Fusion GPS lawyer: Someone has already been killed over publication of dossier

10 Января, 2018, 02:10 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Mueller who is leading the Russia investigation. Credit Doug Mills  The New York Times

The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee has released a transcript from an interview with the co-founder of Fusion GPS, the firm that commissioned a dossier of allegations about President Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation. Chuck Grassley, declined to.

The dossier was reportedly the result of an investigation initially funded by Republicans who were seeking to block Mr Trump from becoming the party's presidential candidate, before being taken over by Democrats after his nomination. His firm paid former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele to compile the Trump-Russia dossier.

Mr Trump has derided the dossier as politically motivated, and several Republican-led committees are investigating whether it formed the basis for the FBI's initial investigation into Russian election interference.

"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", said Dianne Feinstein, who is the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"I understand Chris severed his relationship with the FBI out of concern that he didn't know what was happening inside the FBI and there was a concern that the FBI was being manipulated for political ends by the Trump people", Simpson told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"We can argue about what's prudent and what's not, but it's not a fabrication", he 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".

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On Monday, two Democrats on the Judiciary committee, Rhode Island Sen.

The 35-page report drew on information from Russian contacts and concluded that Russia had been "cultivating, supporting and assisting" Trump for at least five years and fed his campaign "valuable intelligence" about Clinton.

"There is simply no reason to keep the Simpson testimony (or other testimony before our committee for that matter) hidden while this distraction goes on". "The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public".

Simpson said he neither encouraged nor discouraged Steele about going to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Democrats on the committee said they were not consulted ahead of the Republicans' referral to the Department of Justice.

Both Hillary Clinton's campaign and the DNC hired Fusion GPS for its opposition research services during the 2016 campaign. On Jan. 2, Simpson and fellow Fusion GPS co-founder Peter Fritsch called on congressional investigators to release their testimony.

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".

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