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. Fusion GPS is a political firm who commissioned Steele to research Trump's Russian connections.
This would appear to be what compelled Steele, with Simpson's blessing, to report evidence he'd uncovered of Trump collusion with Russian Federation to the Federal Bureau of Investigation - before the election.
Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) defended Republicans who are more concerned about discrediting damaging information about President Donald Trump than getting to the bottom of Russia's interference in the 2016 USA election.
But according to Simpson's testimony, Steele thought the Federal Bureau of Investigation would deem his claims credible because its person inside the campaign would corroborate them.
Last fall, Feinstein, 84, announced her decision to seek a sixth Senate term this year. As I say, I don't have really any additional information beyond this except that - I mean, it's probably in here somewhere actually, but it's well known in intelligence circles that the Russians have cameras in all the luxury hotel rooms and there are memoirs written about this by former Russian intelligence agents I could quote you. "That seems to be a ... distinction between him and the Trump team".
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Republicans like Senator Richard Burr bristled at this suggestion, yet did not address Fusion GPS' central complaint that they wanted their testimony to be released to the public.
In a separate tweet Wednesday morning, Trump accused Democratic Sen. Shortly after, Feinstein released the transcript. "Her action undermines the integrity of the committee's oversight work and jeopardizes its ability to secure candid voluntary testimony relating to the independent recollections of future witnesses".
Fusion GPS was first hired by The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website, in September 2015.
A former investigative reporter for The Wall Street Journal and Roll Call, Simpson - who I'd never heard of before - has a reputation as a dogged investigator who specializes in mining public documents.
Simpson and Fusion GPS co-founder, Peter Fritch, exposed McCain in a New York Times op-ed last week, revealing that they used an "emissary" to aid McCain in sharing the dossier with the intelligence community.