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Sen. Feinstein Releases Text of Interview With Fusion GPS Official

12 January 2018

The testimony, from a closed interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee in August 2017, revealed that when a committee investigator asked Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, whether he had ever tried to assess the credibility of the dossier author's sources, his lawyer explained that he could not answer that question.

Mr Simpson had requested the transcript of his 10 hours of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee be made public, the California congresswoman added. "Nefarious Russian activities, including possible interference in USA elections, can and should be investigated by Congress".

"Mr. Trump can end this madness by immediately issuing a blanket presidential pardon to anyone involved in supposed collusion with Russia or Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign, to anyone involved with Russian acquisition of an American uranium company during the Obama administration, and to anyone for any offense that has been investigated by Mr. Mueller's office", Rivkin and Casey wrote.

Simpson said he did not know who the source was, but that it was not a source in the dossier and was "someone who was concerned about the same concerns we had".

Simpson declined to name the person, citing "security" reasons.

The role of Mr Steele, who worked as an undercover agent for MI6 in Russian Federation and who now heads a consultancy group, Orbis Business Intelligence, has become increasingly controversial, amid allegations of bias.

"They believed Chris might be credible because they had other intelligence that indicated the same thing", Simpson said.

Note: Levy is likely referring to the death of Oleg Erovinkin, a former KGB general who was found dead in Moscow under mysterious circumstances. The New York Times reported last month that Papadopoulos told the diplomat that Russian Federation had thousands of emails that would embarrass Clinton and that the Australians' subsequent tip to the FBI about the conversation helped persuade the bureau to investigate potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

The Washington research firm has been under attack by the White House and Republican lawmakers over the dossier, which is central to investigations in Congress. Mr Trump and then president Barack Obama were also briefed of the material by USA intelligence.

"It is my belief that that is directly because he did not agree to lift the cloud of the Russian Federation investigation", Feinstein said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on December 3.

"The innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript are part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation", she said. The transcript released Tuesday makes no reference to Toronto.

"I think that's a good idea", said Sen.

The flimsy lie of the Clinton-FBI conspiracy was dashed by Feinstein's courageous action this week. Lindsay Graham and Chuck Grassley, who refused to release the Fusion GPS testimony despite Simpson asking him to, urged a criminal investigation of the Briton.

The transcript of the interview was released on Tuesday.

Feinstein countered by releasing the Simpson transcript, a move that at least one senior Republican applauded.

Grassley and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham referred Steele to the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week for potentially providing false statements to Senate investigators.

However, the move infuriated Republicans who say it risks undermining their investigation.

Sen. Feinstein Releases Text of Interview With Fusion GPS Official