Dossier author feared Donald Trump was being blackmailed

Christopher Steele

Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, revealed the transcript from an August closed-door interview with Glenn Simpson, a co-founder of the political opposition research firm Fusion GPS.

Simpson said he didn't know whether the person was connected to the Trump campaign or a Trump company, adding that his understanding was that the source was "someone like us who made a decision to pick up the phone and report something".

Hermitage's lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, exposed the alleged fraud behind the Prevezon case before his death while in Russian custody.

Trump additionally called for Feinstein to face a primary challenge in her reelection campaign in 2018.

However, two sources close to Fusion GPS told NBC News that Simpson's testimony inaccurately conflated what he had been told, and that the human source was actually George Papadopoulos, the Trump campaign aide who has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller. Andrew McCarthy's current NRO column on the Steele Dossier is also helpful in this context.

One reason, according to Simpson, was a story in The New York Times on October 31, 2016, that said the Federal Bureau of Investigation hadn't found any connections between Trump world and the Russian attack on the election.

"He said he was professionally obligated to do it", Simpson testified. I said okay. You know, I agreed, it's potentially a crime in progress.

Several people familiar with the probe said Simpson's comments refer to a report from an Australian official who contacted USA officials in late July with concerns about a conversation months earlier in London with Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos. While details of the referral are classified, it appears to be related to Mr. Steele's contacts with reporters during the election campaign.

This exhausted, shop-worn tactic of trying to turn the tables, to argue that it is the accuser who must be accused, may have worked for Trump's old mentor Roy Cohn in the corrupt courtrooms of Manhattan of the 1970s, but not in the face of the investigations well underway by the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team, and by an increasingly alert USA public that is watching first hand via the Internet and social media and not just sitting idly by.

Trump Administration Disbands Election Integrity Panel
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"The dossier is, and continues to be, the subject of active investigations by Congress and intelligence agencies".

The interview with founder Glenn Simpson took place during the summer of 2017 and was, the New York Times reported, thought to be able to shed light on Fusion GPS' work as well as the concerns in regard to the Trump campaign.

When it published the dossier, Buzzfeed noted it contained allegations that were unverified and had some "clear errors".

Trump will most likely be dissatisfied.

He said he found it freakish that Trump kept claiming he didn't know Sater well.

The White House and Republican lawmakers have questioned the firm's credibility.

"It's a false allegation", he said.

"I want to find out if the lead investigator of the Clinton email investigation had a political bias against Trump for Clinton to the point where it was a sham investigation", Graham said. The memos are field reports of real interviews that Chris's network conducted and there's nothing phony about it.

"We can argue about what's prudent and what's not, but it's not a fabrication", he said.

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