Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Democrats want Senate to release Trump dossier firm's testimony

Mueller who is leading the Russia investigation. Credit Doug Mills  The New York Times Mueller who is leading the Russia investigation. Credit Doug Mills The New York Times
Lillian Steele | 10 January, 2018, 01:41

A top Democrat has released the transcript from testimony by Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson. Chuck Grassley, declined to.

Steele's dossier has come under intense scrutiny, with Republicans questioning whether the document spurred the FBI's investigation into Trump's presidential campaign. A dossier compiled by Fusion GPS with the help of former British spy Christopher Steele alleged collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Republicans and Democrats have tangled in recent weeks over the origins of the dossier, which was funded in part by Trump's political opponents, and how the FBI and other agencies may have used the dossier in their investigations.

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Blumenthal: "Credible case" of obstruction of justice can be made against Trump MORE (D-Calif.) posted the entire transcript of Simpson's testimony on Tuesday after a feud erupted between Fusion GPS and Judiciary Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Thanks to the farm lobby, the USA is stuck with a broken ethanol policy MORE (R-Iowa). Mr Simpson, this source said, had mischaracterised a tip from an Australian diplomat about Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos.

The congressional panel is one of three investigating Russia's activities in the election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

"The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public", she said.

In an angry statement, Grassley said that "neither the special counsel, nor any other congressional committee, has released transcripts of private interviews in the course of their investigations".

Mr. Simpson has also spoken with investigators from the House and Senate intelligence committees, which have their own investigations into Russia's election interference.

"The American people deserve the facts", Sen.

An attorney for Fusion GPS's co-founder said that someone was killed as a result of the Trump-Russia dossier.

Last week Simpson, a former journalist, requested that the committee release the transcript in an op-ed in the New York Times, writing: "the public still has much to learn about a man with the most troubling business past of any United States president". "Feinstein for her courage".

Grassley spokesman Taylor Foy said that Feinstein released the transcript without consulting Grassley and suggested it could jeopardize the committee's ability to interview future witnesses. That decision marks the most serious break yet in the cooperative relationship she has had with the Republican chairman of the committee, Sen. Democrats criticized the move, saying they were targeting someone who had reported wrongdoing, not committed it.

Simpson's testimony, however, was not accurate, according to a person close to Fusion.

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