The political battle over the FBI and its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election intensified Tuesday with the release of an interview with the head of the firm behind a dossier of allegations against then-candidate Donald Trump.
"As we told the Senate Judiciary Committee in August, our sources said the dossier was taken so seriously because it corroborated reports the bureau had received from other sources, including one inside the Trump camp", they wrote.
For starters, it debunked the position of Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) that the transcript had to be kept under wraps.
It was released by the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen.
American lawmakers heard behind closed doors a gripping tale of global espionage, murder, organized crime, Russian blackmail and presidential politics by a political-research firm paid to dig up dirt on Donald Trump. He continued filing memos that described what he was told about Trump's connections to Russian Federation, which, together, make up what has become known as the dossier.
Trump is again reiterating that there was "no collusion" between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation.
It is astonishing that even as the damning contents of the Fusion GPS interview are being digested, so many Republicans in Congress are insisting on digging themselves even deeper into the hole that, it can be claimed, is headed straight to hell.
In urging the committee to release the full transcript of his interview, Simpson has argued that Republicans are trying to obscure what happened in 2016.More news: 'Game of Thrones' Themed Ice Hotel in Finland Welcomes Fans
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"The fact that Sneaky Dianne Feinstein, who has on numerous occasions stated that collusion between Trump/Russia has not been found, would release testimony in such an underhanded and possibly illegal way, totally without authorization, is a disgrace", Trump tweeted.
"The innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript are part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation", she said.
"Beyond our investigation, here's what has me really concerned: the attacks on Mueller, the Department of Justice and FBI this week make it clear they plan to go after Mueller's investigation".
The dossier contained a series of unsubstantiated salacious claims about Mr Trump and who the Russian authorities had obtained compromising material about him.
Reached by telephone on Wednesday, Baker Hostetler partner John Moscow, who defended Prevezon before being disqualified from the case by a federal appeals court, said he was perplexed by the ongoing interest in the Prevezon case.
One can release testimony and call them in for additional questioning, yet Republicans did not paint it this way.
"A$3 s the lawyer for Prevezon, Veselnitskaya would have arranged for Prevezon to pay Baker Hostetler which paid us", Simpson said.
The transcript also undercuts several more accusations, namely that Fusion GPS was a Democratic firm (it does work for whoever pays its fees) or that Steele had an ideological agenda (Simpson gave Steele very little direction, relying on his professionalism).