Simpson's testimony provided a behind-the-scenes view of how the dossier was compiled from memos that Steele wrote after communicating with his sources in Russian Federation. BuzzFeed published the unsubstantiated allegations last January. Towards the end of the day, Jason Foster, who serves as Chief Investigative Counsel for committee Chairman Sen.
Feinstein countered by releasing the Simpson transcript, a move that at least one senior Republican applauded. In a statement today, she says that the, quote, "innuendo and misinformation", as she describes it, around the transcript are part of an ongoing effort to undermine the special counsel's investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
Simpson was interviewed by the committee for 10 hours on August 22.
In a statement, Fusion GPS said it "commends Sen".
Trump continues to give people who oppose his style of leadership derogatory nicknames.
Natalia Veselnitskaya was Prevezon's lawyer in Russian Federation so Simpson interacted with her when Fusion was working on the Prevezon case.
"It has helped journalists explain to their audience the investigation into Russian influence on the 2016 election", he said.
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.
The California Democrat said she made the transcript public because she felt the American people had the right to know what the firm's leaders said about a dossier of Russia-related information about Trump.
LUCAS: We don't. Simpson doesn't say.
Several people familiar with the probe said Simpson's comments refer to a report from an Australian official who contacted USA officials in late July with concerns about a conversation months earlier in London with Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos. Asked to clarify whether the source was part of Trump's campaign or Trump's business, Simpson declined to comment. Trump's lawyers have previously stated their determination to cooperate with requests in the probe, which has already resulted in charges against four of Trump's campaign advisers.
Republicans have argued that the tangled history of Fusion GPS's research - it was first backed by anti-Trump Republicans and then by Democrats during the 2016 race - raised doubts about the credibility of investigations into whether any of Trump's aides assisted Russia's efforts to meddle in the election. It contains salacious and unverified allegations against Trump and his associates. Steele was reportedly hired by Fusion GPS in June 2016, and his work product became the controversial dossier. But since the Senate intelligence committee wouldn't release the transcript, we couldn't know just how much Simpson had spilled his guts.
Levy's claim was one of the biggest bombshells from the Simpson interview.
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