Democratic senator releases Fusion GPS testimony in Russian Federation probe

Hannah Rogers
January 10, 2018

Dianne Feinstein circumvented her Republican colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday and released more than 300 pages of testimony provided past year by Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson.

Fusion initially was hired through a conservative website, the Washington Free Beacon, during the Republican primaries to dig up dirt on Trump.

The Democrat lawmakers echoed this position, branding the call for a criminal investigation as a crass "miscalculation" on the part of the GOP committee members.

"The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public", she said.

Glenn Simpson the co-founder of Fusion GPS, the firm which commissioned the dossier written by Christopher Steele, was giving evidence to a congressional committee during a closed-door interview previous year.

The congressional panel is one of three investigating the Russian Federation matter.

Mr. Simpson has also spoken with investigators from the House and Senate intelligence committees, which have their own investigations into Russia's election interference.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied allegations of meddling in the USA election and Trump denies any collusion between his campaign and Moscow officials. "Her action undermines the integrity of the committee's oversight work and jeopardizes its ability to secure candid voluntary testimony relating to the independent recollections of future witnesses". He added that when Steele met with an FBI official in September, the official told Steele the bureau "had other intelligence about this matter from an internal Trump campaign source".

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"My understanding was that they believed Chris at this point - that they believed Chris 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 Organisation", Mr Simpson said.

"The American people deserve the facts", Sen. He invited Mr. Simpson to instead testify publicly.

Feinstein's decision came after a tense back-and-forth between Republicans and Democrats over what to do with the transcript of Simpson's interview, which he provided on August 22.

It was released by the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen.

Earlier this month two senior Republican senators referred Mr Steele, over statements about the "distribution of claims contained in the dossier", to the US Department of Justice (DoJ) - urging them to investigate him.

Republicans have sought to attack the credibility of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling in part by raising concerns about the Steele dossier. That decision marks the most serious break yet in the cooperative relationship she has had with the Republican chairman of the committee, Sen.

Mr Simpson declined to say who he suspected the whistle-blower to be, but did not think it was a source of Mr Steele's.

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