Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Feinstein blames 'bad cold' for handling of Fusion GPS transcript

Feinstein blames 'bad cold' for handling of Fusion GPS transcript

Regardless of the fact that the "dossier" has been completely discredited, the anti-Trump Left has attempted recently to take it out of moth balls, dust it off, and hold it up as evidence of Trump/Russia collusion. For instance, Feinstein - besides releasing the transcript of Simpson's interview with her committee's investigators - made a statement about the referral for criminal investigation, saying, "It's clearly another effort to deflect attention from what should be the committee's top priority: determining whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation to influence the election and whether there was subsequent obstruction of justice".

Feinstein published Simpson's testimony on Tuesday, catching Republicans by surprise.

Trump added on Wednesday that "the single greatest Witch Hunt in American history continues", referring to the Russian Federation investigation.

As for the "sneaky" label, she said, "He tends to call people names very quickly, so I'm not alone".

The two events most likely to have irritated Trump occurred at nearly the same time Tuesday. If he was, he wouldn't need to change the libel laws.

Trump called the investigation a "phony cloud" over his administration.

Mr Simpson, who started Fusion GPS in 2011, told United States officials his investigators "did an enormous amount of work" on Mr Trump.

Several Republican-led committees are now probing whether the document formed the basis for the FBI's initial investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race.

"[Rep. Kevin] McCarthy apparently was not the only one concerned by Trump's seeming agreement with Feinstein". Somehow, after all this slick tradecraft, Clinton's people never saw it coming when the Russians betrayed them and hacked the DNC anyway. Simpson's testimony, taken during August of a year ago, covered his firm's role in producing the infamous anti-Trump dossier for the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee.

"Listen, I screw up regularly and she doesn't owe me an apology", Grassley said.

The committee interviewed Simpson for ten hours back in August, which make up the 312-page transcript released by Feinstein on Tuesday. We didn't know what he was doing there.

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.

"That's why God made the Federal Bureau of Investigation", the Louisiana Republican continued. The GOP questioned whether Simpson's motives behind hiring Steele were political.

Now, it's possible that Simpson is a cool risk-taker who's willing to lie to Senate investigators.

Simpson's testimony, however, was not accurate, according to a person close to Fusion. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) showed that Christopher Steele, the author of the salacious Russian dossier on Trump, "was not acting as some political operative" when he turned over the document to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Trump said Wednesday on Twitter.

The goal of providing the dossier to McCain, the Fusion GPS founders explained, was to pass the information contained in the questionable document to the US intelligence community under the Obama administration. The views expressed here are exclusively his own.

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