Feinstein on Tuesday released the full transcript of the committee's interview with Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of the opposition research firm that produced the explosive dossier detailing alleged ties between Trump and Russian Federation. Dianne Feinstein released the Senate testimony of Glenn Simpson - the owner of Fusion GPS, which produced the controversial "dossier" on Donald Trump - the president was furious.
Feinstein on Tuesday released transcript from the Senate Judiciary Committee's August interview with Glenn Simpson, of Fusion GPS.
The Senate committee has been probing how the Federal Bureau of Investigation handled allegations it received from a British ex-spy, Christopher Steele, who compiled a series of memorandums, later collected as a dossier, alleging that the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin - a claim the president has repeatedly denied.
It comes amid reports that Glenn Simpson, who leads Fusion GPS, testified in August that the Federal Bureau of Investigation received intelligence from a "voluntary source" in Mr Trump's circle in 2016.
Trump on Wednesday went further, branding Feinstein's move as "underhanded" and potentially illegal. As The Hill explains, a challenging primary is unlikely as California's primary system rewards the highest two finishers, no matter party affiliation, and Feinstein's only notable challenger at this level is a Democrat.
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Simpson told the committee that his associate, the former British intelligence operative Christopher Steele, sat down for a "full debriefing" with an Federal Bureau of Investigation contact in Rome in September 2016. He refused to release transcripts of a key witness's testimony and, last week, Grassley and Sen. Feinstein said last week she wasn't consulted on the referral and called it an attempt to deflect attention. Trump has slammed the contents of the dossier as a "pile of garbage", although some aspects of the dossier are starting to seem accurate.
Several Republican-led committees are now probing whether the document formed the basis for the FBI's initial investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race. The Washington Post said the committee has been probing charges that the Trump campaign "coordinated with the Kremlin", escalating the issue from mere "collusion". "The innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript are part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice".
She said Wednesday that she felt "pressured" to release the transcript, though she later denied saying that.
"It will be proven that I had no involvement in this Russian collusion conspiracy", Cohen said in an interview on Tuesday.
During a senate judiciary committee, the Republicans found that Christopher Steele had passed details from the dossier to "multiple U.S. news outlets".