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Fusion GPS: Trump-Russia firm chief's transcript released

12 Janvier 2018

The Senate committee has been probing how the Federal Bureau of Investigation handled allegations it received from a British ex-spy, Christopher Steele, who compiled a series of memorandums, later collected as a dossier, alleging that the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin - a claim the president has repeatedly denied.

Christopher Steele told the political research firm that hired him, Fusion GPS, that what he uncovered from Russian sources was serious enough to bring to the attention of US law enforcement authorities, according to a transcript released on Tuesday.

The Republican senator said he was disappointed that Feinstein released the transcript of an interview with the co-founder of Fusion GPS, the company behind the controversial Trump dossier.

It was released on Tuesday by Dianne Feinstein, the most senior Democrat on the judiciary committee. Republican-led committees are looking into whether the dossier was what led to the initial FBI investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials in the 2016 election. So, you know, a trained intelligence officer can spot disinformation that you or I might not recognize, certainly that was Chris' skill, and he honed in on this issue of blackmail as being a significant national security issue.

"A$3 s the lawyer for Prevezon, Veselnitskaya would have arranged for Prevezon to pay Baker Hostetler which paid us", Simpson said.

"And now only because it's going to come out in a court case, they said yes they did it, they admitted it".

Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is up for re-election this year and has served in the Senate since 1992.

Mr Simpson told congressional investigators: "My understanding was that [the FBI] believed Chris at this point - that..."

That death was on the mind of Mr Simpson's attorney as he gave evidence. "Their posture toward Mr. Trump was, we now know even more comprehensively than we did in January 2017, shaped by (ex-British intelligence agent Christopher) Steele's report". "It's political rhetoric to call the dossier phony".

Grassley and Republican Sen.

Senate judiciary committee chairman Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham said they had passed a classified memorandum to the DoJ relating to communications between Mr Steele and "multiple USA news outlets".

Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley has resisted the release of the transcript while the committee has yet to complete its investigation. "There weren't any leaks out of my committee", he said.

"But more importantly, Feinstein's unilateral decision was made as the committee is still trying to secure testimony from other witnesses, including Jared Kushner", spokesperson Taylor Foy said in a statement. He says she released the testimony "totally without authorization".

After the government settled the Prevezon case out of court past year, two lawyers at the firm penned an opinion for The Wall Street Journal in October 2017 urging Trump to pardon anyone suspected of involvement with alleged Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential race. But for now, the odd spinning of the Simpson interview as supporting the tangled Clinton-Fusion-Steele story puts critics of the Trump-Russian investigation in the lead for conspiracy theorizing's gold medal - or perhaps one made of tin foil.

Fusion GPS: Trump-Russia firm chief's transcript released