Trump Lashes Out at Feinstein for Releasing Transcript
- Author: Arturo Norris Jan 13, 2018,
Jan 13, 2018, 9:26
Fusion GPS hired the former spy, Christopher Steele, to investigate Trump's business dealings with Russian Federation.
Ty Cobb, the White House special counsel for the Russian Federation investigation, said Tuesday afternoon that he had not gotten a chance to look at Simpson's interrogation transcript. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., blunts charges by Republicans that the FBI and Justice Department used politically funded agitprop to launch an investigation into Trump's potential Russian Federation connections - one that continues to this day. "However, in the course of an ongoing investigation with witness interviews yet to be completed, releasing transcripts could jeopardize the integrity of the committee's work".
Simpson and Fusion GPS were hired in 2016 to do opposition research on Trump, first by a conservative donor and later by Hillary Clinton's campaign.
The dossier itself was written by former British M16 intelligence agent Christopher Steele and has come under fire from Trump and his allies as politically motivated. The Washington Post said the committee has been probing charges that the Trump campaign "coordinated with the Kremlin", escalating the issue from mere "collusion". It also describes lascivious behavior that might embarrass Trump or could have been used as leverage to influence him. Last week, two top Republican senators made public that they asked the Justice Department to investigate Steele for allegedly lying about how he disseminated the dossier.
"The American people deserve the opportunity", Feinstein said, to learn more about the explosive document that Trump and Republican lawmakers have disparaged as fiction.
Senate Democrats released a new report documenting Russian President Putin's decades-long effort to undermine democracy; Catherine Herridge goes in-depth for 'Special Report'. Trump has been tweeting about pay received by Fusion from Clinton and other Democrats, and the "COMPLETE FRAUD" of a dossier produced by a Fusion contractor, which Trump alleges sparked the FBI's investigation of him.
But if Simpson is telling the truth in only two central contentions - that the FBI investigation predated Steele's work, and that Steele was concerned about the FBI's lean to Trump, rather than to Clinton - then his testimony unravels what was already a conspiracy theory of enormous proportions. Simpson did say "the DOJ has rules against law enforcement getting involved in investigations in the middle of a campaign and this was obviously - you know this obviously became a huge issue".
The Wall Street Journal's editorial board attacked Simpson and Fusion last week as "political hit men" who produce "dirt for hire", and accused them of "smears" and "obfuscation".
As 2017 continued, the news that the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee helped fund the dossier emerged. On Jan. 2, Simpson and fellow Fusion GPS co-founder Peter Fritsch called on congressional investigators to release their testimony. Prevezon's lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, was also present at the 2016 Trump Tower meeting. They've continued to insist in a manner more indefensible than ever that the Fusion GPS intelligence and everything associated with it, is somehow a joint Hillary Clinton and Federal Bureau of Investigation conspiracy. FBI CANNOT (after all of this time) VERIFY CLAIMS IN DOSSIER OF RUSSIA/TRUMP COLLUSION.
Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the committee, and Sen.