Senator releases text of interview with Fusion GPS official

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A U.S. Democratic senator on Tuesday released testimony from the founder of the Fusion GPS firm that during the 2016 presidential election campaign researched Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation and produced a dossier that has been denounced by the White House. The New York Times reported last month that Papadopoulos told the diplomat that Russian Federation had thousands of emails that would embarrass Clinton and that the Australians' subsequent tip to the FBI about the conversation helped persuade the bureau to investigate potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

The dossier is a compilation of memos written by Steele during the 2016 campaign that contained allegations of connections between Trump and Russian Federation, including that Trump had been compromised by the Kremlin.

Feinstein said she released the transcript to set the record straight.

The FBI responded to Steele "by September", Simpson said, and Steele then met in mid- or late September with an FBI legal attaché in Rome.

Simpson also testified that Steele told him the Federal Bureau of Investigation had similar intelligence from "an internal Trump campaign source" and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation "believed Chris' information might be credible because they had other intelligence that indicated the same thing and one of those pieces of intelligence was a human source from inside the Trump organization".

The transcript reveals Mr Simpson also told the committee that Mr Steele was the "lead Russianist at MI6 prior to leaving" and was someone he had worked with since 2009.

The dossier, commissioned by the firm Fusion GPS during the 2016 presidential election campaign, was compiled by a former British spy named Christopher Steele.

Donald Trump has dismissed the Russia dossier as a politically-motivated smear. Chris Kleponis  Bloomberg
Donald Trump has dismissed the Russia dossier as a politically-motivated smear. Chris Kleponis Bloomberg

"My understanding was that they believed Chris at this point - that they believed Chris might be credible because they had other intelligence that indicated the same thing and one of those pieces of intelligence was a human source from inside the Trump Organisation", Mr Simpson said.

In recent weeks, as the political fights about the Russian Federation investigation and the dossier have intensified, Simpson has urged the committee to release the full transcript of his interview, arguing that Republicans are trying to obscure, rather than reveal, what happened in 2016.

Simpson's testimony, however, was not accurate, according to a person close to Fusion.

Feinstein issued the transcript of the 10-hour interview without the support of committee's Republican chairman, Sen. "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.

"The American people deserve the facts", Sen.

Earlier this month two senior Republican senators referred Mr Steele, over statements about the "distribution of claims contained in the dossier", to the US Department of Justice (DoJ) - urging them to investigate him. That decision marks the most serious break yet in the cooperative relationship she has had with the Republican chairman of the committee, Sen.

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