Glenn Simpson, founder of Fusion GPS, which commissioned former British spy Christopher Steele to write the dossier, told Senate investigators in August that Steele indicated the Federal Bureau of Investigation "had other intelligence about this matter from an internal Trump campaign source", according an interview transcript released Tuesday.
Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday unilaterally released a highly anticipated transcript of the committee's interview with one of the founders of the firm that produced a salacious and unsubstantiated dossier outlining a Russian effort to aid the Trump campaign.
Trump dubbed Feinstein "Sneaky Dianne" and claimed that she released Simpson's testimony from August "in such an underhanded and possibly illegal way".
The tweet came during the president's reported extended "executive time", additional time in the mornings and evenings when Trump tweets, makes calls and watches cable news. "So, you know, that tells you something about somebody".
Defending the release of the transcript on Tuesday, Feinstein said it was necessary in order to combat false information circulating about the Simpson interview. He would not identify this source because "people who get in the way of the Russians tend to get hurt". Neither committee had intentions of releasing the transcripts from its interview with Simpson.
"Listen, I screw up regularly and she doesn't owe me an apology", Grassley said.
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Speculating about Feinstein's motivations, Trump added: "Must have tough Primary!" Following his lead, several GOP-led committees are now investigating whether the dossier formed the basis for the FBI's initial investigations. "The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public".
Simpson has also spoken with investigators from the House and Senate intelligence committees, which have their own investigations into Russia's election interference. The Washington Post said the committee has been probing charges that the Trump campaign "coordinated with the Kremlin", escalating the issue from mere "collusion".
"Look, this man is going to be president, most likely for the rest of this term", she said then.
Fusion did not pay Steele for his trip to Rome to meet with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, so it "makes sense that he was reimbursed by them, not us".
"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. Richard Burr. Neither senator would comment on the meeting's goal.