Feinstein Unilaterally Posts Full Testimony Of Fusion GPS Founder, Grassley Furious

Just four days after two GOP Senators asked the DOJ to launch a criminal probe  of Christopher Steele, the ex-MI6 British spy who was the author of the Trump dossier, and which according to many served as the basis for the Russian collusion probe, on Tuesday afternoon Senator Dianne Feinstein circumvented her Republican colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday and unilaterally released the full 312-page transcript  of the committee's closed-door interview with Glenn Simpson, a former journalist and co-founder of Fusion GPS, which commissioned the controversial Donald Trump's dossier about alleged connections with Russians.

Glenn Simpson on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 14, 2017

The unexpected release, which came after a tense back-and-forth between Republicans and Democrats over what to do with the transcript of Simpson’s interview, follows Fusion GPS' demand last week that the full transcript be released, sparking a fight with Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) over who was standing in the way of the document being released. The Senate Judiciary Committee interviewed Simpson on August 22, 2017 as part of its investigation into Russia's election interference.

That confrontation heated up last week after Simpson and his Fusion GPS co-founder Peter Fritsch penned an op-ed in The New York Times calling on the three congressional committees who have interviewed Fusion GPS employees to release transcripts of the interviews. Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, balked at the idea, saying that the transcript needed to remain confidential while the panel is interviewing other witnesses.

Curiously, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has also interviewed members of Fusion GPS, also appeared to back Grassley’s rationale last week. He said that he would like Fusion partners to appear for public testimony.

In a statement, Feinstein said that she released Simpson’s testimony after conferring with her fellow committee Democrats.

“The American people deserve the opportunity to see what he said and judge for themselves. The innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript are part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice. The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public.”

Needless to say, Grassley was furious after Feinstein's publication, stating that it is "totally confounding that Senator Feinstein would unilaterally release a transcript of a witness interview in the middle of an ongoing investigation" and that "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."

Taylor Foy, a spokesman for Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, blasted Feinstein’s decision to release the transcript unilaterally, saying it could reduce the prospects for other witnesses, such as Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to agree to meet with the panel.

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,” Foy said in an emailed statement.

There are some snarkier takes on the Fusion GPS demand to have the transcript released: as Sean Davis of the Federalist notes, "At the demand of Fusion GPS, @SenFeinstein put Fusion GPS's testimony on her website. In the interest of transparency. While redacting the names of Fusion's partners. Amazing."

As Davis also adds, "It's almost like Fusion GPS was more interested in aligning future DOJ witness testimony with its own claims than it was with actual transparency."

As for Simpson, he has emerged as the central figure in the probes into Russian election interference after his firm helped assemble a controversial dossier tying President Trump to Russia. Former British spy Christopher Steele compiled the document, which includes unverified allegations against Trump and his links to Moscow.

As Bloomberg adds, Republicans and Democrats tangled in recent weeks over the origins of the dossier, which was funded in part by Trump’s political opponents, and how the FBI and other agencies may have used the dossier in their investigations.

“The innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript are part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice," Feinstein said in a statement. “The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public.”

The full transcript details Glenn Simpson's August 22 interview. It shows that Simpson told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the author of the dossier, former British spy Christopher Steele, decided to approach the FBI in July 2016 to brief the bureau on his findings about Trump.

"He thought from his perspective there was an issue -- a security issue about whether a presidential candidate was being blackmailed,” Simpson said. He added that when Steele met with an FBI official in September, the official told Steele the bureau "had other intelligence about this matter from an internal Trump campaign source."

The marathon conversation between Simpson and lawmakers touched on delicate territory while leaving tantalizing details hanging, including the identity of a person inside the Trump circle who Simpson says provided information to U.S. investigators. Simpson, a former journalist who co-founded Fusion GPS, denied strongly in the interview that the dossier was phony.

“We can argue about what’s prudent and what’s not, but it’s not a fabrication,” he said.

Simpson also told the committee that he became increasingly concerned about potential Trump connections to Russia during the summer of 2016. “To me this was like, you know, you’re driving to work and you see something happen and you call 911, right,” Simpson said.

Over that period, he said, “the situation with the hacking of the Democrats and the efforts by the Russians to influence the election and the possibility the Trump Organization was, in fact, doing things to curry favor with the Russians became more and more serious, as external developments occurred.”

Asked what he meant, Simpson pointed to Carter Page, a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser who showed up in Moscow to give a speech; unexplained changes to the Republican Party platform ahead of the GOP convention; and that Trump “continues to say mysterious things about what a great guy Putin is.”

Simpson said he had asked Steele at one point during the summer of 2016 if he’d ever heard back from the FBI following that initial July meeting “because it was obvious there was a crime in progress.” Simpson said the crime he was referring to was “espionage -- they were hacking into the computers of Democrats and think tanks.”

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As is widely known, Fusion was initially hired by conservative website, Washington Free Beacon, during the Republican primaries to dig up dirt on Trump. Later in the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid Fusion GPS through a law firm for some of the research that resulted in the dossier.

But as Bloomberg notes, in the August interview, Simpson and his lawyer, asked repeatedly who commissioned research into the presidential candidate, declined to name them.

Simpson also demurred when asked to provide specifics about people who provided information to Steele. The ex-intelligence official was adept at gleaning information about Russia, where disinformation is a known pitfall, Simpson said. When Simpson was asked to detail steps Steele took to verify his sources’ credibility, his lawyer cut in to stop the line of questioning.

The 35-page report drew on information from Russian contacts and concluded that Russia had been “cultivating, supporting and assisting” Trump for at least five years and fed his campaign “valuable intelligence” about Clinton.

Trump has derided the findings, as recently as Dec. 26 when he wrote on Twitter: “‘Dossier is bogus. Clinton Campaign, DNC funded Dossier. FBI CANNOT (after all of this time) VERIFY CLAIMS IN DOSSIER OF RUSSIA/TRUMP COLLUSION. FBI TAINTED.’ And they used this Crooked Hillary pile of garbage as the basis for going after the Trump Campaign!”

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Finally, and speaking of transparency, see if you can spot it in the examples below:

Additionally, as the Daily Caller's Chuck Ross reports, according to Simpson, "the 1st dossier memo -- the one about the pee tape -- was essentially unusable and unprovable."

As noted above, according to the transcript, Steele said that he approached the FBI because he believed there were issue involving national security:

Steele also said he went to the FBI, worried that Trump was being blackmailed

Ironically, Steele said he stopped dealing with FBI just before 2016 election, worried FBI "was being manipulated" by 'Trump people.'

... With Steele later suggesting that the FBI had a source inside the Trump organization.

Full transcript below (link)


MrBoompi San Pedro Tue, 01/09/2018 - 16:45 Permalink

Deep State front, paid to do whatever, by any side, in order to do the bidding of the Deep State and provide plausible deniability.  If democrats have to be sacrificed to quiet things down, that's what they'll do.  They'll also analyze the errors they've made over the past 2-3 years and try not to repeat them again.  

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Kafir Goyim shivura Tue, 01/09/2018 - 19:22 Permalink

Bullshit.  You don't release testimony of one witness before you've interviewed the other witnesses.  The reason you don't do that is so that you can compare their testimony.  Surely even a libtard understand this, yes?

You DO release the testimony early, if you want the other witnesses to have a cheat-sheet so they know what to say.

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jeff montanye sincerely_yours Tue, 01/09/2018 - 22:42 Permalink

off topic but not as much as one might think. witnesses yet to appear include jared kushner according to the article. it also states that the dossier was partly funded by trump's enemies. who else but them? the cia, lol? nellie ohr working pro bono?

this conduct reminds me of the way bush and cheney wanted to be interviewed together by the 9-11 commission so as to prevent precisely that sort of matching testimony for slip ups, contradictions, etc. the redactions remind me that the bush cheney joint interview had no recording or transcript.


it is good to be king.

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ChiangMaiXPat shivura Tue, 01/09/2018 - 22:39 Permalink

Shivura Are you smoking crack? You gotta put the pipe down. What transparency “redacted” transparency? You don’t realease testimony in the middle of an investigation unless you want to compromise potential witnesses. Unless of course your the Obama/Comey FBI then you give Hillary and all of her aides immunity before they testify and you destroy as many of her laptops as you can get your hands on, oh and you also decriminalize/change any language that implies guilt. Pardon us tin foil hat wearing Americans who don’t believe anything the Dems or Fusion GPS has to say.

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Wild E Coyote shivura Wed, 01/10/2018 - 01:10 Permalink

And you are a complete idiot to not even read the redacted transcript released, to realize that the document is manipulative in nature to remove critical questions which were not answered by Fusion GPS.

If transparency is the reason for release, why hide the name of partners and other critical information? And you call people here in ZH idiots. Silly boy/girl whatever. 

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Withdrawn Sanction shivura Wed, 01/10/2018 - 06:07 Permalink

"why don't any of you think she is a patriot for going straight to the american people.."

Because she didn't go straight to the [A]merican people.  She went instead by the dishonest and incomplete route of redaction.  There's no transparency here; just an attempt to get all the criminals' stories synched up. 

I hope Finestain and her hubby are enjoying all the money they've looted from the taxpayer through the PO closures.  Her actions have NEVER been about helping the American people; they've only been about lining her own pockets and satisfying her lust for power.

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Hudis Muffakah Fritz Wed, 01/10/2018 - 01:27 Permalink

It's not that hard, really. The testimony should be public only after all other potential accomplices have had their turn on the hot seat. This is why cops (God bless 'em /s) keep them separate when they interrogate them. Can't coordinate their bullshit that way.

I'm hoping (((Feinstein))) will be yesterday's news by Thursday. Looks like that useless dessicated old twat is taking one for the team on her way out. This is such an obvious misstep, especially from one with her lengthy "experience," that it could only be deliberate.

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Withdrawn Sanction J J Pettigrew Wed, 01/10/2018 - 06:15 Permalink

"That makes some sense.........Feinstein is head of the Senate intelligence Committee.."

Sorry, she is the "ranking member."  As such, the actual head of the SIC could wield a lot of power against her...and should.  Sen Grassley, make her pay for this (at least) breach of Senate conduct, if not an outright crime.  Comity, after all, cuts both ways.  

BTW, does this breach compromise her security clearance?

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janus Kafir Goyim Wed, 01/10/2018 - 05:30 Permalink

she absolutely must be removed from her post as on the intel committee.  no question about it.  

never seen anything like this in 30+ years following the Senate.  if she'll do something like this in public, imagine what intel she's sharing with a certain (((nation))).

btw, didn't she lobby hard for the release of jonathan pollard?

yo, CIA, wanna redeem yourselves? 

wet-work that pudgy fuck in mossad's backyard.


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ReZn8r Thought Processor Tue, 01/09/2018 - 23:34 Permalink

If it is causing problems,
if it stinks,
if it will fuck the citizens of the US
if it will steal more money,
if it is connected to pedophilia,
if it all about lying,
if it is supporting and training terrorists,
if it is about over throwing legitimate governments, then....
it is indirectly and in some cases directly funded by a US intelligence agency.

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Billy the Poet woody188 Tue, 01/09/2018 - 16:21 Permalink

Just emailed and called Feinstein's office, had to call LA as the DC line was all backed up. Said that by helping those who compiled the Steele dossier which was sourced from the Kremlin she committed obstruction of justice and treason. I asked if she knows the penalty for treason.




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