Transcript Released Of Fusion GPS Founder's Testimony Before Senate Judiciary Committee


Hillary Clinton's campaign learned about these findings, and agreed to finance further research from Steele. Feinstein, a Democrat who has represented her state for over 25 years, is the latest to stick a burr under the saddle of President Donald Trump, earning herself a famed Trumpian nickname, as well as presidential ire.

Since then, the "Steele dossier" has been an object of bipartisan fascination.

Trump and the White House insist there was no collusion between the campaign and the Russians. Republicans have said the dossier was politically motivated and used to obtain FISA warrants to spy on Mr. Trump's campaign.

Congress made a decision to look into the matter.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released a full 300-page transcript of the Senate Judiciary Committee's interview with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson on Tuesday. I haven't had a single person approach me to say, "I wish I hadn't read the dossier, and wish I had less insight into the forces at play in America".

The revelation emerged yesterday after a US Senator leaked transcripts of an interview with the co-founder of the company which produced the report. She can release the testimony of the committee that she is a member of on her own. The egg from this breakfast feast is not so much on Trump's face as those of Republicans in Congress who sought to keep the substance of this interview private, perhaps to bolster the narrative that Democrats cooked up something "sneaky" - to use Trump's description of Feinstein. And now, it's easy to see why the GOP preferred demanding answers over providing them - their alt-collusion narrative does not benefit from sunlight.

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Instead of being the source of the FBI investigations, Simpson claimed that the FBI was already on to the Russians, not least because our Australian allies warned us that the Russians claimed to have dirt on Clinton, which they learned because George Papadopoulos, a Trump advisor, was bragging about it to an Australian diplomat. Simpson suggested that, in his understanding, this source was moved to share information for reasons of conscience.

The transcript is available here and corrections made after the transcript was finalized are available here.

Byron York of the Washington Examiner reported this week that representatives from these committees had the opportunity to view documents that cut to "the question of whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation used unverified material from the dossier - a Clinton campaign opposition research product - to apply for permission to spy on Americans".

Now in the public domain, the transcript touches on a number of areas ranging from Trump's tax filings and business network-including his connection to Felix Sater, an individual with alleged connections to Russian organized crime gangs.

Now, it's possible that Simpson is a cool risk-taker who's willing to lie to Senate investigators. NPR has not detailed its contents because it is unsubstantiated, but it describes an effort by powerful Russians to build bridges with Trump and his campaign.


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