Trump Blasts 'Sneaky Dianne Feinstein,' Says Release Of Testimony Was 'Possibly Illegal'

Feinstein sought to push back against that perception and to bolster the FBI's credibility.

Feinstein has never ruled out the possibility of finding collusion between the campaign and Russians, although she said last month that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing a separate federal probe, seems to be focusing on building "a case of obstruction of justice" against Trump for his firing of FBI Director James Comey. Her staff helped conduct the interview with Simpson, who had also asked for the interview to be released.

Trump and others believe the controversial dossier triggered the FBI's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. When pressed by the committee, Simpson's lawyer Joshua Levy suggested it would be risky to do so.

Mr Simpson later said he was not sure if the Federal Bureau of Investigation informant was from the Mr Trump's election campaign or the Trump Organisation, the president's real estate firm, which is now run by his two older sons.

In the latest iteration of her story, Feinstein said her weakened "mental facilities" stemming from a cold made her leak closed-door testimony.

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.

It may have been Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, who told an Australian diplomat that Russian Federation had "political dirt" on Hillary Clinton in May 2016, according to The New York Times.

An analysis of the dossier by The Washington Times shows that Steele "made eight specific collusion charges" against Trump associates and Russian entrepreneurs.

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This means the FBI divulged information about an ongoing investigation to Steele.

At that point, attorney Joshua Levy said "somebody's already been killed" as a result of the dossier's publication.

Trump has attacked the dossier and called it "very fake", although its contents have not been proved or disproved.

Representatives for Fusion GPS declined to comment. Shortly after, Feinstein released the transcript.

"They had other intelligence about this matter from an internal Trump campaign source and. they believed Chris' information might be credible", Mr Simpson testified.

Steele broke off contact with the FBI sometime between October 31, 2016, and the election on November 8, Simpson said, because Steele concluded that the information he had given to the FBI was not elevated to the highest levels of the bureau and was not being vigorously pursued.

In urging the committee to release the full transcript of his interview, Simpson has argued that Republicans are trying to obscure what happened in 2016. As concerns mounted about Russia's attempts to interfere with the election, Steele brought some of his research to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In the fall, however, tensions between the two senators spilled into the open as Grassley requested information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other sources without Feinstein's support.

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, also criticized Trump's tweet, saying it "smacks of interference in investigations and I think that's inappropriate".

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