Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Feinstein Puts Out Fusion GPS Founder's Russia Interview

Feinstein Puts Out Fusion GPS Founder's Russia Interview

The partisan fight over the so-called Trump dossier is intensifying on Capitol Hill.

California Senator Dianne Feinstein went against the wishes of her Republican counterpart on the Judiciary Committee and released the entire transcript of the testimony of a key figure in the Russian Federation collusion probe.

According to the interview with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn R. Simpson, the person who compiled the dossier, British ex-spy Christopher Steele, had contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation with concerns about Trump.

According to a CNN report, lawyers for President Donald Trump are anticipating a request for the President to talk to special counsel Robert Mueller.

"It's totally confounding", said a Grassley spokesman, Taylor Foy. After a week-plus of back and forth, Senator Dianne Feinstein finally released the transcript of Fusion GPS' testimony to Congress.

Simpson and Fritsch accused Republicans on the committee of withholding information from Simpson's August 2017 interview in order to undermine the veracity of the dossier. He also offered to have Simpson testify publicly. In his recent New York Times op-ed column (written with his colleague Peter Fritsch), Simpson complained about Republicans' leak of selected details from his testimony to various congressional committees. Lindsey Graham wrote to the Justice Department to recommend criminal charges against Steele.

Simpson described talking to Steele after the former British spy had met with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Rome.

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On "Fox & Friends First", Gaetz pointed out that the dossier was paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC, and he questioned if it was the impetus behind the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. But what he does tell investigators is that the individual approached the Federal Bureau of Investigation with similar concerns as Steele.

"The problem with that is that if you make too strong of an ultimatum, then President Trump can use that against us", Whitehouse said.

On Monday, two Democrats on the Judiciary committee, Rhode Island Sen.

On Monday, Democratic Sens.

Senator Grassley, who at almost every turn has worked to protect President Trump, on Tuesday blasted Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who released the bombshell transcript just a few hours earlier.

Minutes after he slammed Feinstein on Twitter on Wednesday, Trump turned to the Russian Federation investigation, which he called the "single greatest Witch Hunt in American history" and added that "Russia & the world is laughing at the stupidity they are witnessing".

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