Grassley defends handling of Russian Federation investigation

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a state awards ceremony for military personnel who served in Syria at the Kremlin in Moscow Russia

That also prompted criticism of the Iowa Republican. Feinstein sought to push back against that perception and to bolster the FBI's credibility.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the committee, unilaterally released the transcripts on Tuesday, saying Americans had a right to know.

In a statement today, she says that the, quote, "innuendo and misinformation", as she describes it, around the transcript are part of an ongoing effort to undermine the special counsel's investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

The 312-page transcript shows that Republican staffers on the committee repeatedly pressed Simpson about whether he had political motivations in hiring Steele.

Simpson said Steele was concerned "whether or not there was blackmail going on, whether a political candidate was being blackmailed". Simpson had called for the release of his testimony to the public.

One year after BuzzFeed published former MI6 operative Christopher Steele's private intelligence dossier alleging Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation (sometimes known in certain circles as the "pee dossier"), the website's editor in chief Ben Smith is defending the decision.

"The one thing I regret is that I didn't have a chance to talk to him before", she told TheDC, when asked about Grassley.

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By the time Steele sat down with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in September, an Australian diplomat had passed to USA officials details of his conversation with Papadopoulos, who seemed to know that the Russians possessed hacked Democratic emails. The Washington Post said the committee has been probing charges that the Trump campaign "coordinated with the Kremlin", escalating the issue from mere "collusion".

"Somebody's already been killed as a result of the publication of this dossier", Levy said.

Representatives for Fusion GPS declined to comment.

"I hope you won't be insulted, but he's basically a Boy Scout", said Simpson, who paid Steele for the dossier with money from the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Fusion GPS commissioned the so-called Steele dossier, a controversial compilation of alleged ties between Trump and Russian Federation. Four months later, Trump fired James Comey, and the furor in Congress led to the appointment of special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

Trump has a long history of anti-Jewish controversies. Lindsey Graham wrote to the Justice Department to recommend criminal charges against Steele. Shortly after, Feinstein released the transcript.

LUCAS: We don't. Simpson doesn't say. Simpson told congressional leaders that the FBI found the dossier credible because an undisclosed "human source" associated with Trump had offered the bureau corroborating information. Then Sen. Dianne Feinstein D-Calif., released it on Tuesday against Republican committee members' wishes. As concerns mounted about Russia's attempts to interfere with the election, Steele brought some of his research to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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