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Dossier Author Alleged The FBI Had A Corroborating Source Within Trump's Orbit

Dossier Author Alleged The FBI Had A Corroborating Source Within Trump's Orbit”

The same day, she took the unusual step of releasing - without the Republican chairman's sign-off - the transcript of the Senate Judiciary Committee's August interview with the founder of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which commissioned a dossier detailing Trump's alleged ties to Russian Federation.

According to the transcript, he told investigators that the Federal Bureau of Investigation informed Mr Steele that the government had intelligence from "an internal Trump campaign source".

President Donald Trump unloaded on a Democratic senator and the Russian Federation investigation in a series of tweets on Wednesday.

"M$3 y understanding was that they believed Chris at this point - that they believed Chris's information might be credible because they had other intelligence that indicated the same thing and one of those pieces of intelligence was a human source from inside the Trump organization", Simpson told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) speaks during a Senate committee meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., April 3, 2017. The second admitted meeting between Steele and the Federal Bureau of Investigation occurred during "Mid to late September", Simpson said, and was a "debriefing".

But Caputo questioned the credibility of the dossier and of Steele's sources, building on GOP accusations that Steele paid sources for salacious information about Trump and that the claims have not been corroborated.

NPR has not detailed the material contained in the dossier because it remains unverified, but it describes a concerted effort by powerful Russians to cultivate a relationship with Trump and his camp.

Cuomo pointed out that the Trump campaign engaged in opposition research, to which Caputo said, "we don't call it "intelligence" and we don't go to the Federal Bureau of Investigation with it".

The special counsel's team of investigators has expressed interest in speaking with Trump, but no details have been worked out.

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.

Feinstein moved to do so without the committee's Republican chairman, Sen.

Simpson would not answer whether payment came through an intermediary and did not agree that Fusion GPS was a Democrat-linked firm. This will hurt the work of the committee to bring in future witnesses, he said. Neither committee had intentions of releasing the transcripts from its interview with Simpson.

"The problem with that is that if you make too strong of an ultimatum, then President Trump can use that against us", Whitehouse said. He invited Simpson to instead testify publicly.

Simpson and Fritsch accused Republicans on the committee of withholding information from Simpson's August 2017 interview in order to undermine the veracity of the dossier.

As part of that research, Fusion GPS hired Steele, who had been the head of MI6's Russian Federation desk.

The leak of the transcript by Feinstein comes as Fusion GPS embarks on a PR campaign, including publishing an op-ed in The New York Times, in which it tries to salvage the claims in its report and to deny its report was the foundation for the FBI's investigation.



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