I'm Proud We Published the Trump-Russia Dossier

Christopher Steele

Christopher Steele

Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, whose firm commissioned a controversial dossier alleging secret ties between President Donald Trump and the Kremlin, told congressional investigators in August that the FBI found the dossier credible because an unnamed "human source" associated with Trump had offered the bureau corroborating information.

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"When they have no collusion and nobody's found any collusion at any level, it seems unlikely that you'd even have an interview", Mr Trump said during a joint news conference with the prime minister of Norway.

The move earned a rebuke from Grassley, who has been fixated on the dossier and last week urged the Justice Department to investigate possible criminal charges for its author, former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele. "Its interest to the public is obvious", Buzzfeed spokesman Matt Mittenthal said in a statement.

"I can't think of a law that it violates", he said.

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Simpson and Fusion GPS were hired in 2016 to do opposition research on Trump, first by a conservative donor and later by Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Steele had compiled the 35-page intelligence dossier under contract, making several explosive and uncorroborated claims about then-Republican presidential candidate Trump.

The lawyer, Michael Cohen, denied any personal role in Russia's involvement in the 2016 election when he appeared before the House and Senate intelligence committees in October.

Finger-pointing and acrimony surrounding probes of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election intensified Thursday, with the Trump White House and Democratic lawmakers trading accusations of undermining and manipulating investigations that require bipartisan buy-in to succeed.

Simpson said he and Steele also began referring press questions to the FBI over whether Trump was under investigation, too. NPR has not detailed its contents because it is unsubstantiated, but it describes an effort by powerful Russians to build bridges with Trump and his campaign.

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At the moment, Trump is boxed in both by his own party and the Russian Federation investigations. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., acknowledged he had received a copy but said "no further full committee activity is planned at this time".

She said during a November appearance on CNN that the judiciary panel hadn't turned up evidence that the Trump campaign got dirt on the Clinton team.

The document has become a focus of Republican-led investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., blunts charges by Republicans that the FBI and Justice Department used politically funded agitprop to launch an investigation into Trump's potential Russian Federation connections - one that continues to this day.

Byron York of the Washington Examiner reported this week that representatives from these committees had the opportunity to view documents that cut to "the question of whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation used unverified material from the dossier - a Clinton campaign opposition research product - to apply for permission to spy on Americans".

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