Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Feinstein Releases Fusion GPS Founder's Testimony on Trump Dossier

Feinstein Releases Fusion GPS Founder's Testimony on Trump Dossier

Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse and Richard Blumenthal both called on Grassley to release the transcript Monday, complaining about leaks and a referral by Grassley of dossier author Christopher Steele to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution.

Riven by partisan conflict, the committee appears to be on track to produce two reports - one from each party.

Feinstein released the testimony after the panel's Republican chairman, Charles Grassley, on Friday called for a criminal investigation into former British spy Christopher Steele, who was working for Fusion GPS when he compiled a "dossier" of allegations of financial and personal links between Trump, his advisers and Russian Federation.

The former British intelligence agent who compiled the controversial dossier on Donald Trump said the Federal Bureau of Investigation told him the agency had a "source" inside Trump's presidential campaign, according to a transcript of a Senate interview released Tuesday.

Last week, Fusion GPS also demanded that Grassley release the transcript.

Dianne Feinstein released the transcript from an August closed-door committee interview with Glenn Simpson after the Republican chairman of the committee, Iowa Sen.

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A Grassley spokesperson, in a statement, called Feinstein's release of the transcript "confounding" and said her action "undermines the integrity of the committee's oversight work and jeopardizes its ability to secure candid voluntary testimony relating to the independent recollections of future witnesses".

Fusion GPS was first hired in 2015 by a conservative donor to investigate Trump's background in the early stages of the Republican presidential nominating process. Fusion GPS worked for the law firm hired by Prevezon.

The resulting memos, written over the summer and fall of 2016, were explosive: They alleged that the Russian government had compromising material on the president and that Trump's campaign colluded with Russia to defeat Clinton during the presidential elections.

The dossier, which Simpson has described as more of a series of memos, went on to describe a web of relationships between Trump associates and Russians, as well as an infamous unverified passage about Trump's supposed conduct in a Moscow hotel room. He invited Mr. Simpson to instead testify publicly.

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