The Only News Out of The Simpson Testimony is Republican Disgrace

The Only News Out of The Simpson Testimony is Republican Disgrace

Senator Dianne Feinstein unilaterally released on Tuesday the transcript of a congressional interview with Glenn Simpson, whose research firm was behind the dossier on alleged contacts between Donald Trump's campaign and the Russian government.

LUCAS: Well, Simpson says that the former British agent who compiled the information in the dossier - it was a man by the name of Christopher Steele - went to the Federal Bureau of Investigation after writing his initial memo in June of 2016.

Republicans, busy trying to create political cover for the White House, have waged war on the dossier and on Fusion GPS in recent months.

The California Democrat said she made the transcript public because she felt the American people had the right to know what the firm's leaders said about a dossier of Russia-related information about Trump.

Yesterday I posted 15 notes plus an afterthought on the transcript of the Senate Judiciary Committee staff interview of Fusion GPS principal Glenn Simpson.

Democrats - and even some Republicans - were alarmed last week when Grassley made a criminal referral to the Justice Department, suggesting it investigate Steele for possibly lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Senate committee is one of three congressional panels investigating Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election and claims of collusion with the Trump campaign.

The special counsel's team of investigators has expressed interest in speaking with Trump, but no details have been worked out.

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The DNC and Hillary Clinton's campaign paid Fusion GPS for the Trump dossier that the Democrats used to promote the narrative that the Trump campaign had colluded with Russian Federation.

By the time Steele sat down with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in September, an Australian diplomat had passed to USA officials details of his conversation with Papadopoulos, who seemed to know that the Russians possessed hacked Democratic emails.

Trump has attacked the dossier and called it "very fake", although its contents have not been proved or disproved. It's worth noting here that Feinstein says that Grassley didn't consult with her before referring Steele for investigation.

Last week Simpson, a former journalist, requested that the committee release the transcript in an op-ed in the New York Times, writing: "the public still has much to learn about a man with the most troubling business past of any United States president".

Steele and Fusion GPS arranged for the material to pass into the hands of Sen. The release of the transcript does not, however, break any laws, as Trump suggests it might.

Trump called the ranking Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee "Sneaky Dianne Feinstein", once again engaging in childish name-calling against a political adversary.

Cohen, who is named in the dossier, said BuzzFeed and several of its staffers defamed him by publishing the 35-page document, which contained a mix of truths, falsehoods and unverified rumours about interactions between people close to Trump and Russian figures.

Steele authored a dossier that revealed several alarming issues about Trump, including his questionable business dealings within Russian Federation as well as an alleged incident involving the candidate previously hiring prostitutes to urinate on a bed once slept in by former President Barack Obama.