Democratic senator releases Fusion GPS testimony in Russian Federation probe

Democratic senator releases Fusion GPS testimony in Russian Federation probe

Democratic senator releases Fusion GPS testimony in Russian Federation probe

In the transcript, Simpson said Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the dossier, took it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and said his concern was "whether or not there was blackmail going on, whether a political candidate was being blackmailed or had been compromised".

Here are some highlights from the transcript released Tuesday of Glenn Simpson's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Simpson and Fusion co-founder Peter Fritsch had urged the committee's Republican leaders to release transcripts of their testimony in a New York Times opinion piece last Tuesday entitled "The Republicans' Fake Investigations". Mr. Grassley last week rejected the firm's request to release the transcript, citing concerns that its release could taint the committee's ongoing investigations related to Russia's election meddling and the F.B.I.'s response. Dianne Feinstein of California.

Grassley and Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.

"Her action undermines the integrity of the committee's oversight work and jeopardizes its ability to secure candid voluntary testimony", said Grassley spokesman Taylor Foy.

Feinstein said she released the transcript to set the record straight. "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".

A representative for Fusion GPS did not immediately offer a comment. Clinton Campaign, DNC funded Dossier. A dossier compiled by Fusion GPS with the help of former British spy Christopher Steele alleged collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and the Russian government. Russian Federation has denied allegations of election meddling and Trump denies any collusion by his campaign with Moscow.

Simpson gave testimony before the committee in August.

"I understand Chris severed his relationship with the FBI out of concern that he didn't know what was happening inside the FBI and there was a concern that the FBI was being manipulated for political ends by the Trump people", Simpson told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Simpson then declined to answer a follow-up question. He wouldn't put words in their mouth, " the transcript says.

"Somebody's already been killed as a result of the publication of this dossier, and no harm should come to anybody related to this honest work", Levy added.

Levy did not expand on that claim in the interview, nor is there any public information that would tie a specific killing to information in the dossier.

Fusion GPS was first hired in 2015 by a conservative donor to investigate Trump's background in the early stages of the Republican presidential nominating process.

In closed-door testimony with the Senate Judiciary Committee previous year, Simpson was asked by investigators if Fusion GPS took steps to "assess the credibility" of sources used by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, who compiled the dossier.

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