New testimony sheds more light on Trump dossier

Testimony from Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson alleges that President Donald Trump, shown with Russian President Vladimir Putin, had ties to the Russian mafia during his real estate development days.

The bank, Vnesheconombank (VEB), is also believed by investigators on the case to have funded Trump's golf courses in both Doonbeg, County Clare and Turnberry, Scotland.

However Simpson goes into a little bit more detail about what areas of President Trump's past he was researching for each of the two clients that had hired him for the project: first the conservative Washington Free Beacon, and the later Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. "But in any event, we did look at some Kushner stuff and specifically focused on the project in Jersey City, I think partly because Trump had a position in that project", Simpson said.

FBI counterintelligence investigators have focused on the activities of Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia's central bank who is known for his close relationships with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA, the sources said.

"I think that's an important point", Himes told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

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The Trump golf resorts in Scotland are at Turnberry in Ayrshire and the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire, while in Ireland there is Trump Doonbeg.

Congressman Adam Schiff asked if he had seen Russian money involved with those and, in reply, Mr Simpson said that while it is not overt, there were certainly unusual financial patterns.

Simpson testified that he had investigated a claim by the president's son Eric Trump that the Trump Organization had access to unlimited sums of Russian money available for the family's golf courses.

"But because the Irish courses and the Scottish courses are under United Kingdom, you know, Anglo corporate law, they have - they file financial statements".

"They don't, on their face, show Russian involvement", he replied, "but what they do show is enormous amounts of capital flowing into these projects from unknown sources and - or at least on paper it says it's from The Trump Organisation - but it's hundreds of millions of dollars".

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"And these golf course are just, you know, they're sinks".

But during the testimony, Republicans questioned whether the allegations Simpson was making actually had evidence to back them up. Other elements of the dossier have been confirmed and supporters of the document say it broadly describes an observable pattern of contacts between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

Later in the House Intelligence hearing, Republican Party Congressman Tom Rooney said the stories that Mr Simpson was telling were "fascinating".

"So I can't tell you he wasn't looking·for that, because it was probably something that was among the things that he would have asked someone to check", Simpson said. "And that didn't make sense to me, doesn't make sense to me to this day", the former reporter said.

Simpson also discussed the financing of Trump's golf courses around the world, questioning if he had "enough money to do this and that" saying "he would have had to have outside financial support of these things".

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