Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has just released an extensive transcript from Senate Judiciary Committee’s interview with Glenn Simpson — one of the co-founders of Fusion GPS. The development is surprising since committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) previously denied requests to release this information, and several revelations are already attracting a lot of attention from media observers. In his testimony, Simpson defended Christopher Steele and said that attempts to discredit his Trump dossier are nothing but “political rhetoric.” Simpson also told the committee that he and Steele went over his opposition research together, and they found it matched intel the FBI already had from an inside source within the Trump campaign. At one point, Simpson’s attorney Levy faced questions about the steps his client took to verify his information. Levy wouldn’t answer that question, however, and he explained that Steele needs to protect his sources because someone has been killed over his dossier’s publication.
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein releases a transcript of the Judiciary Committee’s closed-door interview with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson over Republican objections https://t.co/t2v0uhBAca pic.twitter.com/ahbo0CG3Fq— CNN International (@cnni) January 9, 2018
Fusion GPS has issued a response to the transcript’s release:
A representative for Senator Grassley has also reacted:
FUSION GPS statement on Feinstein’s release of the Glenn Simpson interview transcript: “Fusion GPS commends Sen. Feinstein for her courage. The transcript of Glenn Simpson’s lengthy responses to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s questioning speaks for itself.” — Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) January 9, 2018
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GRASSLEY Spox Taylor Foy Responds to @SenFeinstein releasing 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.” pic.twitter.com/Q8pX2bij5m — Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) January 9, 2018