The name of Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's attorney, comes up only toward the end of the lengthy testimony provided to the Senate by Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, a research firm connected to the famous "Russia dossier".
Eventually, Fusion GPS hired Christopher Steele, a former British spy who had worked in Russian Federation in the 1990s, to reach out to his sources there.
Again and again, the transcript shows Republican lawyers on the committee asking questions meant to substantiate the Trumpist narrative, particularly about whether Fusion GPS had been hired with the specific aim of starting an F.B.I. investigation. Chuck Grassley, the committee's chairman, calling on him to release the transcript of the committee's interview with Simpson, but Grassley refused to do so.
Here are some highlights from the transcript released Tuesday of Glenn Simpson's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., another member of the committee, last week sent a classified letter urging the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation of Steele.
He said the research began as a general inquiry into Trump's business background, a typical function of opposition researchers during presidential campaigns, and only later focused on questions about his relations with Russian Federation. Simpson told congressional leaders that the FBI found the dossier credible because an undisclosed "human source" associated with Trump had offered the bureau corroborating information.
By the time Steele sat down with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in September, an Australian diplomat had passed to us officials details of his conversation with Papadopoulos, who seemed to know that the Russians possessed hacked Democratic emails.
Cohen also filed a separate suit against Fusion GPS, the research firm that was behind the document.
Christopher Steele 'has a sterling reputation as a person who doesn't exaggerate, doesn't make things up, ' according to the co-founder of Fusion GPS. "Keeping the reporting process wrapped in mystery only helps those who oppose the free press", said Smith. Although it contained no bombshells, Simpson's testimony indicates that Steele was so troubled by what he found that he contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to alert it to what he considered a possible crime.
One of the interesting things that came out of it was Glenn Simpson talking about Christopher Steele's interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in September-October of 2016.
It was released by the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen.
Both Mr Cohen's lawsuits claim the dossier contained "false and defamatory" allegations about him that resulted in "harm to his personal and professional reputation, current business interests, and the impairment of business opportunities", ABC News reported.
Feinstein countered by releasing the Simpson transcript, a move that at least one senior Republican applauded.
A spokesman for Grassley called it "totally confounding that Senator Feinstein would unilaterally release a transcript of a witness interview in the middle of an ongoing investigation".
Steele authored a dossier that revealed several alarming issues about Trump, including his questionable business dealings within Russian Federation as well as an alleged incident involving the candidate previously hiring prostitutes to urinate on a bed once slept in by former President Barack Obama.