Dianne Feinstein's Explanations for Releasing Trump-Russia Testimony Are Bizarre and Alarming

That's what the 84-year-old California lawmaker suggested when asked why she unilaterally released the testimony of Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson before the Senate Judiciary Committee without telling committee chairman Chuck Grassley.

Dianne Feinstein who defied Republicans and released testimony a day earlier from an interview with the co-founder of Fusion GPS, the firm that commissioned a dossier of allegations about Mr. Trump's ties to Russian Federation.

Michael Cohen also filed a second lawsuit against Washington research firm Fusion GPS, the company that hired former spy Christopher Steele to investigate Mr Trump's business dealings with Russian Federation.

Feinstein has on multiple occasions publicly stated that there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. This may be so, but I find it about as credible as Simpson's assertion that Steele had the superhuman power to distinguish fact from fiction when dealing with his sources. I can't help but wonder whether the true nature of the FBI counterintelligence investigation and the "collusion" story manifested in the Clinton campaign will be revealed before Republicans lose their congressional majorities.

The testimony contained numerous revelations about Fusion GPS, its work and its investigation into Trump.

Mr Steele - who founded and runs Orbis Business Intelligence in London - is said to have passed on his findings to both USA and United Kingdom intelligence in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

But let's assess what Trump is really attacking her for: providing the American public with the truth about testimony regarding a dossier containing damaging information about him.

Two senior U.S. senators have called for an investigation into an ex-MI6 officer over a dossier he wrote about President Trump's alleged Russian links. When the bureau reinterviewed Steele in early October, agents made it clear, according to Simpson's testimony released Tuesday, that they believed some of what Steele had told them.

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They have raised questions about whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation may have relied on the Steele document to improperly obtain surveillance warrants to spy on Mr Trump's campaign associates.

The special counsel's team of investigators has expressed interest in speaking with Trump, but no details have been worked out. "There was a concern that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was being manipulated for political ends by the Trump people and that we didn't really understand what was going on", Simpson said.

Fusion GPS commissioned the so-called Steele dossier, a controversial compilation of alleged ties between Trump and Russian Federation.

They have sued BuzzFeed, Fusion, Yahoo News and Steele.

In his 10-hour 22 August interview with the Senate committee, Simpson said that the firm's research into Trump's past began as "a kind of holistic examination" of his business record.

Simpson said he was dubious about Steele's plan to tell the Federal Bureau of Investigation it was a national security issue. That's the research firm behind the infamous Trump dossier.

"It's a false allegation", he said.

Trump called the investigation a "phony cloud" over his administration. "The memos are field reports that Chris's network conducted and there's nothing phony about it".

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