US Democratic senator releases Fusion GPS testimony in Russian Federation probe

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Dianne Feinstein circumvented her Republican colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday and released more than 300 pages of testimony provided past year by Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson.

The Washington research firm has been under attack by the White House and Republican lawmakers over the dossier, which is central to investigations in Congress and by a federal special counsel into allegations that Russian Federation interfered in the election to help Trump win, and any potential collusion by the Trump campaign.

Later, as Trump's pathway to the Republican nomination became more assured, the firm was hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee to continue that research. "The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public".

Fusion GPS commended Ms Feinstein for releasing the transcript, and said Mr Simpson's "lengthy responses to the Senate Judiciary Committee's questioning speaks for itself".

The congressional panel is one of three investigating Russia's activities in the election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

In a statement, Feinstein said that she released Simpson's testimony after conferring with her fellow committee Democrats. Steele's reports were eventually compiled into a dossier alleging the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin - a claim the president has repeatedly denied.

Simpson said Steele's concern, "which is something that counterintelligence people deal with a lot, is whether or not there was blackmail going on, whether a political candidate was being blackmailed".

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Ms Sanders rejected the notion that Mr Trump's attendance symbolised he was backing away from his message of economic nationalism. A year before the consensus had been that he would not win the presidency.

Simpson said he didn't know whether the person was connected to the Trump campaign or a Trump company, adding that his understanding was the source was someone who had volunteered information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or, in his words, "someone like us who made a decision to pick up the phone and report something".

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has also interviewed members of Fusion GPS, also appeared to back Grassley's rationale last week. "Feinstein for her courage", the research firm said in a statement.

The disagreement between Grassley and Feinstein is further evidence of a breakdown on the panel after an initially bipartisan investigation.

Grassley and Republican Sen. Democrats say such attacks are an effort to discredit the ongoing probe by special counsel Robert Mueller into whether any Trump associates coordinated with Russian agents to interfere in the presidential election.

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".

A spokesman for Grassley, Taylor Foy, called it "confounding" that Feinstein released the transcript "unilaterally", over the objections of the Republican majority.

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