Release of dossier transcript a step for transparency

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That's according to a controversial release of a partially redacted transcript.

Dianne Feinstein, a senior Democrat senator, this week released a 312-page transcript of previously secret testimony given to Congress by Glenn Simpson, founder of Fusion GPS, as part of the official inquiry into Mr Trump's alleged links to Russian Federation. The result was an unverified dossier written by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.

"He wants to be very careful to protect his sources", Levy said of Simpson.

For a bit of backstory, Fusion GPS is the DC-based strategic research and intelligence firm that was hired mid-election year by an attorney for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the DNC to investigate Trump's background.

Cohen said the in the lawsuit, which was filed in a NY court: "Even though defendant BuzzFeed expressly acknowledged the unverified (and potentially unverifiable) nature of the dossier's allegations, defendant BuzzFeed published the un-redacted dossier and the article anyway - without attempting to determine the veracity of these reports with plaintiff himself".

Simpson recalled telling Steele that he had to think about whether they should contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation about information gathered in the document, stating that he wasn't sure who to give the dossier to.

LUCAS: Well, Republicans on the Hill and conservative pundits have attacked the credibility of Fusion GPS and Simpson and Steele. I've been to the White House a few times.

The revelation emerged yesterday after a US Senator leaked transcripts of an interview with the co-founder of the company which produced the report.

Since we published, the public has learned a great deal more about how seriously the F.B.I. took the dossier.

The New York Times reported December 30 that the investigation began after a Trump campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, revealed to an Australian diplomat in London that Russian Federation had political dirt on Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Democrats pushed back, defending Feinstein and saying she was forced to act in the face of mounting Republican efforts to thwart and cut short multiple Russian Federation probes on Capitol Hill.

And he again claimed there was no collusion and said Russian Federation and the world is laughing at the "stupidity they are witnessing". He asserted that releasing the transcript might have been illegal, but gave no reason or law Feinstein might have violated. Dianne Feinstein, ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, to make public the testimony before the committee from Glenn Simpson, cofounder of Fusion GPS, makes it clear that civil war has broken out on Capitol Hill. Grassley said he was "confounded" by the release and argued that it could undermine attempts to get additional witnesses. Just last week, two Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee including the chairman, Charles Grassley, referred Steele to the Justice Department for a criminal investigation, alleging that he had lied to the FBI about his contacts with journalists.

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