Dianne Feinstein Releases Dossier Testimony

Donald Trump's personal lawyer has filed a lawsuit against Buzzfeed News. Shannon Stapleton Reuters

Donald Trump's personal lawyer has filed a lawsuit against Buzzfeed News. Shannon Stapleton Reuters

Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to release transcripts of an interview with a founder of the firm that commissioned the controversial dossier about President Donald Trump and Russian Federation.

In the transcript, Simpson said Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the dossier, took it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and said his concern was "whether or not there was blackmail going on, whether a political candidate was being blackmailed or had been compromised". But Simpson's comments appear to confirm that the FBI did not launch its Trump-Russia investigation just because of the dossier.

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During Simpson's interview in August, a Republican staffer pressed him further on this claim, and Simpson's answers were vague. It was unclear if that source was Papadopoulos.

"It was someone like us who made a decision to pick up the phone and report something", he said, adding that he believed the source was "voluntary", and "was concerned about the same concerns we had".

Donald Trump has dismissed the Russia dossier as a politically-motivated smear. Chris Kleponis  Bloomberg
Donald Trump has dismissed the Russia dossier as a politically-motivated smear. Chris Kleponis Bloomberg

Ironically, both might be considered to be a step forward in government transparency, although, those members of the US Senate who did not want the 300 plus-page testimony to be released, might disagree. Steele "deals in a very different kind of information, which is human intelligence, human information", he told the panel. "The question that is asked generally is whether it's credible".

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Blumenthal: "Credible case" of obstruction of justice can be made against Trump MORE (D-Calif.) posted the entire transcript of Simpson's testimony on Tuesday after a feud erupted between Fusion GPS and Judiciary Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Thanks to the farm lobby, the U.S. is stuck with a broken ethanol policy MORE (R-Iowa).

On January 4th, Judge Richard J. Leon of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the House Intelligence Committee is entitled to the firm's bank records.

He also said that Fusion GPS had not been cooperative and the company had previously requested confidentiality. In that piece, the pair criticized the Republican Party lawmakers for leaking choice parts of their testimony and asked for the full interview transcript to be released. At the time, according to the Hill, the research firm's lawyer slammed the move as "attempt to discredit government sources".

The pair wanted the testimony released to end a "cynical campaign to portray us as the unwitting victims of Kremlin disinformation".

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