Sen Feinstein Release of Fusion GPS Testimony Disgrace, Possibly Illegal

Alfred Osborne
January 13, 2018

Feinstein sought to push back against that perception and to bolster the FBI's credibility.

"The innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript are part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice", Feinstein said in a statement.

Mr. Trump claimed on Twitter that the California Democrat has stated on "numerous occasions" that no collusion took place between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

Simpson was not under oath but the Fusion GPS founder still brought along attorney Joshua Levy.

One of the interesting things that came out of it was Glenn Simpson talking about Christopher Steele's interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in September-October of 2016.

Feinstein would not say if she thinks Fusion GPS's bank records should be released.

Fusion GPS was originally hired to do research during the 2016 Republican primary campaign for a still unknown Republican donor who wanted to defeat Trump.

"The one thing I regret is that I didn't have a chance to talk to him before", she told TheDC, when asked about Grassley.

Papadopoulos reportedly told diplomat Alexander Downer, whose information is said to have gotten to American intelligence in July 2016, during a drunken night that May that he was told Russian Federation had dirt on Clinton.

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The dossier claimed Mr Trump had colluded with Russian officials during his election campaign. In 2017, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is cooperating with investigators. A person close to the investigation said Fusion GPS has long anxious that Steele's overseas sources could be in danger, given a handful of killings that took place in the months after the dossier's existence became known.

Fusion GPS has so far not offered any public comment about Cohen's suit.

Mr Trump and some Republicans have attacked both Mr Simpson's firm and Mr Steele in recent months and also questioned the impartiality of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department in an apparent effort to discredit Mr Mueller's probe.

Mr Simpson defended the research file, which purported to show financial and personal links between Mr Trump, his advisers and Moscow.

The special counsel's team of investigators has expressed interest in speaking with Trump, but no details have been worked out. "It was a long history of associations with people accused of involvement in criminal activity". That decision marks the most serious break yet in the once cooperative relationship she has had with the Republican chairman of the committee, Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa. The release of the transcript does not, however, break any laws, as Trump suggests it might.

"Well, I don't have any additional facts" said Simpson, who didn't have a name for the person being blackmailed.

On Wednesday, CNN's Manu Raju got a reaction from the senator himself, who emphasized the "problems" Feinstein has created for the committee and the investigation.

The Judiciary Committee is one of a number of congressional committees, in the House and Senate, that are investigating Russian involvement in the 2016 elections.

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