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What testimony on the Trump dossier adds to the Russian Federation probe

Patty Aguilar | 13 January, 2018, 13:47

The salacious and unproven claims in the "Trump dossier" have been used against President Trump and his associates to accuse them of colluding with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 presidential election. She released the transcript of Glenn Simpson's interview over the objections of the committee's Republican chairman, Iowa Sen.

Separately, the source said the committee got access to dossier-related financial records from TD Bank on Friday following a court decision, making any potential appeal by Fusion GPS moot.

Mr Steele - who founded and runs Orbis Business Intelligence in London - is said to have passed on his findings to both U.S. and United Kingdom intelligence in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

Simpson told investigators it was his understanding that the Federal Bureau of Investigation "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".

"The innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript are part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation", said Senator Dianne Feinstein. "He seemed to know a lot about that", Simpson told Senate investigators.

Feinstein said Americans deserve to see what Simpson said.

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His lawyer explained: "It's a voluntary interview, and in addition to that he wants to be very careful to protect his sources". However, in January 2017 that former KGB spy chief Oleg Erovinkin, a key source behind the dossier, was discovered dead in the back seat of his vehicle in Moscow.

Christopher Steele, who worked in Moscow during his days as an MI6 agent, then compiled the 35-page "Trump dossier" containing salacious allegations whose goal was to embarrass Donald Trump but did not prove he had colluded with Russians.

"My understanding was that they believed Chris at this point - that they believed Chris 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 also said Steele severed his contacts with the FBI before the election following disclosures that the bureau's inquiry had found no connection between Trump campaign and Russian Federation and concerns that it was being "manipulated for political ends by the Trump people". "We didn't have access to his tax returns". In his complaint against Fusion and its founder Glenn Simpson, Cohen charged that the company acted recklessly with the unvetted material. "I don't specifically recall. And I don't make an excuse but I've had a bad cold and maybe that slowed down my mental facilities [sic] a little bit". "I would just like you to acknowledge that partisanship played a role".

Smith made this argument in the op-ed: "I haven't had a single person approach me to say, 'I wish I hadn't read the dossier, and wish I had less insight into the forces at play in America.' Do you feel that way?"

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