Feinstein's dramatic decision to defy the prohibition by her Republican committee chair and to release the unclassified 312-page transcript of the Senate Intelligence Committee interview with the head of Fusion GPS, responsible for the infamous Steele Dossier, is the biggest break in the case so far.
What Republicans "tried to do is create this sense that there's some collusion between the Russians and Christopher Steele, the guy who wrote the dossier that Glenn Simpson and Fusion GPS published", Whitehouse said.
According to the transcript, he told investigators that the Federal Bureau of Investigation informed Mr Steele that the government had intelligence from "an internal Trump campaign source".
President Trump lashed out at Sen.
But according to Simpson's testimony, Steele thought the Federal Bureau of Investigation would deem his claims credible because its person inside the campaign would corroborate them.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) speaks during a Senate committee meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., April 3, 2017.
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But in the late stages of the 2016 presidential campaign, Steele broke off contact with the FBI, Simpson said, because he did not believe it was taking him seriously enough.
But Caputo questioned the credibility of the dossier and of Steele's sources, building on GOP accusations that Steele paid sources for salacious information about Trump and that the claims have not been corroborated.
Simpson said Fusion began getting questions from the press about whether the FBI was investigating Trump and "we encouraged them to ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation that question".
Feinstein had the authority to make the transcript public as the committee's top Democrat, he said.
"When they have no collusion and nobody's found any collusion at any level, it seems unlikely that you'd even have an interview", Trump said Wednesday during a joint news conference with the prime minister of Norway.
Trump has attacked the dossier and called it "very fake", although its contents have not been proved or disproved.
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The lengthy transcript was released over the objections of Republicans, who have been sharply critical of Simpson's firm, Fusion GPS. "Her action undermines the integrity of the committee's oversight work and jeopardizes its ability to secure candid voluntary testimony relating to the independent recollections of future witnesses".
Simpson has testified for more than 20 hours before three congressional committees regarding his firm's role in commissioning the report.
Whether McCain knew that Fusion GPS was behind the dossier or that it was partially funded by Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee was not clear.
In September or October of 2015 somebody wanted Fusion to take a look at Trump, but Simpson's lawyer would not let him identify the client.
The confidential meeting with Glenn Simpson in August past year was part of the official Trump-Russia inquiry.
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