Fusion co-founder: Dossier author feared Trump was being blackmailed

Washington( CNN) Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the author of the opposition investigate dossier on then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia was behaving on his own volition when he went to the FBI because he was concerned that a presidential applicant was being blackmailed, according to the 312 -page transcript of his testimony.

Simpson told the committee in closed-door testimony in August — which was liberated publicly on Tuesday — that he did not know how the FBI would greeting when ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier, went to the bureau in July 2016.

“Chris said he was very concerned about whether this represented a national insurance menace and said he wanted to — he said he thought we were obligated to tell person in authority, in our authority about this information, ” Simpson said. “He reckoned from his perspective there was an issue — a protection publish about whether a presidential applicant was being blackmailed.”