Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Author of Trump dossier said feds had a mole in Trump campaign

Author of Trump dossier said feds had a mole in Trump campaign

A transcript of Senate testimony by Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson says the Federal Bureau of Investigation had a source inside then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's election campaign.

"The fact that Sneaky Dianne Feinstein, who has on numerous occasions stated that collusion between Trump/Russia has not been found, would release testimony in such an underhanded and possibly illegal way, totally without authorization, is a disgrace", Trump tweeted.

Feinstein has come under fire for releasing Simpson's testimony without notice.

Trump additionally called for Feinstein to face a primary challenge in her reelection campaign in 2018.

The California senator and top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee drew the ire of committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, earlier this week for publishing the transcript without consulting him.

The focus seems to be shifting in the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Simpson retained the former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele to dig up dirt on candidate Trump, resulting in the bogus "Steele dossier". Kevin de L-on, the California state Senate president, is challenging her from the left - charging that Feinstein hasn't been aggressive enough against Trump. Last week, Grassley made a criminal referral to the Justice Department, suggesting Steele may have lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Trump, the Republicans, and Trump's inner circle have been hard at work to discredit the dossier as politically motivated and too much a linchpin of the FBI investigation. "The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public".

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The dossier, released in full by BuzzFeed, allegedly showed evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, but also included salacious information about the president.

If not for Steele's file, the GOP reasoning goes, the FBI would never have started down the path of investigating Trump, which would never have led to FBI Director James Comey approaching Trump about the file; absent this, Comey would never have been fired, there would be no Mueller probe, and all would be right with the world.

"America's greatness is enshrined in the words written on the Statue of Liberty: 'Give me your exhausted, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.' It's been said that America is an idea". Shortly after, Feinstein released the transcript.

Regarding criticism from Republican Sen.

While Simpson has accused conservative lawmakers of acting in bad faith, Republicans have accused Steele, while working for Fusion GPS, of misleading the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"My understanding was that they believed Chris at this point - that they believed Chris 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", Simpson said.

It was unclear what Trump meant by saying that Republicans should take control.

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