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How infamous Trump dossier was created

How infamous Trump dossier was created

Mr Simpson defended the research file, which purported to show financial and personal links between Mr Trump, his advisers and Moscow.

Specifically, Fusion hired former British spy Christopher Steele in 2016 to assemble the widely confirmedintelligence document that detailed Trump's many shocking connections with Russian business operatives over the years, as well as the Kremlin's attempt to get him elected president.

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.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, released the transcript of the hearing from five months ago, saying Mr Simpson had asked her to do so.

The author of the bogus Trump dossier was basically a "Boy Scout" who "doesn't sell baloney", the co-founder of Fusion GPS told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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.

Investigators have also uncovered evidence of deep animosity against Trump by some of the Federal Bureau of Investigation officials assigned to the initial Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into the Trump campaign and on the subsequent special counsel.




The dossier includes a number of salacious claims about the Trump campaign's ties to Russian officials, including allegations about Mr Cohen that have not been verified. "He seemed to know a lot about that", Simpson told Senate investigators.

By the time Steele sat down with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in September, an Australian diplomat had passed to us officials details of his conversation with Papadopoulos, who seemed to know that the Russians possessed hacked Democratic emails.

During the 2016 campaign, Fusion GPS employed the wife of senior DOJ official Bruce Ohr as a subcontractor on the Trump project. Ever since he has continued the probe into Trump and the Russians that Fusion GPS, Steele, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation had started many months before. There's also an exchange in which Simpson says that neither he nor Steele asked for anyone's approval to go to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

One of the interesting things that came out of it was Glenn Simpson talking about Christopher Steele's interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in September-October of 2016. He said that her decision to release testimony was "possibly illegal". Dianne Feinstein released a crucial set of transcripts that have become the target of a protracted battle in connection with the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

"They believed Chris might be credible because they had other intelligence that indicated the same thing", Simpson said.

Many Washington-based reporters had been passed the dossier but opted not to publish as they continued trying to check its central claims.

"I've always been skeptical that the Judiciary Committee or the Intelligence Committee was going to keep Republicans and Democrats together on their own investigations". The release of the transcript does not, however, break any laws, as Trump suggests it might.