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New revelations about the anti-Trump-dossier
Senator Feinstein released the Senate testimony of the Fusion of the GPS-co-founder.
It was in the summer of 2016, and Fusion-GPS-co-founder Glenn Simpson with Christopher Steele, the former British spy, he recruited, together dirt to Tinker on then-presidential-candidate Donald Trump’s relations with Russia.
“He said that we should say, the FBI, it is a matter of national security,” Simpson reminded congressional investigators in August, according to a transcript of a closed door interview with the Senate judiciary Committee this week released.
The release of the Simpson-transcript from the Senate judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif, has a light thrust of the anti-Trump dossier back to the ramp. It has also filled in the holes about how the dossier ended up in the hands of the FBI.
Simpson told investigators he initially spoke with Steele about the conduct of opposition research in Trump in may or June of 2016. This was secured around the time Trump, enough delegates to clinch the GOP nomination.
“He said that we should say, the FBI, it is a matter of national security,” Fusion of GPS-co-founder Glenn Simpson said.
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The dossier does not include verified statements and controversial information about President Trump, the connections with Russia, was financed by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, Simpson told the Committee.
Simpson has confirmed that Fusion GPS initial research in trump-Russia relations was first of all, on behalf of the conservative Free Beacon, during the Republican primary, even though the website said it had no knowledge of Steele, or the dossier.
According to the transcripts of his Interviews, Simpson recalled in an interview with Steele, in the summer of 2016, of its decision, the dossier details about the FBI.
“He thought from his point of view, it is said, gave Simpson a Problem – a safety issue about whether a presidential candidate was being blackmailed,”. Simpson remembered to say, Steele, he had to think about whether you should not be told to the FBI, he was sure, who will give it.
“In any case, he said, ‘don’t worry, I know the perfect person, I have a contact there, you hear me, you know who I am, I will be reminded to take care of”,” Simpson.
In her New York Times op-ed earlier this month, Simpson and colleagues from the Fusion of GPS-co-founder Peter Fritsch is also working with Steele confirmed to share the dossier with the Arizona Republican sen. John McCain after the election. McCain said he turned the information over to the FBI.
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“We helped him to do,” Simpson and Fritsch wrote. “The aim was to alert the United States national security community is an attack on our country by a hostile foreign.”
Ultimately, says published on the liberal website BuzzFeed, the dossier online last January, airing his unverified allegations about the President.
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A few months later, in may 2017, the former FBI Director Robert Mueller, a special counsel investigation in Russia, the attempted interference in the election, was tapped to lead. The Republicans have raised the question of whether the Steele dossier was the impetus for the FBI investigation in the trump campaign on a politically motivated witch-hunt.
Trump this week called for the probe to deny a “fake cloud over this administration,” that any collusion between his campaign and Russia. But to play down in the midst of congressional inquiries, Simpson and Fritsch have the meaning of the documents, the role in sparking the investigation tries.
“We do not believe that the Steele dossier was the trigger for the FBI investigation into the Russian interference,” wrote Simpson and Fritsch. “As we of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in August, our sources said the dossier was so serious, because it confirms the had received reports of the Bureau, from other sources, including one within the trump camp.”
Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.