Senate Democrats Just Released the Full Fusion GPS Testimony
10 January, 2018, 01:40 | Author: Brenda Erickson
Simpson of Fusion GPS, took place last summer and was expected to shed light on the origins of the firm's work, its concerns about the Trump campaign's activities, and what the F.B.I. may have done with the information.
A top Democrat has released the transcript from testimony by Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson.
The Washington research firm has been under attack by the White House and Republican lawmakers over the dossier, which is central to investigations in Congress and by a federal special counsel into allegations that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election to help Trump win.
Feinstein's decision to release the transcript came after an op-ed published by Simpson and fellow Fusion GPS co-founder Peter Fritsch, in which they called for the transcripts to be made public and accused Republicans of concealing their testimony.
The dossier is a compilation of memos written by Steele during the 2016 campaign that contained allegations of connections between Trump and Russian Federation, including that Trump had been compromised by the Kremlin. "It's political rhetoric to call the dossier phony".
Three separate congressional committees are investigating Russian tampering in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign: the Senate judiciary and intelligence committees, and the House intelligence committee. Simpson would not name the source. "So, you know, that tells you something about somebody", Simpson said during the testimony, regarding Trump's relationship with Sater.
The transcript of the interview was released on Tuesday.
Instead, the person said Tuesday, the episode Simpson was apparently referring to involved communication between George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign who has since pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and an Australian diplomat.
The congressional panel is one of three investigating the Russian Federation matter.
One person familiar with the probe said Simpson's comments misrepresent what had actually happened - that it was an Australian official who reached out to the United States in late July with concerns about a conversation months earlier in London with Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos. But Burr has also said the committee was not focused on "criminal acts" but a larger picture. "The American people deserve the opportunity to see what he said and judge for themselves", said Feinstein.
"The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public", she said. However, a person close to the investigation said Fusion GPS has long anxious that Steele's sources could be in danger, given a handful of killings that took place in the months after the dossier's existence became known. "Feinstein for her courage".
In an angry statement, Grassley said that "neither the special counsel, nor any other congressional committee, has released transcripts of private interviews in the course of their investigations". Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas told reporters that the release was a "good idea" and that transparency is important as they work to understand the impact of the dossier.
The demand comes one week after Grassley and Sen.
Democrats on the committee said they were not consulted ahead of the Republicans' referral to the Department of Justice. Democrats criticized the move, saying they were targeting someone who had reported wrongdoing, not committed it.
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