Democratic report warns of Russian meddling in Europe, US

FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday

Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Dianne Feinstein who defied Republicans and released testimony a day earlier from an interview with the co-founder of Fusion GPS, the firm that commissioned a dossier of allegations about Mr. Trump's ties to Russian Federation.

Fusion GPS was the firm paid by Democrats to compile the dossier alleging ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Simpson said Fusion began getting questions from the press about whether the FBI was investigating Trump and "we encouraged them to ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation that question".

"The innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript are part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice", Feinstein, a California Democrat, said in a statement.

Here are some highlights from the transcript released Tuesday of Glenn Simpson's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The request inspired a tart back-and-forth with Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the committee's Republican chairman, but appeared to be going nowhere until Tuesday, when Ms. Feinstein took the side of Fusion.

But now congressional Republicans who are supposed to be investigating Russia's actions in the 2016 election are instead using their power to bolster Trump's counternarrative.

As the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller III has gathered momentum in recent weeks, Republicans have expanded their attacks on Fusion GPS, Steele and the FBI.

An analysis of the dossier by The Washington Times shows that Steele "made eight specific collusion charges" against Trump associates and Russian entrepreneurs.

They have raised questions about whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation may have relied on the Steele document to improperly obtain surveillance warrants to spy on Mr Trump's campaign associates.

"All we sort of wanted was for the government to do its job", Simpson said, "and we were concerned whether the information we had provided previously had ever, you know, risen to the leadership level of the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

The filings were also made against Fusion GPS, the political research firm that compiled the dossier, and Buzzfeed one day before the statute of limitations would have expired.

Feinstein would not say if she thinks Fusion GPS's bank records should be released.

Levy did not expand on that claim in the interview, nor is there any public information that would tie a specific killing to the information in the dossier. Dianne Feinstein released a crucial set of transcripts that have become the target of a protracted battle in connection with the ongoing Russian Federation investigation. The release of the transcript does not, however, break any laws, as Trump suggests it might. "Keeping the reporting process wrapped in mystery only helps those who oppose the free press", said Smith. "It's a national security issue", Simpson recalled Steele saying.

Trump called the ranking Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee "Sneaky Dianne Feinstein", once again engaging in childish name-calling against a political adversary.

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.

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