Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Senate was told Federal Bureau of Investigation knew of possible Trump-Russia collusion

Michael Cohen, long time personal attorney for President Donald Trump, filed two defamation lawsuits Tuesday evening against research firm Fusion GPS and news site BuzzFeed.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) was irate that his fellow Senate Judiciary Committee member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) made a decision to release the transcript of their closed door meeting with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson, conducted previous year. "Must have tough Primary!", President Trump wrote on Twitter.

Fusion GPS is now being investigated by the Senate Judiciary Committee for the controversial dossier it produced on then-presidential candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 elections. Chuck Grassley, the committee's chairman, calling on him to release the transcript of the committee's interview with Simpson, but Grassley refused to do so.

Trump and others believe the controversial dossier triggered the FBI's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.

On Monday, there were new revelations that FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page had texted messages to each other that suggested they were on the Russian Federation investigation before the election.

In an op-ed piece published in The New York Times on January 2, Fusion GPS co-founders Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch write that: "We don't believe the Steele dossier was the trigger for the F.B.I.'s investigation into Russian meddling".

Trump on Wednesday went further, branding Feinstein's move as "underhanded" and potentially illegal.

Moreover, in his New York Times op-ed column last week, Simpson says he did not inform Steele whom GPS Fusion worked for.

A spokesman for Grassley called it "totally confounding that Senator Feinstein would unilaterally release a transcript of a witness interview in the middle of an ongoing investigation".

"There are some things I know that I just don't feel comfortable sharing because obviously it's been in the news a lot lately that people who get in the way of the Russians tend to get hurt", he said.

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Ms Feinstein said this was "part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice".

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, also criticized Trump's tweet, saying it "smacks of interference in investigations and I think that's inappropriate".

The California Democrat said she made the transcript public because she felt the American people had the right to know what the firm's leaders said about a dossier of Russia-related information about Trump.

Specifically, Republicans are trying to prove that it was the dossier that prompted the entire Russian investigation by the FBI in 2016.

He said that seems much more likely than the report that a former Trump campaign adviser's drunken boasts - not the dossier - led to the investigation.

Simpson said it was a "voluntary source" - someone who was concerned about the same concerns we had.

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