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US Democratic senator releases Fusion GPS testimony in Russian Federation probe

US Democratic senator releases Fusion GPS testimony in Russian Federation probe

Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson had asked that a transcript of his 10 hours of testimony before Senate Judiciary Committee staff be made public, Feinstein said. Dianne Feinstein made the right decision to release testimony of Glenn Simpson, head of the research firm behind the dossier, but said such partisan acts emphasize the need for the special counsel's case.

Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS, was questioned in August 2017 by Judiciary Committee investigators about the dossier commissioned by his firm, which contained salacious and unverified material on President Donald Trump's purported ties to Russian Federation. "The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public".

Defending the release of the transcript on Tuesday, Feinstein said it was necessary in order to combat false information circulating about the Simpson interview. Simpson has denied that it did and, according to the transcript, told investigators that the Federal Bureau of Investigation told Steele that the government also had intelligence from "an internal Trump campaign source".

So, what we learned in this transcript today was that Christopher Steele came to believe that the FBI actually had a lot of information outside of the dossier to open this investigation into Trump and Russian Federation.

When he first publicly acknowledged the existence of the investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties to the Kremlin last March, then-FBI Director James Comey said the inquiry had begun in July 2016.

The transcript's release comes less than a week after two influential Republican members of the Judiciary Committee recommended that the Justice Department launch a criminal investigation into Steele.

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Steele told Simpson about the Rome meeting in early October.

In a New York Times op-ed earlier this month, Simpson indicated that he had told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Fusion GPS' investigations were being corroborated by information the FBI was receiving from its own sources, including information from "inside the Trump camp".

Simpson said he was surprised by the information that Steele provided to him in the initial memos that later became part of the infamous dossier.

"There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there was no collusion, & yet on and on it goes". "You know, initially we didn't know what do with this".

"You know, my understanding was that they would have gotten into who his sources were, how he knew certain things, and, you know, other details based on their own intelligence", Simpson said. "That would include people from the US government".


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