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Glenn Richard Simpson (born April 22, 1964) is an American former journalist who worked for The Wall Street Journal until 2009, and then co-founded the Washington-based research business Fusion GPS.[2] He was also a senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center.[3]

Glenn Simpson
Born1964/1965 (age 54–55)[1]
EducationGeorge Washington University (BA)
OccupationJournalist and author
Known forCo-founder, Fusion GPS

He is the co-author of Dirty Little Secrets: The Persistence of Corruption in American Politics written with political scientist Larry Sabato and published in 1996.[4] A New York Times book review called the book's approach "fiercely bipartisan".[5]

Early lifeEdit

Simpson graduated from Conestoga High School in 1982, then went to George Washington University, where his neck was broken in a car crash.[6]


Before Simpson worked for The Wall Street Journal, he was a reporter for Roll Call, where he broke stories on GOPAC, a political action committee headed by House Speaker Newt Gingrich.[5]

Simpson left journalism in part to earn more money. Explaining why he left journalism, he quipped: “We don't use the word 'sold out.' We use the word 'cashed in.'”[7]

Trump opposition researchEdit

From September 2015 to May 2016, Simpson was retained by a conservative newspaper, the Washington Free Beacon, to collect information on many of the Republican presidential candidates including Donald Trump.[8][9][2][10]

After the Free Beacon stopped funding the research, the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign's law firm, Perkins Coie, picked up the deal with Simpson's company Fusion GPS.[9] In June 2016, Fusion GPS hired Christopher Steele, a former MI6 agent, to obtain information on Trump. Steele used his "old contacts and farmed out other research to native Russian speakers who made phone calls on his behalf".[11] After November 2016, funding from the Democratic Party ceased, and Simpson reportedly spent his own money to fund further work on the dossier.[12]

Congressional investigations into Russian interference in 2016 United States electionsEdit

In 2017 during Congressional inquiries into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections, Simpson testified before the House Intelligence Committee that Roger Stone, Steve Bannon, and Ted Malloch, a "significant figure" in the Brexit campaign, had ties to each other.[13]

On August 22, 2017, Simpson was questioned for 10 hours by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a closed-door meeting. The Committee did not release a transcript of the hearing. Simpson reportedly did not reveal the identities of his clients.[14] The transcript was unilaterally released by Senator Dianne Feinstein on January 9, 2018.[15][16]


  1. ^ "Fusion GPS founder returns to the spotlight for Russia enquires". January 11, 2018. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Shane, Scott; Confessore, Nicholas; Rosenberg, Matthew (January 11, 2017). "How a Sensational, Unverified Dossier Became a Crisis for Donald Trump". The New York Times. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  3. ^ Simpson, Glenn R. (February 10, 2010). "U.S. Identifies Russian 'Nexus' of Organized Crime". International Assessment and Strategy Center. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  4. ^ Larry Sabato (June 29, 1996). "Dirty Little Secrets". NPR (radio program). Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Mitchell, Greg (June 16, 1996). "Politics Most Foul". The New York Times (book review). Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  6. ^ Flegenheimer, Matt (March 31, 2018). "Fusion GPS Founder Hauled From the Shadows for the Russia Election Investigation". Retrieved March 31, 2018 – via
  7. ^ Gillum, Jack; Boburg, Shawn (December 11, 2017). "'Journalism for rent': Inside the secretive firm behind the Trump dossier". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  8. ^ Vogel, Kenneth P.; Haberman, Maggie (October 27, 2017). "Conservative Website First Funded Anti-Trump Research by Firm That Later Produced Dossier". The New York Times. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  9. ^ a b Kranish, Michael (October 27, 2017). "Clinton lawyer kept Russian dossier project closely held". Retrieved November 2, 2017 – via
  10. ^ Continetti, Matthew; Goldfarb, Michael (October 27, 2017). "Fusion GPS and the Washington Free Beacon". Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  11. ^ Raymond, Adam K. "The Making of the Bombshell Trump Dossier Dominating the News". Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  12. ^ Sampathkumar, Mythili (August 23, 2017). "Trump-Russia dossier sources revealed to the FBI by Christopher Steele". The Independent. Archived from the original on August 29, 2017.
  13. ^ Prokupecz, Shimon; Herb, Jeremy (March 30, 2018). "Federal investigators question Ted Malloch in special counsel probe". CNN. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  14. ^ Dukakis, Ali; Mosk, Matthew (August 22, 2017). "Attorney: Glenn Simpson did not reveal clients for Trump 'dossier' to investigators". ABC News. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  15. ^ Cheney, Kyle (January 9, 2018). "Feinstein releases transcript of interview with Fusion GPS co-founder". Politico. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  16. ^ Barrett, Devlin; Hamburger, Tom (January 10, 2018). "Feud over Trump dossier intensifies with release of interview transcript". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 11, 2018.

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