Trump blasts 'sneaky Dianne Feinstein' for releasing Fusion GPS transcript

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, revealed the transcript from an August closed-door interview with Glenn Simpson, a co-founder of the political opposition research firm Fusion GPS. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), to the objection of its chair, Sen.

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. He has also talked to the House and Senate intelligence committees. Dianne Feinstein did by releasing the transcript of the Senate Judiciary Committee's full interview with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson was "a disgrace".

Simpson said he assessed the credibility of the information that Steele provided him by looking at the reliability of Steele as a source and at whether the information made any sense. "Essentially, what he told me was they had other intelligence about this matter from an internal Trump campaign source and that - that they - my understanding was that they believed Chris at this point - that they believed Chris'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". These are things that have been explored, but a lot of these things have never been confirmed.

Simpson said he hired Steele as a subcontractor in May or June 2016 to look into Trump's business dealings in Russian Federation and to find out what Trump did on various trips to Russian Federation. We reported this last month.

"He was the lead Russianist at MI6 (the British intelligence agency) prior to leaving the government and an extremely well-regarded investigator, researcher, and, as I say, we're friends and share interest in Russian kleptocracy and organized crime issues", Simpson told the Judiciary Committee. His lawyer, Josh Levy, backed up that statement, saying: "Somebody's already been killed as a result of the publication of this dossier and no harm should come to anybody related to this honest work".

The New York Times reported in late December that the federal inquiry began after Australian officials informed the USA government in July 2016 that a Trump campaign advisor drunkenly bragged about his Russian contacts to an Australian diplomat in London that May.

That information came during a session of drinking with a campaign aide, George Papadopoulos.

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