Sen. Whitehouse: Release of Fusion GPS Transcript Refutes GOP Distortions


Sen. Whitehouse: Release of Fusion GPS Transcript Refutes GOP Distortions

President Donald Trump is lashing out at Sen.

Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the Senate Judiciary Committee testimony of Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of Fusion GPS and "among the most significant players in the Trump-Russia affair, "The New York Times writes".

There are 1 comment on the Fox News story from Wednesday, titled Trump blasts "sneaky Dianne Feinstein" for releasing Fusion GPS transcript. She released the transcript of Glenn Simpson's interview over the objections of the committee's Republican chairman, Iowa Sen.

He went on to call for Feinstein to face a "tough" primary challenge in her 2018 reelection campaign.

But a source close to Fusion GPS told The Hill on Tuesday that Simpson misspoke, mischaracterizing a tip from that an Australian diplomat gave the bureau related to Trump campaign aide George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosMueller team questions how much Trump knew on Russian Federation contacts: report Papadopoulos lied to FBI out of loyalty to Trump: report White House was not aware Clovis testified before grand jury: report MORE.

"Chris said he was very concerned about whether this represented a national security threat and said he wanted to - he said he thought we were obligated to tell someone in government, in our government about this information", Simpson said.

The dossier was written by former British MI6 agent Christopher Steele. Dianne Feinstein of being "underhanded and a disgrace" for disclosing details of a dossier of allegations about his ties to Russian Federation during the presidential campaign. Grassley in the dark, and suggested it was because of a "bad cold".

As reported last night, the file has been central to these investigations, with Democrats claiming it to be a roadmap to alleged collusion and corruption by Trump whereas Republicans and Trump's inner circle insisting that it is filled with unverified claims that the FBI may have used to improperly to secure a warrant to spy on Trump's campaign and transition. That has angered Democrats, who say those probes are distractions from the Russian Federation investigations.

Following his lead, several GOP-led committees are now investigating whether the dossier formed the basis for the FBI's initial investigations.

On January 4, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles E. Grassley and Senator Lindsey Graham criminally referred Steele to Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein and Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray for giving false statements "regarding his distribution of information contained in the dossier".

The criminal referral urged the DOJ to examine whether Steele made false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation "about the distribution of claims" contained in the dossier.

He said: "He has golf courses in Scotland and Ireland and one of the facets of United Kingdom company law is that private companies have to file public financial statements".

Grassley and Republican Sen. Shortly after, Feinstein released the transcript.

It was unclear what Trump meant by saying that Republicans should take control.