Transcript of Fusion GPS founder's testimony intensifies feud over FBI, Trump dossier

On Tuesday afternoon, Feinstein released almost 400 pages of testimony transcripts from Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS, who previously testified in private before members of Congress. Fusion GPS is the private research firm that assembled the now famous dossier on Trump.

Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate committee, released the testimony on Tuesday without Republican approval, in an apparent bid to neutralise Republican criticism of the Russian Federation investigation. "Must have tough Primary!"

"I think it was the right move", Murphy told CNN's Chris Cuomo, sweeping aside the host's criticism that Feinstein released the 300 page document without consulting the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where Feinstein is the top Democrat.

Some Republicans have been critical of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, claiming the initial Federal Bureau of Investigation probe was triggered by Mr Steele's dossier.

"There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there was no collusion, & yet on and on it goes", he tweeted.

Senator Grassley said Feinstein's leak could have a chilling effect on other witnesses, who now may be more reluctant to testify if they fear it will be leaked to the press. In his latest round of tweets, the president called on Republicans to take control [VIDEO]. Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday after she released testimony from the research firm behind the unverified dossier.

One year after BuzzFeed published former MI6 operative Christopher Steele's private intelligence dossier alleging Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation (sometimes known in certain circles as the "pee dossier"), the website's editor in chief Ben Smith is defending the decision.

Last week Simpson, a former journalist, requested that the committee release the transcript in an op-ed in the New York Times, writing: "the public still has much to learn about a man with the most troubling business past of any United States president".

"It's totally confounding", said a Grassley spokesman, Taylor Foy.

"I made no statement to that effect", Feinstein said about being pressured. That's the research firm behind the infamous Trump dossier.

"Crooked Hillary" and "Pocahontas" are now joined by "Sneaky Dianne Feinstein", who Trump described as "underhanded" for disclosing details behind a controversial dossier allegedly tying the president to Russian Federation during his campaign.

In the formerly confidential transcript, we learned that one person died as a result of the publishing of the dossier, so Simpson's attorney Josh Levy told the committee.

But Mr Simpson's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in August contradicted those claims.

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.

Feinstein's action comes alongside an effort by Republicans to discredit the dossier as a politically motivated document that the FBI has relied too heavily upon in its investigation.

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