During the 2016 presidential campaign, Glenn Simpson, the founder of political firm Fusion GPS, tipped a major news network off to Sergei Millian, a Belarus-born businessman who has been identified as “Source D” in former MI6 spy Christopher Steele’s anti-Trump dossier.
“Source D” is described in a June 20, 2016, memo written by Steele as “a close associate of TRUMP who had organized and managed his recent trips to Moscow.” Steele’s memo also claims that Millian “confirmed that the Kremlin had been feeding the Trump team intelligence on Clinton,” and identities Millian as the source for the infamous “golden showers” claim in the dossier.
According to the new book “Russian Roulette,” by liberal journalists Michael Isikoff and David Corn, Simpson provided the tip to ABC News despite having doubts about the truth of Millian’s claims about President Donald Trump.
According to The Daily Caller,
When they reached out to Millian, he disputed Steele’s claims and some of those made in the new book.
“It’s all garbage news,” he told TheDCNF.
“Never happened,” he added, saying that he “was not in Moscow on that night [of the alleged “golden showers” incident].”
Millian’s involvement in the dossier was of obvious concern to Simpson, according to “Russian Roulette.”
“The memo had described Millian as a Trump intimate, but there was no public evidence he was close to the mogul at that time or was in Moscow during the Miss Universe event,” the book reads. “Had Millian made something up or repeated rumors he had heard from others to impress Steele’s collector? Simpson had his doubts. He considered Millian a big talker.”
Those doubts did not stop Simpson from telling ABC News about Millian, whose real name is Siarhei Kukuts.
“For Simpson, Millian was now an investigative target. He tipped off ABC News, which conducted an on-air interview with Millian,” the book reads.
Ross, the investigative reporter at ABC, conducted the interview with Millian in July 2016. The interview largely flew under the radar, though it was cited in a few articles published before the election about Trump’s supposed ties to mysterious Russians.
When pressed about his sources during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Glenn Simpson wouldn’t reveal them, but he had no trouble revealing them to the media.
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