Fusion GPS chief: Trump dossier started because he said some weird things about Putin

The co-founder of the firm behind the Trump-Russia dossier told the House Intelligence Committee in November that he hired a former British spy to probe President Donald Trump’s Russia connections because he “said some weird things about [Russian President Vladimir] Putin.”

In a full 165-page transcript of testimony the House committee voted to release Thursday, Glenn Simpson, co-founder of the political research firm Fusion GPS, said that he told former MI6 agent Christopher Steele during the 2016 election to take “20 or 30 days” to “figure out what Trump’s been up to over there.”

Simpson said his reason for pursuing the line of research was because Trump had “gone over [to Russia] a bunch of times, he said some weird things about Putin, but doesn’t seem to have gotten any business deals.”