Trump's Lawyer Sues BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS Over Russia Dossier

Angelo Anderson
January 13, 2018

Feinstein also indicated she felt "pressured" to release the transcript but later retracted that statement and dismissed Trump's assertion that her decision was politically motivated. Hillary Clinton's campaign learned about these findings, and agreed to finance further research from Steele. And although the dossier may have brought to light critical security issues, it can not ultimately prove anything explosive about Trump that would render him unfit for the presidency. With a looming government shutdown and a wave of senior House Republican retirements, Trump's greatest peril is that Congress will flip to the Democrats in November 2018.

Mr. Morell said he did some digging after reading the dossier's 35 pages, which alleged a massive conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence.

Congress chose to look into the matter.

Feinstein said Wednesday that with the transcript's release, "people can make up their own minds" about what materialized during the committee's interview with Simpson, noting that she meant to apologize to Grassley for not notifying him first.

Simpson said Steele's concern, "which is something that counterintelligence people deal with a lot, is whether or not there was blackmail going on, whether a political candidate was being blackmailed".

More recently, Rep. Jim Himes, a Connecticut Democrat who has been trying to bolster the dossier as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, delivered a harsh critique. Just a few days later the president followed it up with another victor, calling Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein "Sneaky Dianne". 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.

Congressional Republicans and the Trump campaign have tried to discredit the dossier as a partisan effort cooked up by the Clinton campaign. It is a collection of information that would not pass muster with the Central Intelligence Agency or the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

As the seriousness of the Russian Federation investigation has become clearer, the pro-Trump line has shifted from dismissing the dossier to stressing its role in the investigation: The dossier, some of Mr. Trump's defenders now say, played too big a part, given that a portion of Mr. Steele's funding came from political enemies of Mr. Trump, including the Democratic National Committee. Simpson suggested that, in his understanding, this source was moved to share information for reasons of conscience.

That session at the Justice Department, confirmed by Fox News, came after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray agreed to make the documents available to lawmakers under pressure from Nunes. It's possible, however, that Simpson was referencing a second, intentional informant.

Feinstein also sits on the Senate intelligence committee, which is conducting its own investigation into the Russian interference and whether Trump's campaign was in any way involved.

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