"The hotel was known to be under FSB control with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to". Comey briefed Trump on the existence of the file during the presidential transition, as well as the fact that USA intelligence believed it might appear in the press.
"Well, the facts are - beyond what's here I don't have any additional facts".
"It will be proven that I had no involvement in this Russian collusion conspiracy", Cohen said in an interview on Tuesday. "That's what he's referring to". He provided the complaint and a confirmation email from the court system that he had filed the suit to Bloomberg News, but it could not immediately be independently confirmed that the suit had been filed.
"They had other intelligence about this matter from an internal Trump campaign source and. they believed Chris' information might be credible", Mr Simpson testified. Simpson said he put the question off, but Steele later raised it again.
Simpson told investigators that Steele is "basically a Boy Scout", saying he has worked with Steele on and off since 2009 and he knew him to be "a person who delivered quality work in very appropriate ways".
"In any event, he said, 'Don't worry about that, I know the flawless person, I have a contact there, they'll listen to me, they know who I am, I'll take care of it.' I said OK". "Nobody here talks about Hillary Clinton, I promise you".
Since we published, the public has learned a great deal more about how seriously the F.B.I. took the dossier. "He also must face the reality that as a news-related organization, BuzzFeed has a First Amendment right to provide such information", he said.
The FBI paid for Steele to fly to Rome in October, according to Simpson.
Simpson said that when then-FBI Director James Comey announced on October 28, 2016, that he was reopening the email investigation into Clinton's private server, Steele had "some sort of interaction" - "probably telephonic" - with the FBI. "So it made a lot of people, including us, concerned about what the heck was going on at the FBI", Simpson said.
Mr Trump and some Republicans have attacked both Mr Simpson's firm and Mr Steele in recent months and also questioned the impartiality of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department in an apparent effort to discredit Mr Mueller's probe.
If you think you can defame Trump attorney Michael Cohen and get away with it, fuggedaboutit!
"One large portion of the dossier is crystal-clear, certain, consistent and corroborated", a C.I.A. veteran, John Sipher, wrote recently.
Trump tells New York Times Russia investigation "bad" for U.S.
SIMPSON: A number of them don't make any money.
Sure enough, BuzzFeed published the unedited dossier one year ago.
The result was the explosive, much-discussed and unverified dossier.
At the time, President Obama's National Security Adviser Susan Rice and his ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, made dozens of "unmasking" requests for the identities of members of Trump's team-asking to be provided with transcripts of conversations they took part in with their names not redacted, as would normally be done.
Despite over a year of multiple investigations in Congress, as well as by the intelligence agencies, no evidence of collusion has been found between Trump or his campaign with the Russians to influence the election.