Monday, December 9, 2019

Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump by Glenn Simpson (author), Peter Fritsch (author), Mark Deakins (narrator)

Random House Audio, November 2019

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.

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