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Trump Lashes Out at Feinstein for Releasing Transcript

Trump Lashes Out at Feinstein for Releasing Transcript

Dianne Feinstein on twitter for unilaterally releasing the complete transcript of an interview between congressional investigators and the founder of Fusion GPS, the opposition research agency that commissioned the controversial file on Trump in the course of the 2016 campaign.

The company is responsible for hiring former MI6 agent Christopher Steele to look into Trump when he was a candidate for president.

Mr Trump and some Republicans have attacked both Mr Simpson's firm and Mr Steele in recent months and also questioned the impartiality of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department in an apparent effort to discredit Mr Mueller's probe. So yes, the release of the transcript by the committee's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, is in a sense kind of returned fire.

In a statement accompanying the release of the transcript, Feinstein said that she was trying to set the record straight after speculation about the interview.

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

Friday saw the committee's Republican chairman, Charles Grassley, call for a criminal investigation into Mr Steele.

Compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British spy, the dossier has since been a focus of congressional probes investigating whether Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

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.

The dossier contained an unsubstantiated claim that Mr Trump was once filmed with prostitutes at a hotel in the Russian capital.

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Papadopoulos reportedly told diplomat Alexander Downer, whose information is said to have gotten to American intelligence in July 2016, during a drunken night that May that he was told Russian Federation had dirt on Clinton.

Fusion GPS officials say they were told the dossier was taken seriously because the Federal Bureau of Investigation had allegedly already heard similar reports to the ones made by Steele. This may be so, but I find it about as credible as Simpson's assertion that Steele had the superhuman power to distinguish fact from fiction when dealing with his sources.

Steele told Simpson he was concerned that Trump had been "compromised" and could be "blackmailed" as a result of video tapes of certain activities in Russian hotel rooms.

The FBI responded to Steele "by September", Simpson said, and Steele then met in mid- or late September with an FBI legal attaché in Rome.

Fusion GPS hired former British spy Christopher Steele to produce the report, of which the main claims have been unverified.

The BBC reports that Simpson was "cagey on the origins of claims in the dossier" during the interview. Shortly after, Feinstein released the transcript.

In his testimony, Simpson said Steele contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation with concerns about Russian meddling in early July 2016.

"I've always been skeptical that the Judiciary Committee or the Intelligence Committee was going to keep Republicans and Democrats together on their own investigations".


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