The ex-British spy who authored a dossier of allegations against then-US presidential candidate Donald Trump was told the Federal Bureau of Investigation had someone inside the Trump campaign providing agents with information, according to a newly-released transcript of a congressional interview.
Trump attacked Feinstein, D-Calif., for releasing a transcript of private testimony from Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson on Tuesday - testimony from last summer that Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have declined to release.
He went on to call for Feinstein to face a "tough" primary challenge in her 2018 reelection campaign.
Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate judiciary committee, said she released the transcript because "the American people deserve the opportunity to see what he said and judge for themselves".
The Senate Judiciary Committee is one of three congressional panels investigating Russia's alleged activities in the 2016 United States presidential election and claims of collusion with the Trump campaign.
In his op-ed, Smith asserted that the dossier provided critical context for the American public to understand the actions of the various political players in the metastasizing investigation of Trump and his campaign's ties to Russian Federation.
Simpson said a dossier, which contained unverified allegations that Russian Federation had been cultivating Trump for years and had gathered compromising information on Trump, contained all the memos Steele had produced for Fusion GPS, and that neither Fusion nor Simpson selected the content or edited the memos.
The material wasn't classified, and Feinstein said Wednesday that she didn't do anything illegal.
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Cohen told Bloomberg News he will prove that he "had no involvement in this Russian collusion conspiracy" and the dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele includes Cohen's name "only because of my proximity to the president".
Grassley called the release "disappointing" and his office put out a statement saying it "undermines the integrity of the committee's oversight work and jeopardizes its ability to secure candid voluntary testimony".
Grassley said in an angry news release on Tuesday that he was "confounded" by the release and argued that it could undermine attempts to get additional witnesses.
He faulted the company for recklessly distributing the dossier and allowing it to "fall into the hands of media devoted to breaking news on the hottest subject of the day: the Trump candidacy". This may be so, but I find it about as credible as Simpson's assertion that Steele had the superhuman power to distinguish fact from fiction when dealing with his sources.
Feinstein is the top Democrat on the committee.
Cohen is a central figure in the dossier, which alleges an effort by high ranking officials in Russian Federation to develop a relationship with the Trump campaign.
Feinstein's action comes alongside an effort by Republicans to discredit the dossier as a politically motivated document that the FBI has relied too heavily upon in its investigation.