DEVELOPING: Dem Senator Feinstein Releases ENTIRE Fusion GPS Testimony on Russia Dossier
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) unilaterally released Fusion GPS’s full testimony from an August 2017 interview Tuesday.
Congressional investigators interviewed Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson about the Russia dossier; Republican leaders pushed back on the release of the transcript.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Tuesday released the full transcript from Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
“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,” Feinstein said in a statement. “The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public.”
According to CNBC some initial highlights include Glenn Simpson talking about how the Trump Organization handles paying taxes.
- Fusion GPS did not secure full access to Trump’s tax returns, Simpson said: “They were Trump properties and I believe we may have reviewed some public information about estate taxes and things like that. We didn’t have access to his tax returns.”
- Simpson said he only become aware of the infamous Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer when it was reported in the New York Times. “I was stunned.”
- Fusion GPS concluded that Trump “exaggerated” his properties’ worth in legal filings — but they did not indicate or show connections to Russia: “Not that I recall.”
- Simpson had no “factual reason to believe” the Trump Tower meeting was a Russian attempt to make contact with the Trump campaign, but: “You know, as a sort of question of counterintelligence and just general investigation of Russian methods and that sort of thing, I think that’s a reasonable interpretation.”
It is important to note that Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson was with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya just hours before the Trump Tower meeting AND saw her again shortly after.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley’s spox had this to say about Feinstein’s unilateral decision to release the transcript, as reported by Fox News’ Chad Pergram:
“Grassley spox: It’s totally confounding that Senator Feinstein would unilaterally release a transcript of a witness interview in the middle of an ongoing investigation..Her decision was made without consulting Chairman Grassley”
Grassley spox: It’s totally confounding that Senator Feinstein would unilaterally release a transcript of a witness interview in the middle of an ongoing investigation..Her decision was made without consulting Chairman Grassley
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 9, 2018
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Read the full transcript here.