Fusion GPS Founder's Senate Judiciary Testimony Released
10 January, 2018, 02:12 | Author: Marjorie Miles
A top Democrat has released the transcript from testimony by Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson. Earlier that year, the firm had been probing Trump for a conservative website funded by a GOP donor, but that client stopped paying for the work after it became clear Trump would win the GOP nomination, according to people familiar with the matter.
"The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public", she said in a statement.
The New York Timesreported last month that Papadopoulos told the diplomat that Russian Federation had thousands of emails that would embarrass Clinton and that the Australians' subsequent tip to the FBI about the conversation helped persuade the bureau to investigate potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.
Turns out, former British agent Christopher Steele wasn't the only one who heard about some parts of the famous "pee tape" dossier.
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 denied allegations of election meddling and Trump denies any collusion by his campaign with Moscow.
Ms. Feinstein moved to do so without the committee's Republican chairman, Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, nearly certainly escalating partisan tensions on the committee.
It was released by the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen.
Donald Trump has dismissed the Russia dossier as a politically-motivated smear. Chris Kleponis Bloomberg
"Feinstein's unilateral decision was made as the committee is still trying to secure testimony from other witnesses, including Jared Kushner", Foy said.
"My understanding was that they believed Chris at this point - that they believed Chris's (Steele's) information 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 organization", Simpson said. In a statement, Fusion GPS commended Feinstein "for her courage" in releasing the document.
Feinstein said Americans deserve to see what Simpson said.
Instead, the person said Tuesday, the episode Simpson was apparently referring to involved communication between George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign who has since pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and an Australian diplomat.
Last week, Grassley and fellow Republican Sen.
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.
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. Chuck Grassley, issued a criminal referral last week for Steele, alleging the committee had reason to believe that the former spy had lied to authorities about his conversations with the press regarding the dossier.
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