Sen. Feinstein releases transcript regarding Trump-Russia dossier

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 13, 2018

The ex-British spy who authored a dossier of allegations against then-US presidential candidate Donald Trump was told the Federal Bureau of Investigation had someone inside the Trump campaign providing agents with information, according to a newly-released transcript of a congressional interview.

When Christopher Steele, who had been commissioned to prepare the dossier by Fusion GPS, took it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2016, he was told they had already received similar information, according to Simpson's testimony.

The testimony contained numerous revelations about Fusion GPS, its work and its investigation into Trump. So yes, the release of the transcript by the committee's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, is in a sense kind of returned fire.

In another wacky moment, Feinstein claimed today (Jan. 11) that she never said she "was pressured", even though there are recordings of her saying that.

The author of the bogus Trump dossier was basically a "Boy Scout" who "doesn't sell baloney", the co-founder of Fusion GPS told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In a joint statement from Mr Grassley and his colleague, Lindsey Graham, who chairs a number of senate subcommittees, the senators said they were not alleging Mr Steele had committed any crime.

Fusion GPS hired former British spy Christopher Steele during the 2016 campaign to put together an infamous Trump-Russia 35-page dossier that was first published by BuzzFeed a few days before his inauguration in January.

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. She said on CBS's "Face the Nation" on October 8 that there's "no proof" yet that there was any collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign, adding: "I think that proof will likely come with Mr. Mueller's investigation".

It may have been Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, who told an Australian diplomat that Russian Federation had "political dirt" on Hillary Clinton in May 2016, according to The New York Times.

Mr Trump called the investigation a "phony cloud" over his administration.

Simpson testified in August before the Senate Judiciary Committee behind closed doors - but his testimony was kept secret.

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. Steele sent a series of memos to Fusion and Simpson said he concluded that "something bigger was going on".

Republican leaders had refused to release the transcript, despite calls from Simpson for it to be made public.

Simpson's testimony provided a behind-the-scenes view of how the dossier was compiled from memos Steele wrote after communicating with his sources in Russian Federation.

"Chris, as I say, has a sterling reputation as a person who doesn't exaggerate, doesn't make things up, doesn't sell baloney", said Simpson.

It seems very odd that Fusion GPS, or at least Steele, would expect to have any understanding of internal affairs at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, especially regarding a different case from they were supplying information on.

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