Dianne Feinstein's Explanations for Releasing Trump-Russia Testimony Are Bizarre and Alarming

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

That detail is one of many in a transcript released today by Senator Dianne Feinstein.

President Donald Trump called out Sen.

LUCAS: Well, Simpson says that the former British agent who compiled the information in the dossier - it was a man by the name of Christopher Steele - went to the Federal Bureau of Investigation after writing his initial memo in June of 2016.

It wasn't clear from the transcript, because of the differing ways Simpson described the source, whether the person was part of Trump's business or his campaign. They demanded that the transcripts from their Congressional testimony be released to the public in order to clear up the misinformation Republicans are spreading about the company and about Steele. Even the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee has questioned the wisdom of releasing this transcript, "because it might impugn further witnesses from coming forward", the statement continued.


The emergence of the dossier - containing a series of lurid claims that the Russians had gathered compromising material on the president prior to his election campaign - caused outrage in the Trump camp. At that time, she replied that she had not. Chuck Grassley, the committee's chairman, calling on him to release the transcript of the committee's interview with Simpson, but Grassley refused to do so.

The transcript revealed some surprising information regarding the firm's research regarding ties between Donald Trump and Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign.The material was not classified, but it was still a transcript of a closed door meeting that Feinstein released without consulting Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Then Sen. Dianne Feinstein D-Calif., released it on Tuesday against Republican committee members' wishes.

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.

In mid-2016, Steele told Simpson that he was so concerned about the Russian operation that he would share his research with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


Specifically, Republicans are trying to prove that it was the dossier that prompted the entire Russian investigation by the FBI in 2016.

The transcript of the interview was released on Tuesday. They were first hired by a Republican outlet in the primary, before being paid by the Democrats in the general election.

Simpson said Steele was concerned "whether or not there was blackmail going on, whether a political candidate was being blackmailed".


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