Dianne Feinstein, the Democratic senator from California, has released the full transcript of a congressional interview with the co-founder of Fusion GPS. The company is already the object of death threats, and at least one person in Russian Federation has already been murdered as a result of the publication of the "dossier", really a series of short reports or memoranda that former British intelligence officer and Russian Federation expert Steele produced for Simpson's company.
Simpson told Congress, in his prevaricating and often defensive testimony, that Steele allegedly went to the Federal Bureau of Investigation because he believed the Kremlin had the goods on Trump.
The dossier is a compilation of memos written by Mr Steele during the 2016 campaign that contained allegations of connections between Mr Trump and Russian Federation, including that Mr Trump had been compromised by the Kremlin.
But according to Simpson's testimony, Steele thought the Federal Bureau of Investigation would deem his claims credible because its person inside the campaign would corroborate them.
During his testimony, Simpson said Trump's statement that he didn't know Felix Sater, who allegedly has links to organized crime in Russian Federation, is false.
The special counsel's team of investigators has expressed interest in speaking with Trump, but no details have been worked out.
Feinstein had the authority to make the transcript public as the committee's top Democrat, he said. And Feinstein is a powerfully placed female lawmaker with a reputation on Capitol Hill that allows her to take on Trump from a position of authority and credibility - all qualities that existed before, but have now taken on increased political importance following a cultural reckoning that called out powerful men who abused their power and sought to elevate women's voices.
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Regarding criticism from Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, issued a criminal referral last week for Steele, alleging the committee had reason to believe that the former spy had lied to authorities about his conversations with the press regarding the dossier.
Simpson would not answer whether payment came through an intermediary and did not agree that Fusion GPS was a Democrat-linked firm.
Fusion GPS is now being investigated by the Senate Judiciary Committee for the controversial dossier it produced on then-presidential candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 elections.
Feinstein released the 312-page document unilaterally, without the knowledge of committee Chairman Sen.
Republicans were not pleased with Ms. Feinstein's actions, however, and accused her of undermining the committee's work.
A separate investigation by the House Intelligence Committee led by chairman Devin Nunes is trying to establish whether opposition research from Fusion GPS on Trump formed the basis of the FBI's investigation into allegations that Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation.
Fusion GPS was first hired by The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website, in September 2015. As an example, he testified that at The Wall Street Journal he produced multiple stories unfavorable to Democrats, including a story that led to the resignation of an Obama campaign chair.