Transparency shines with Trump's immigration meet, Fusion GPS transcript release

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A lawyer for Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of Fusion GPS, told congressional investigators that "somebody's already been killed" as a result of the publication of the controversial dossier tying President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE to Russia.

However, two sources close to Fusion GPS told NBC News that Simpson's testimony inaccurately conflated what he had been told, and that the human source was actually George Papadopoulos, the Trump campaign aide who has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller. Chuck Grassley, declined to.

The Washington research firm has been under attack by the White House and Republican lawmakers over the dossier, which is central to investigations in Congress and by a federal special counsel into allegations that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election to help Trump win.

The dossier was written by former British MI6 agent Christopher Steele.

Following his lead, several GOP-led committees are now investigating whether the dossier formed the basis for the FBI's initial investigations.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein released a transcript of the interview on Tuesday, after repeated disagreements with Republicans on the committee.

Simpson also said Steele severed his contacts with the FBI before the election following disclosures that the bureau's inquiry had found no connection between Trump campaign and Russian Federation and concerns that it was being "manipulated for political ends by the Trump people". "The American people deserve the opportunity to see what he said and judge for themselves", Feinstein said in a statement.

Feinstein said she released the transcript to set the record straight.

Mr. Grassley last week rejected the firm's request to release the transcript, citing concerns that its release could taint the committee's ongoing investigations related to Russia's election meddling and the F.B.I.'s response. However, a person close to the investigation said Fusion GPS has long anxious that Steele's sources could be in danger, given a handful of killings that took place in the months after the dossier's existence became known.

Mr Steele was said to have passed on his findings to both USA and United Kingdom intelligence in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election due to concerns about national security for both countries. "Feinstein for her courage".

Ms Feinstein said she released the transcript with the agreement of the other Democrats on the committee, to combat the "innuendo and misinformation" surrounding it.

While Simpson has accused conservative lawmakers of acting in bad faith, Republicans have accused Steele, while working for Fusion GPS, of misleading the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Grassley and Republican Sen.

He also disputed Republican charges that his firm is linked to Democrats, saying the firm takes clients from both sides of the aisle.

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