Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

California Senator Dianne Feinstein Releases Glenn Simpson, Fusion GPS Transcript

California Senator Dianne Feinstein Releases Glenn Simpson, Fusion GPS Transcript

In a statement, the website defended the news value of the dossier while slamming Trump's lawyer.

The lawyer Michael Cohen, filed the lawsuit in NY state on Tuesday, almost a year after BuzzFeed published the dossier commissioned by political opposition research firm Fusion GPS.

The claim has few implications for the GOP's conspiracizing, and it's unclear who, or what he's referring to.

BuzzFeed News' editor-in-chief Ben Smith explained why he published the dossier in a on Tuesday.

The libel suit in Florida court is ongoing. Apparently, it is already in the hands of "multiple US news outlets", which seem to be keeping secret key elements of the campaign to use the dossier to bring down President Trump. Its interest to the public is obvious.

Steele and Fusion GPS arranged for the material to pass into the hands of Sen. When pressed by the committee, Simpson's lawyer Joshua Levy suggested it would be risky to do so.

Finger-pointing and acrimony surrounding probes of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election intensified Thursday, with the Trump White House and Democratic lawmakers trading accusations of undermining and manipulating investigations that require bipartisan buy-in to succeed. Cohen testified to the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on October 24 and publicly to the Senate Intelligence Committee on October 25. Asked yesterday at the White House whether he would meet with Special Counsel Robert Mueller for an interview, Trump began back-pedalling on his previous and emphatic "100 per cent". NPR has not detailed its contents because it is unsubstantiated, but it describes an effort by powerful Russians to build bridges with Trump and his campaign.

He said that he and Trump "don't talk about" the Russian Federation investigations. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., acknowledged he had received a copy but said "no further full committee activity is planned at this time".

"It has hurt our government", he said.

"We all need to stop pretending that there are no consequences when the most powerful person in the world espouses racist views and gives a wink and a nod to the darkest elements in our society", Feinstein said. And Simpson said Steele did so because he was concerned about whether Trump was being blackmailed. But his investigation has already resulted in Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleading guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with Russia's ambassador. Fusion was first commissioned to investigate Trump in 2016 by the Washington Free Beacon newspaper, which has said that none of the information it received from the firm was included in the dossier.

Simpson said that when then-FBI Director James Comey announced on October 28, 2016, that he was reopening the email investigation into Clinton's private server, Steele had "some sort of interaction" - "probably telephonic" - with the FBI.

Simpson said Steele went to the FBI in late June or "at the latest" early July - weeks before the FBI reportedly launched its investigation into the Trump campaign. Republicans and Democrats have tangled in recent weeks over the origins of the dossier, which was funded in part by Trump's political opponents, and how the FBI and other agencies may have used it in their investigations.

Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to a charge of lying to the FBI and is cooperating with Mueller's investigation.

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