Democrat releases Fusion GPS testimony, revealing possible Federal Bureau of Investigation informant in Trump organization

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A day earlier, Feinstein, who faces a primary challenge in her re-election this year, released the transcript of the Senate Judiciary Committee's closed-door August interview with an official from the political opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which commissioned the dossier. Mr. Comey referred to the dossier as "salacious and unverified material".

As the seriousness of the Russian Federation investigation has become clearer, the pro-Trump line has shifted from dismissing the dossier to stressing its role in the investigation: The dossier, some of Mr. Trump's defenders now say, played too big a part, given that a portion of Mr. Steele's funding came from political enemies of Mr. Trump, including the Democratic National Committee.

"The dossier is, and continues to be, the subject of active investigations by Congress and intelligence agencies", BuzzFeed spokeswoman Katie Rayford told Politico in a statement. Soon Feinstein's unexpected move may come to look like the least of Trump's troubles.

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Now in the public domain, the transcript touches on a number of areas ranging from Trump's tax filings and business network-including his connection to Felix Sater, an individual with alleged connections to Russian organized crime gangs. Feinstein chose to release the transcripts in response.

"Sometime thereafter the FBI - I understand Chris severed his relationship with the FBI out of concern that he didn't know what was happening inside the FBI and there was a concern that the FBI was being manipulated for political ends by the Trump people and that we didn't really understand what was going on".

Byron York of the Washington Examiner reported this week that representatives from these committees had the opportunity to view documents that cut to "the question of whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation used unverified material from the dossier - a Clinton campaign opposition research product - to apply for permission to spy on Americans". Prevezon's lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, was also present at the 2016 Trump Tower meeting. Buzzfeed's decision to print its contents, even after other outlets declined, opened the organization up to questions about its ethics and editorial process.

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The Judiciary Committee's chairman, Sen.

Grassley (R-Iowa) was none too happy. Lindsey Graham, used it on January 5 in issuing a "criminal referral" against Steele to the Justice Department. "Republicans should finally take control!" he tweeted. Now all of Simpson's testimony to her committee is available for review - and Democrats said that's the way it should be.

That part of the law specifically gives the USA government the power to get access to communications, such as emails or phone calls, of foreigners outside the United States who may be plotting a terrorist attack but does not allow the government to target Americans. In recent weeks, congressional Republicans have argued that the origins of the Steele dossier - and its relationship to the FBI's investigation into Trump - are deeply concerning matters that the American people deserve more information about. "That's obstruction of justice".

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