Crime in Progress
The never-before-told inside story of the high-stakes, four-year-long investigation into Donald Trump's Russia ties--culminating in the Steele dossier, and sparking the Mueller report--from the founders of political opposition research company Fusion GPS.Fusion GPS was founded in 2010 by Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, two former reporters at The Wall Street Journal who decided to abandon the struggling news business and use their reporting skills to conduct open-source investigations for businesses and law firms--and opposition research for political candidates. In the fall of 2015, they were hired to look into the finances of Donald Trump.What began as a march through a mind-boggling trove of lawsuits, bankruptcies, and sketchy overseas projects soon took a darker turn: The deeper Fusion dug, the more it began to notice names that Simpson and Fritsch had come across during their days covering Russian corruption--and the clearer it became that the focus of Fusion's research going forward would be Trump's entanglements with Russia.To help them make sense of what they were seeing, Simpson and Fritsch engaged the services of a former British intelligence agent and Russia expert named Christopher Steele. He would produce a series of memos--which collectively became known as the Steele dossier--that raised deeply alarming questions about the nature of Trump's ties to a hostile foreign power. Those memos made their way to U.S. intelligence agencies, and then to President Barack Obama and President-elect Trump. On January 10, 2017, the Steele dossier broke into public view, and the Trump-Russia story reached escape velocity. At the time, Fusion GPS was just a ten-person consulting firm tucked away above a Starbucks near Dupont Circle, but it would soon be thrust into the center of the biggest news story on the planet--a story that would lead to accusations of witch hunts, a relentless campaign of persecution by congressional Republicans, bizarre conspiracy theories, lawsuits by Russian oligarchs, and the Mueller report.In Crime in Progress, Simpson and Fritsch tell their story for the first time--a tale of the high-stakes pursuit of one of the biggest, most important stories of our time--no matter the costs.

Crime in Progress Details

TitleCrime in Progress
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 26th, 2019
PublisherRandom House
ISBN-139780593134153
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Politics, History, Mystery, Crime

Crime in Progress Review

  • Paul
    January 1, 1970
    This is the best book of the 100 or so I've read this year. It's a well-articulated history of the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Reading this is like being given a summary of Rachel Maddow shows for the last three years.My critical takeaway: Trump is so mobbed up that it's frightening and a national security risk. He and Putin want to remake the world order so that they are the two major geopolitical powers, Putin has restored the territory of the old Soviet Union, and This is the best book of the 100 or so I've read this year. It's a well-articulated history of the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Reading this is like being given a summary of Rachel Maddow shows for the last three years.My critical takeaway: Trump is so mobbed up that it's frightening and a national security risk. He and Putin want to remake the world order so that they are the two major geopolitical powers, Putin has restored the territory of the old Soviet Union, and Trump wants to become the dictator of the states for life, presumably.The House is just now getting into the substantial degree that Republicans have been handmaidens to the Russian mob, which consists largely of oligarchs that have taken over various companies/regions of the old Soviet empire. The chief architects of this in the United States are, besides the president, Mitch McConnell (known thug Oleg Deripaska funded Kentucky's giant new aluminum plant); Devin Nunes, who was elected from a heavily agricultural district in California as a farmer but has since sold all his family's farms and bought two vineyards for which he now pushes favorable legislation; Michael Cohen, now in prison, who created his entire business through mob connections and has since turned on Trump; former Secretary of Defense Michael Flynn, who was the most heavily mobbed up U.S. official and is now awaiting a long prison sentence; Paul Manafort, greatly intrusive in Ukraine and tight with Russia (now in prison); and lesser characters including Roger Stone, Maria Butina, Carter Page, and a cast of dozens.The authors of this book are the cofounders of Fusion, a political research agency with no predispositions for either major party. They commissioned Christopher Steele of Orbis, a roughly equivalent UK organization, to do a major investigation into the 2016 election. The consequent "Steele Dossier" was maligned and ridiculed by Republicans as propaganda, especially over such sensational trivialities as the "Pee Tape," which showed Trump in a Moscow hotel encouraging two prostitutes to give a "golden shower" onto the bed in which the Obamas had once slept. It turns out that, although this book doesn't give significant explication of the incident, Steele claimed that he had seven eyewitnesses to the alleged incident.The vehemence with which the Republicans maligned the "Steele Dossier" was possibly proportionate to the degree of truth it conveyed. This book carefully examines the entire dossier to see what upset the Republicans so. The answers are riveting and premonitory.The best quote in the book is the last paragraph of the book before the Epilogue: "That Trump had not, in fact, been exonerated. That Trump had lied repeatedly. That he had sought the aid of Wikileaks to damage the Clinton campaign. That it was not a 'witch hunt.'" That the Russians had very blatantly interfered in the election."The best summary quote from the Epilogue: "As the Republican Party's base of white voters has shriveled, there has been an increased willingness on the part of its leaders to pursue win-at-all-costs electoral strategies, such as the deliberate disenfranchisement of minorities and covert alliances with foreign regimes similarly fearful of demographic demise."This book is a critical and frightening warning to Americans that if Trump is not impeached and removed before the 2020 presidential election, the entire American experiment may be over and the U.S. Constitution will become a historical artifact.Besides being mandatory reading, this book reads like a spy novel and is hard to put down. I couldn't recommend it more highly to anyone who cares about the future of the United States.
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  • Bettie
    January 1, 1970
    Mueller investigation did not follow the money on Trump: Peter Fritsch and Glenn Simpson, co-founders of Fusion GPS, talk with Rachel Maddow about their new book, Crime in Progress, and investigating Donald Trump's relationship with Russia and the 2016 election.
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  • Fay
    January 1, 1970
    Terrifyingly revealing.
  • Jay
    January 1, 1970
    If you are going to read ONE book about Trump and how he came to power (and I have read a lot of them!) this is the one to read.At the heart of this account is disinformation. How the Republicans conspired, right in front of our very eyes, to change the narrative about how Trump got elected, his shady parters and friends and how lies continue to support his presidency.The only reason that the book does not earn 5 stars from me, is that the authors are clearly angry (justifiably) and this anger If you are going to read ONE book about Trump and how he came to power (and I have read a lot of them!) this is the one to read.At the heart of this account is disinformation. How the Republicans conspired, right in front of our very eyes, to change the narrative about how Trump got elected, his shady parters and friends and how lies continue to support his presidency.The only reason that the book does not earn 5 stars from me, is that the authors are clearly angry (justifiably) and this anger taints their narrative.
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  • Deb
    January 1, 1970
    Frightening. I am baffled by so many people who deny the truth of Russian interference and the criminal behavior of Trump and his cronies. Very revealing - shows that Republicans care less about our Country than I suspected. They have been covering for Trump long before he was elected.
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  • Harry Allagree
    January 1, 1970
    First, note that there are co-authors, Glenn Simpson & Peter FritschThis is, unquestionably, the best explanation I've read on why the United States is in its current situation vis à vis Donald J. Trump & the Russian Federation (Russia). It gives a panoramic view in detailed (though not exhaustive) narrative of the intersection of the two countries & Trump & his cronies, including the GOP Republican Party, from roughtly 2015 (& a little before) down to 2019. This narrative is First, note that there are co-authors, Glenn Simpson & Peter FritschThis is, unquestionably, the best explanation I've read on why the United States is in its current situation vis à vis Donald J. Trump & the Russian Federation (Russia). It gives a panoramic view in detailed (though not exhaustive) narrative of the intersection of the two countries & Trump & his cronies, including the GOP Republican Party, from roughtly 2015 (& a little before) down to 2019. This narrative is based mainly on the work of their company, Fusion GPS, of which the authors are co-founders; and through one of their collaborators in the UK, Christopher Steele, chronicler of what is now known as the "Steele Dossier". The book sets the record straight, as best as the authors are humanly able, so it is authoritative. There is admirable care taken not to cross boundaries of confidentiality of clients of Fusion GPS, but the authors stretch as far as they legally can to present true facts. The sum total of their work, along with that of others, belies & negates the untruthful, fanciful, twisted & sometimes ridiculous version of Trump's supporters. Although Simpson & Fritsch were experienced journalists before they founded Fusion GPS, the authors' purpose was to contract with carefully vetted clients to produce research reports on information, primarily public records, needed by clients. They were not opposition or intelligence reporters. They favored no one party over another. When news started breaking about Trump's transgressions with the Russians, most people, including the media, misunderstood this. Had the news media gotten it right from the start, their investigations would've led them to expose Trump & his dealing with Russia much earliert.In the end, most of what the authors had learned in their early research came to be verified, sometimes much later, as true & factual. Shamefully, in the meantime, they went through of time of ridicule & harassment from Republican members of Congress & right-wing conservatives, many of whom ended up in the "hot seat" themselves later on!The book emphasizes the extreme ongoing danger of Russia's meddling in our democracy up to the present day. The authors end the book this way:"The Trump campaign's conspiring with Russia may not be a crime provable in federal court, but it amounts to one of the most significant betrayals in American history.That, at its core, was the warning sounded by Fusion and Steele in 2016, a warning that remains as urgent today as it was then."
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    The authors Simpson and Fritsch are two former Wall Street Journal reporters who own the Washington-based research firm Fusion GPS. In May of 2016 they hired Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence office, to answer questions about the nature of Trump's relationship with Russia and Putin. The contents of Steele's memoranda, and the fact that Obama and Trump were briefed about them, was leaked to the press in early January 2017 which was shortly before the inauguration. Simpson and The authors Simpson and Fritsch are two former Wall Street Journal reporters who own the Washington-based research firm Fusion GPS. In May of 2016 they hired Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence office, to answer questions about the nature of Trump's relationship with Russia and Putin. The contents of Steele's memoranda, and the fact that Obama and Trump were briefed about them, was leaked to the press in early January 2017 which was shortly before the inauguration. Simpson and Fritsch then realized that the intelligence community thought the research was credible if they had briefed it to the president. The possible consequences of Trump’s unchecked friendliness toward Putin included the lifting of sanctions on Russia, the weakening or even demise of NATO, the spread of Russian-style corruption and kleptocracy to the West, and, more immediately for Fusion, the threat of retaliation from an incoming regime eager to even the score against its critics and whistleblowers.Fusion GPS was originally hired by Trump's Republican primary opponents in late 2015. Initially Trump was not being investigated for his Russian ties but rather for hypocrisies and lies surrounding his businesses, his wealth (or lack thereof), and his positions on issues. For example, although Trump has backed a xenophobic view on immigration, he has often employed illegal immigrant labor in his businesses and recruited immigrants from abroad.Trump Organization had sponsored at least 1,494 foreign worker visas since 2000. His Palm Beach estate and private club, Mar-a-Lago, was the largest of his properties to import immigrant labor, with at least 872 visas to its name.One of the most interesting elements of this book involves reporting on Trump's connections to organized crime that hasn't gotten much attention, e.g. his connection to Felix Sater, a Russian-born crime figure who had a business card stating he was a “senior advisor to Donald J. Trump.”During the entire span of his career, Donald Trump has done business with at least 25 individuals and companies with documented mob ties, including various powerful Italian and Russian syndicates.Fusion GPS did not approach the Democrats with their research until March of 2016, when it appeared that Trump had secured the Republican nomination. At this point Fusion offered its research to a DNC-connected law firm who agreed to contract its services. Fusion then contracted with Steele independently for an investigation into Trump's Russia connections. Steele was so alarmed by what he had found that he asked for, and was given permission by Fusion, to give his findings to the FBI. Through the next several months, Fusion gave background briefings to news organizations about its research but did not give any of them a copy of the dossier. After the election, Steele gave a copy of the dossier memos to the UK intelligence chief and MI5 arranged for him to also give a copy to Senator John McCain via his aide David Kramer. Despite his promise to give the dossier only to Senator McCain, Kramer later leaked the dossier to the press and it emerged into the public sphere.“The allegations were disturbing, but I had no idea which if any were true,” McCain later wrote. “I could not independently verify any of it, and so I did what any American who cares about our nation’s security should have done. I put the dossier in my office safe, called the office of the director of the FBI, Jim Comey, and asked for a meeting.” McCain’s friend and colleague Lindsey Graham later admitted that he had encouraged McCain to turn the dossier over to the FBI. Months later Graham would feign outrage over the dossier during congressional hearings.This is a well-written, informative, and fascinating account of Fusion's research into Trump's character and background. There are a lot of details about the investigation that make much more sense when put into context as this book does. The Steele dossier will probably go down in history for its significance in the Trump-Russia investigation. One other important takeaway is that the press failed to properly report the Trump-Russia story before the 2016 election despite having it dropped in their laps. As a result, Putin was allowed to put his puppet in the White House. To deny that Russia intervened in the 2016 election with the express purpose of helping Trump win—given all the evidence presented by Mueller and the Intelligence Community—requires a staggering degree of willful blindness. Worse, however, is to support that position with silence.There have been many books written about the Trump-Russia connection and this is one of the better ones. The writing is clean and straightforward resulting in a tight professional narrative. You won't be wasting your time reading this. Highly recommended.
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  • LINDA DIANNE
    January 1, 1970
    Fascinating peek behind the headlinesConfirms my early instincts that Steele and Fusion GPS were the dedicated protectors of democratic ideals in the face of foreign and domestic efforts to undermine them - as opposed to the bizarre and fantastical antics those such as Devin Nunes propagated against them. Thank goodness there are people such as they working in the background to bolster democracy against Putin's efforts to wreck it for his own ends! But it also helps understand how close it came Fascinating peek behind the headlinesConfirms my early instincts that Steele and Fusion GPS were the dedicated protectors of democratic ideals in the face of foreign and domestic efforts to undermine them - as opposed to the bizarre and fantastical antics those such as Devin Nunes propagated against them. Thank goodness there are people such as they working in the background to bolster democracy against Putin's efforts to wreck it for his own ends! But it also helps understand how close it came to being much worse. If the 2018 mid-term elections hadn't returned Congress to the Democrats, whatever it is that is driving the once "party of law and order" to enable an autocratic leader and destroy all the checks and balances they use and abuse when a (d)Democratic President is in power, would be even worse than what is happening now. A timely lesson that ALL citizens need to be engaged and ready to fight for free and fair elections in 2020, and elect people across the country, from the top to the bottom, in every elected office, so that there is a chance to repair and rebuild. A majority of ethical and hardworking representatives are essential to work to ensure it can never happen again that a foreign power can help install a corrupt and unfit person to the highest office in the US.
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  • Patricia L.
    January 1, 1970
    You don't know anything about political corruption until you read this.Keep an open mind. Be prepared to be totally disgusted at politics, Russian election interference, Trump's use of throwaway stooges, and the terrible threat to our constitutional way of life. I pray you'll leave your political party while you read this book and open your eyes to Political Reality 101. Our patriotic citizens need to know how corruption from within and outside is undermining progress and integrity in the United You don't know anything about political corruption until you read this.Keep an open mind. Be prepared to be totally disgusted at politics, Russian election interference, Trump's use of throwaway stooges, and the terrible threat to our constitutional way of life. I pray you'll leave your political party while you read this book and open your eyes to Political Reality 101. Our patriotic citizens need to know how corruption from within and outside is undermining progress and integrity in the United States. Promise your country to keep an open mind.Thank you to all who risked much to inform many.
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  • Nick Turner
    January 1, 1970
    By far the best book on Trump/Russia.
  • Graham Catt
    January 1, 1970
    If you care about the future of Democracy, the state of politics in the USA, or the notion of "truth" as it stands in the Trump Era, this is essential reading.
  • Andy Norris
    January 1, 1970
    Painful to read this recounting. Painful to live this reality.
  • Katherine
    January 1, 1970
    A well-written history of Trump’s extensive ties to Russia; a real page-turner.
  • Gwen
    January 1, 1970
    I was curious to read the Fusion GPS perspective. If you didn't follow a lot of Muller investigation, you'll pick up some details.
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