Trump chides Feinstein, urges GOP to control Russian Federation probes

Frederick Owens
January 11, 2018

Feinstein had the ability to release the transcripts as the top Democrat on the committee, and her staff helped conduct the interview with Simpson. Suffice it to say, he wasn't thrilled.

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"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", she said in a statement, referring to allegations of ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Fusion GPS was originally hired to do research during the 2016 Republican primary campaign for a still unknown Republican donor who wanted to defeat Trump.

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On Tuesday, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., a member of the Judiciary Committee, told reporters that Feinstein's release of the Simpson transcript would mark "the end of bipartisan cooperation" on the panel.

That stated, the California Democrat's release of the Simpson interviews caught Republicans unexpectedly and offered explosive new particulars that each parties will look to make use of their benefit within the myriad of investigations happening on Capitol Hill surrounding the Trump campaign, Russia, the FBI, and the Department of Justice.

Fusion GPS then leaked the salacious and unverified claims made by the Russian sources to intelligence agencies in the United States and UK, to politicians, and to media organizations. In an op-ed in the New York Times a little more than a week ago, Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, the co-founders of Fusion GPS, alleged they were being targeted to divert attention from the main issue. Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is continuing, and his probe so far has resulted in charges against four of Trump's campaign advisers.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, the committee chairman, criticized Feinstein's decision to release the transcript, saying she did not consult him first.

"I don't take lightly making a referral for criminal investigation".

The lengthy transcript was released over the objections of Republicans, who have been sharply critical of Simpson's firm, Fusion GPS.

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