President Donald Trump said Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein's decision to release a transcript of testimony on the controversial dossier about the president's connections to Russian Federation was "underhanded and possibly illegal".
But if Simpson is telling the truth in only two central contentions - that the FBI investigation predated Steele's work, and that Steele was concerned about the FBI's lean to Trump, rather than to Clinton - then his testimony unravels what was already a conspiracy theory of huge proportions. Wisenberg did note that the Simpson is a private citizen, so that's probably why he said she "possibly" violated the law. So, you know, a trained intelligence officer can spot disinformation that you or I might not recognize, certainly that was Chris' skill, and he honed in on this issue of blackmail as being a significant national security issue.
Mr Simpson said the reason for investigating Mr Trump's golf courses was to establish more information about his financial dealings.
Feinstein published Simpson's testimony on Tuesday, catching Republicans by surprise. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa.
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A spokesman for Grassley called it "totally confounding that Senator Feinstein would unilaterally release a transcript of a witness interview in the middle of an ongoing investigation".
In another wacky moment, Feinstein claimed today (Jan. 11) that she never said she "was pressured", even though there are recordings of her saying that.
Republicans were not pleased with Ms. Feinstein's actions, however, and accused her of undermining the committee's work. Feinstein had the ability to release the transcripts as the top Democrat on the committee, and her staff helped conduct the interview with Simpson.
There was significant infighting among Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee over whether to release the transcript. "Feinstein did the smart thing, which is just throw the whole transcript out there and let people see it". "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".
Whitehouse stressed that Simpson himself wanted the transcript made public, saying doing so would be refute the accusations against him.
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Considering that the "dossier" Steele authored for Fusion GPS - which was illegally funded by the DNC and the Clinton campaign - is itself rife with misstatements, false statements, factual errors, and fantastic speculation presented as evidence, it is not hard to believe that Steele would lie to federal authorities.
Ironically, Feinstein's recent moves against President Trump might be what gets her through what was already looking like a challenging primary race.
It was released by the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen.
Mr Simpson's firm Fusion GPS commissioned the dossier, which was initially paid for by a conservative website and later by Democrats.
The dossier is a compilation of memos written by Steele during the 2016 campaign that contained allegations of connections between Trump and Russian Federation, including that Trump had been compromised by the Kremlin. And Feinstein is a powerfully placed female lawmaker with a reputation on Capitol Hill that allows her to take on Trump from a position of authority and credibility - all qualities that existed before, but have now taken on increased political importance following a cultural reckoning that called out powerful men who abused their power and sought to elevate women's voices.
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Sen. Chuck Grassley was not happy with Sen.