Trump dossier author had concerns about Russian blackmail

Trump dossier author had concerns about Russian blackmail

Trump dossier author had concerns about Russian blackmail

A transcript of Senate testimony by Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson says the Federal Bureau of Investigation had a source inside then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's election campaign. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) showed that Christopher Steele, the author of the salacious Russian dossier on Trump, "was not acting as some political operative" when he turned over the document to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

President Donald Trump says that it "seems unlikely" that he'd give an interview in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. Trump said that's what he thought Feinstein meant, and a round of clarifications ensued. It's unclear whether he was referring to Trump's campaign or his business, which goes by the name the Trump Organization. The dossier was published on BuzzFeed News in January 2017.

"It's time to share what our company told investigators", they wrote. I said okay. You know, I agreed, it's potentially a crime in progress.

However, since then the dossier has become a heated point of contention between Dems and the Republicans - as well as for its role in the Mueller investigation. Lindsay Graham last week asked the Justice Department to investigate Steele, saying they had information about false statements he may have made to the government.

Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate judiciary committee, said she released the transcript because "the American people deserve the opportunity to see what he said and judge for themselves". Worse yet, Simpson describes Steele as finding the Federal Bureau of Investigation so in the tank - not for Clinton, but for Trump - that Steele stopped cooperating with them. Though Steele says he wasn't a Trump supporter, he says his job was to fact-find. Steele feared the report was evidence the Federal Bureau of Investigation was being "manipulated.by the Trump people". The FBI interviewed Steele again a month before the election. "It tells us what Mr. Simpson said", Kennedy opined. "I don't believe I said that". 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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Her staff helped conduct the interview with Mr Simpson, who had also asked for the interview to be released. Solberg said Norway was "really appreciative of the good work that we have together with the United States".

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What's next? The Trump camp is still reeling from the release of Michael Wolff's Fire & Fury, which describes a disorganized executive branch with plenty of infighting and no chain of command.

Republican Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, both close allies of Trump, said in a statement that they did "not recall" Trump making the remark during the Thursday meeting.

In the meantime, Feinstein has joined California Congressional Reps.

Trump called the investigation a "phony cloud" over his administration.

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