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 research dossier on then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia was acting on his own volition when he went to the FBI because he was concerned that a presidential nominee was being blackmailed, according to the 312 -page transcript of his testimony.

Simpson told the committee in closed-door testimony in August — which was released publicly on Tuesday — that he did not know how the FBI would react 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 security threat and said he wanted to — he said he thought we were obligated to tell person in government, in our government about this information, ” Simpson said. “He believed from his perspective there was an issue — a security issue about whether a presidential candidate was being blackmailed.”

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