to tell their side, and I'm sympathetic to their work. The subject matter is enormously alarming. But I did not come away feeling that much more educated.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rehmat

    Crime in Progress tells the story of how Trump’s Russia ties came to light – from the perspectives of two investigators who were close to the material from early on.  Fusion GPS was founded by the authors, Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, two former investigative journalists who met while working at the Wall Street Journal. At Fusion, they put their analytical skills to use in unearthing and interpreting complex, publicly available documents – like financial records and court filings – for a rang Crime in Progress tells the story of how Trump’s Russia ties came to light – from the perspectives of two investigators who were close to the material from early on.  Fusion GPS was founded by the authors, Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, two former investigative journalists who met while working at the Wall Street Journal. At Fusion, they put their analytical skills to use in unearthing and interpreting complex, publicly available documents – like financial records and court filings – for a range of private clients. That’s why the title speaks itself ie GPS investigation on Donald Trump. Fusion GPS’s work on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia snowballed into something that even the experienced team of investigators could never have predicted. But Christopher Steele’s dossier contained such sensitive information that they had no choice but to report it to the authorities. Still living with the remarkable fallout from this today, we may never know the full picture of what links Trump to Russia. However, the collaborative authors have given a wake up call to the authorities let not what happened in 2016 elections to repeat itself in the future.

  27. 5 out of 5

    LINDA DIANNE

    Fascinating peek behind the headlines Confirms my early instincts that Steele and Fusion GPS were the dedicated protectors of democratic ideals in the face of foreign and domestic efforts to undermine them - as opposed to the bizarre and fantastical antics those such as Devin Nunes propagated against them. Thank goodness there are people such as they working in the background to bolster democracy against Putin's efforts to wreck it for his own ends! But it also helps understand how close it came Fascinating peek behind the headlines Confirms my early instincts that Steele and Fusion GPS were the dedicated protectors of democratic ideals in the face of foreign and domestic efforts to undermine them - as opposed to the bizarre and fantastical antics those such as Devin Nunes propagated against them. Thank goodness there are people such as they working in the background to bolster democracy against Putin's efforts to wreck it for his own ends! But it also helps understand how close it came to being much worse. If the 2018 mid-term elections hadn't returned Congress to the Democrats, whatever it is that is driving the once "party of law and order" to enable an autocratic leader and destroy all the checks and balances they use and abuse when a (d)Democratic President is in power, would be even worse than what is happening now. A timely lesson that ALL citizens need to be engaged and ready to fight for free and fair elections in 2020, and elect people across the country, from the top to the bottom, in every elected office, so that there is a chance to repair and rebuild. A majority of ethical and hardworking representatives are essential to work to ensure it can never happen again that a foreign power can help install a corrupt and unfit person to the highest office in the US.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    If one has the patience to read this book, you will come to understand the treachery that Donald Trump has contributed to the weakening of our great democracy. All the things that he calls lies or 'fake news' are really true. His conspiring with Putin and the Russians is totally scary. Even if only 50% of the Steele dossier proves to be correct and even if only 50% of the data that Simpson and Fritsch have presented here proves to be correct, we have a monster in the White House named Donald J T If one has the patience to read this book, you will come to understand the treachery that Donald Trump has contributed to the weakening of our great democracy. All the things that he calls lies or 'fake news' are really true. His conspiring with Putin and the Russians is totally scary. Even if only 50% of the Steele dossier proves to be correct and even if only 50% of the data that Simpson and Fritsch have presented here proves to be correct, we have a monster in the White House named Donald J Trump !! This man must be impeached !! I cannot ask you to ' enjoy ' this book but it is a 'must' read !! If you care about our wonderful country, please read this book and get an education !!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Stolar

    This is a book everyone should read, as it details much of what we've generally heard over the years about the Russian plan to disrupt our elections and install Trump as our President, along with the Republican's abdication of any responsibility for defending the country. Rachel Maddow has gone through many of the issues described in this book -- this is almost like the volume of extensive notes I'd always wish I'd taken while watching her show. It is deeply dismaying to read, yet so important.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mark Jones

    If you don't follow politics and world events, you're probably a little behind the curve on what's going on. This book will bring you up to speed. The implications of where the world is headed can leave you a little shaken if you prefer to feel safe and happy but I prefer facing the world head on so I considered it a good read.

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