Release of dossier transcript a step for transparency

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning again labeled the probe into potential coordination between his associates and Russian Federation the "single greatest witch hunt" in United States history. Suffice it to say, he wasn't thrilled. In a 312-page transcript of Simpson's August 2017 interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee, Simpson's attorney also said it was unsafe to discuss the dossier's sources because its public release previous year had already led to murder. But Billionaire activist Tom Steyer, long rumored to be pondering a bid, will not get in the race - according to the L.A. Times. Steele, who is based in London, drew upon a range of sources, including figures linked to Russian intelligence, to compile the dossier. So yes, the release of the transcript by the committee's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, is in a sense kind of returned fire.

A released Senate transcript shows dossier paymaster Glenn Simpson had pure praise for the work of dossier writer Christopher Steele - an assessment disputed by intelligence professionals who have studied the product.

Mr Trump has denied allegations his campaign colluded with Russian Federation and his lawyer is suing Buzzfeed, which first published the dossier, for defamation.

Instead of being the source of the FBI investigations, Simpson claimed that the FBI was already on to the Russians, not least because our Australian allies warned us that the Russians claimed to have dirt on Clinton, which they learned because George Papadopoulos, a Trump advisor, was bragging about it to an Australian diplomat.

"The dossier is, and continues to be, the subject of active investigations by Congress and intelligence agencies", BuzzFeed spokeswoman Katie Rayford told Politico in a statement.

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According to Simpson, Steele replied to his reservations by saying: "Don't worry about that, I know the flawless person, I have a contact there, they'll listen to me, they know who I am, I'll take care of it", referring to the ex-spy's alleged connection to someone in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Lindsey Graham, used it on January 5 in issuing a "criminal referral" against Steele to the Justice Department. He asserted that releasing the transcript might have been illegal, but gave no reason or law Feinstein might have violated.

The United States intelligence community believes that the Russian government was engaged in electoral interference during the 2016 US presidential election.

Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen sued Buzzfeed Inc. on Tuesday for defamation over allegations about him in a dossier the news organization published that was commissioned in 2016 by the president's political opponents.

Specifically, Simpson was asked during the interview what Steele had gathered that had made him concerned about the possibility Trump would be blackmailed.

Grassley and Graham, who co-authored the letter referring Steele for a criminal inquiry and together have led the Senate charge for a second special counsel to review the FBI's conduct, say the steps panel Republicans have taken are legitimate.

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