Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

7 eye-opening revelations from the Fusion GPS testimony

7 eye-opening revelations from the Fusion GPS testimony

Dianne Feinstein released a 312-page transcript of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson's August interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley doesn't plan to release the committee's transcript from a closed-door interview with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson in its Russian Federation probe - at least for now.

"I'm increasingly anxious Republicans will shut down the House intelligence committee investigation at the end of the month", congressman Adam Schiff, who is the leading Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said last month. The firm and its boss, Glenn Simpson, were hired by a conservative donor to do opposition research about then-candidate Donald Trump; later, the Hillary Clinton campaign took over paying for the research work. "Mr. Steele writes in an intelligence report dated July 19, 2016, he has a source close to Sechin, who had disclosed alleged links between Mr. Trump's supporters and Moscow".

Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in October 2017. "The Russia investigation, meanwhile, didn't turn out to be some minor side story but instead the central challenge to Mr. Trump's presidency".

"I want to find out if the lead investigator of the Clinton email investigation had a political bias against Trump for Clinton to the point where it was a sham investigation", Graham said.

In May, Feinstein was asked by CNN whether she's seen evidence of collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation. Browder has claimed Veselnitskaya directed Baker Hostetler to lobby members of Congress to strip Magnitsky's name from legislation and claimed that Veselnitskaya used Baker Hostetler to hire Fusion GPS for a smear campaign against Browder.

Among the most startling statements made during Simpson's interview was when he said that "somebody's already been killed" as a result of the dossier's publication.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley has resisted the release of the transcript while the committee has yet to complete its investigation.

She said she had taken the step because of the "innuendo and misinformation" circulating about Fusion GPS, which were "part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice".

The dossier contained a series of unsubstantiated salacious claims about Mr Trump and who the Russian authorities had obtained compromising material about him.

"I think that's a good idea", said Sen.

Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse and Richard Blumenthal both called on Grassley to release the transcript Monday, complaining about leaks and a referral by Grassley of dossier author Christopher Steele to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution.

Simpson told the committee that his associate, the former British intelligence operative Christopher Steele, sat down for a "full debriefing" with an Federal Bureau of Investigation contact in Rome in September 2016.

As the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller III has gathered momentum in recent weeks, Republicans have expanded their attacks on Fusion GPS, Steele and the FBI.

"It is my belief that that is directly because he did not agree to lift the cloud of the Russian Federation investigation", Feinstein said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on December 3.

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