However, two sources close to Fusion GPS told NBC News that Simpson's testimony inaccurately conflated what he had been told, and that the human source was actually George Papadopoulos, the Trump campaign aide who has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller.
The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee has released a transcript of the panel's interview with Glenn Simpson.
It was released by the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen.
"He thought from his perspective there was. a security issue about whether a presidential candidate was being blackmailed". "It was someone like us who chose to pick up the phone and report something", Simpson said.
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".
Bloomberg said Cohen provided the complaint and a confirmation email from the court system that he had filed the suit, but it could not immediately be independently confirmed that the suit had been filed.
Ohr met with Simpson after the November 2016 election "to discuss our findings regarding Russian Federation and the election", Simpson said in a court document. "The transcript of Glenn Simpson's lengthy responses to the Senate Judiciary Committee's questioning speaks for itself".
Simpson testified behind closed doors at the hearing and has called on the transcript be released after GOP Sen.More news: California Senator Dianne Feinstein Releases Glenn Simpson, Fusion GPS Transcript
Simpson said Trump's country clubs aren't making any money: "They were not profitable entities".
Republicans have underscored the outrageous aspects of the dossier as evidence that it is misinformation at best and sought to emphasize that it is unproven. The content of the dossier, denounced by the White House when published by Buzzfeed News last January, has been at the center of congressional inquiries into Russian meddling.
All this raises an interesting question: Are these Republican senators accusing their colleague Sen.
Democrats - and even some Republicans - were alarmed last week when Grassley made a criminal referral to the Justice Department, suggesting it investigate Steele for possibly lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Lindsey Graham as "a man possessed" after he and Grassley recommended the criminal investigation. "There weren't any leaks out of my committee", he said. "Congress should release transcripts of our firm's testimony, so that the American people can learn the truth about our work and most important, what happened to our democracy".
Fusion GPS hired Steele in Spring 2016 to investigate Donald Trump's business activities in Russian Federation.
Fusion GPS was hired on behalf of Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) by their law firm to compile information about Trump, his businesses, and associates, including possible links to Russian Federation.
Fusion GPS said Grassley's office was not giving an accurate version of events.
Fusion GPS was initially contracted to dig up dirt on Mr Trump by the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website that receives a large part of its funding from Paul Singer, a billionaire and hedge fund manager.