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Trump Attacks "Sneaky" Feinstein Over Testimony Release

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Stacy Diaz | 13 January, 2018, 06:21

The transcript revealed some surprising information regarding the firm's research regarding ties between Donald Trump and Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign.The material was not classified, but it was still a transcript of a closed door meeting that Feinstein released without consulting Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen.

Dianne Feinstein released a 312-page transcript of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson's August interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Democrats on the committee said they were not consulted ahead of a decision by Senate Republicans to issue a criminal referral against former British spy and Fusion GPS investigator Christopher Steele.

Simpson also defended Steele, saying that the well-respected former intelligence officer "has a sterling reputation as a person who doesn't exaggerate, doesn't make things up, doesn't sell baloney".

Simpson previously authorized the "Steele Dossier" that investigated the president's ties to Russian Federation, and he was irate with the GOP for selectively releasing only portions of the document to protect the president and the Republican Party.

According to the transcript, he told investigators that the Federal Bureau of Investigation informed Mr Steele that the government had intelligence from "an internal Trump campaign source".

As for the "sneaky" label, she said, "He tends to call people names very quickly, so I'm not alone". The dossier was published on BuzzFeed News in January 2017. "Now, I don't know Mr. Simpson". The Russian coincidences, as the Trump camp would like to refer to them, just kept rolling in - from a long roster of Trump campaign stakeholders who met with Russian politico Sergey Kislyak to the Manafort and Flynn connections that led to indictments.

In January 2017, Senator John McCain turned the dossier over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation despite the fact that it contained no evidence of collusion but merely unverified smears against President Trump. Feinstein chose to release the transcripts in response. "'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 continued".

Whitehouse stressed that Simpson himself wanted the transcript made public, saying doing so would be refute the accusations against him.

He said that what "Sneaky" Sen. Kevin de L-on, the California state Senate president, is challenging her from the left - charging that Feinstein hasn't been aggressive enough against Trump. "The transcript of Glenn Simpson's lengthy responses to the Senate Judiciary Committee's questioning speaks for itself".

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, also in the meeting, confirmed Trump's comments to fellow South Carolina Republican Sen.

While Simpson has accused conservative lawmakers of acting in bad faith, Republicans have accused Steele, while working for Fusion GPS, of misleading the Federal Bureau of Investigation.