Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Sen. Feinstein releases full transcript of Trump dossier testimony

Sen. Feinstein releases full transcript of Trump dossier testimony

Mr Simpson said Mr Steele took it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in July 2016, and that his concern was "whether or not there was blackmail going on, whether a political candidate was being blackmailed or had been compromised".

In the op-ed, Simpson and Fritsch said the transcripts would show that they told lawmakers that they believed the dossier had been taken seriously by the FBI because it matched reports that the bureau was receiving from other sources.

Fusion GPS, which was hired first by Republicans and later Democrats, studied various aspects of Trump's background, a typical function for opposition researchers during presidential campaigns.

"(FBI) believed Chris' information might be credible because they had other intelligence that indicated the same thing and one of those pieces of intelligence was a human source from inside the Trump Organization", Simpson told the committee.

The Senate Judiciary Committee's top Democrat, Sen.

As for the "sneaky" label, she said, "He tends to call people names very quickly, so I'm not alone".

Glenn Simpson, co-founder of the research firm Fusion GPS, testified that a Trump Organization official voluntarily reached out to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Feinstein said at the time, "I wasn't consulted about this referral, nor were any of my Democratic colleagues".

Feinstein on Tuesday released transcript from the Senate Judiciary Committee's August interview with Glenn Simpson, of Fusion GPS.

Trump has derided the dossier as a politically motivated hit job. White House allies have pursued a strategy of trying to impeach the dossier to impeach the broader case that people in the Trump camp might have conspired with the Russians who attacked the election.

Regarding criticism from Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham referred Steele to the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week for potentially providing false statements to Senate investigators.

A spokesman for Grassley, Taylor Foy, called it "confounding" that Feinstein released the transcript "unilaterally", over the objections of the Republican majority. Shortly after, Feinstein released the transcript.

Republicans were not pleased with Ms. Feinstein's actions, however, and accused her of undermining the committee's work.

As reported last night, the file has been central to these investigations, with Democrats claiming it to be a roadmap to alleged collusion and corruption by Trump whereas Republicans and Trump's inner circle insisting that it is filled with unverified claims that the FBI may have used to improperly to secure a warrant to spy on Trump's campaign and transition.

In September or October of 2015 somebody wanted Fusion to take a look at Trump, but Simpson's lawyer would not let him identify the client.

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