US Democratic Senator Releases Fusion GPS Testimony in Russia Probe

Posted January 10, 2018

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

Fusion GPS was hired in mid-2016 by a lawyer for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee to dig into Trump's background. A dossier compiled by Fusion GPS with the help of former British spy Christopher Steele alleged collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and the Russian government.

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 USA is stuck with a broken ethanol policy MORE (R-Iowa).

Simpson also said Steele severed his contacts with the FBI before the election following disclosures that the bureau's inquiry had found no connection between Trump campaign and Russian Federation and concerns that it was being "manipulated for political ends by the Trump people".

Glenn R. Simpson former Wall Street Journal journalist and co-founder of the research firm Fusion GPS during his arrival for a scheduled appearance before a closed House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday Nov. 14 201

Mr Trump has repeatedly denied colluding with Russian Federation during the campaign, and called the entire investigation a "witch hunt".

Feinstein said Americans deserve to see what Simpson said.

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

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has also interviewed members of Fusion GPS, also appeared to back Grassley's rationale last week.

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Mr. Grassley last week rejected the firm's request to release the transcript, citing concerns that its release could taint the committee's ongoing investigations related to Russia's election meddling and the F.B.I.'s response.

The disagreement between Grassley and Feinstein is further evidence of a breakdown on the panel after an initially bipartisan investigation.

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

Other Republicans on the panel were less concerned.

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Simpson's testimony, however, was not accurate, according to a person close to Fusion.

Last week, Grassley and fellow Republican 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.

He also disputed Republican charges that his firm is linked to Democrats, saying the firm takes clients from both sides of the aisle.

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