The result was the explosive, much-discussed and unverified dossier.
Simpson elaborated on this in the interview and said the Federal Bureau of Investigation "believed Chris's information might be credible because they had other intelligence that indicated the same thing and one of those pieces of intelligence was a human source from inside the Trump organization".
"Their [Republicans'] goal, it seems, is to discredit the investigation so that, ultimately, they can discredit any findings that are detrimental to their party or their president", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat. The Russian coincidences, as the Trump camp would like to refer to them, just kept rolling in - from a long roster of Trump campaign stakeholders who met with Russian politico Sergey Kislyak to the Manafort and Flynn connections that led to indictments.
So far, Republicans have mainly been able to shield Trump by refusing to hold public hearings with administration or campaign officials.
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And it prompted senators who were present at the meeting to answer questions Friday about their recollections of the startling remarks.
The opposition research firm executives revealed that they helped former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, the author of the discredited dossier, compile the document before delivering it to McCain and not Buzzfeed, which published the full unverified dossier following classified briefings a year ago, Breitbart News reported. With a looming government shutdown and a wave of senior House Republican retirements, Trump's greatest peril is that Congress will flip to the Democrats in November 2018.
For other critics, the Simpson transcript includes a reminder about his potentially conflicting incentives: Fusion GPS has also done work for a law firm that represented the Russian company Prevezon Holdings. Fusion GPS has told the Washington Post that it "had no prior knowledge" of that meeting and denied any involvement. Buzzfeed's decision to print its contents, even after other outlets declined, opened the organization up to questions about its ethics and editorial process.
A spokesman for the committee chairman, Sen.
He also reiterated in another tweet that there was "no collusion" with Russian Federation, and called on Republicans to "finally take control". The testimony was not classified, so there was nothing stopping her from doing what the Republican chair of the committee, Sen.
That allegation has been disputed by the president, his bodyguard who was present during that trip, and has not been verified by US intelligence agencies, and believed by Russia experts to be typical Russian disinformation. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., who also sits on the Judiciary Committee. "The American people deserve the opportunity to see what he said and judge for themselves", Feinstein said in a statement. "That's obstruction of justice". Feinstein said she had a "cold" and suggested that affected her "faculties".