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Murder, espionage, blackmail: What US politicians heard about Russia affair

Fusion GPS lawyer Someone has already been killed over publication of Trump dossier Dossier author feared Donald Trump was being blackmailed
Kayla Schwartz | 13 January, 2018, 04:03

President Donald Trump lashed out at Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein on Twitter on Wednesday, in response to her release of an interview transcript related to the Russian Federation investigation.

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In a separate tweet, Mr Trump accused Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein of being "underhanded and a disgrace" for disclosing details of a dossier of allegations about his ties to Russian Federation during the presidential campaign.

Trump attacked Feinstein, D-Calif., for releasing a transcript of private testimony from Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson on Tuesday - testimony from last summer that Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have declined to release.

The most aggressive of the three committees so far, with a reasonable appearance of bipartisanship. Steele's reports were eventually compiled into a dossier alleging the Trump campaign did coordinate with the Kremlin - a claim the president has repeatedly denied. But Burr has also said the committee was not focused on "criminal acts" but a larger picture. John McCain, R-Ariz., who gave it to then-FBI Director James Comey.

President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen announced late Tuesday that he is suing BuzzFeed News over the Russian Federation dossier, almost one year after the release of the controversial text.

Riven by partisan conflict, the committee appears to be on track to produce two reports - one from each party.

President Donald Trump unleashed on Democratic Sen.

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However, shortly after the transcript was released, "a source close to Fusion GPS" told NBC News that Simpson was referring to an Australian diplomat, who had ed the USA government after a night of "heavy drinking" with former low-level Trump foreign policy campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.

She released the testimony Tuesday before consulting with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, which she told TheDC she regrets.

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

"The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public", she said in a statement. Chuck Grassley, who had previously refused to release the contents of the interview.

Simpson said when he began his research into Trump, he was struck by Trump's many connections to people linked to Russian organized crime, including Felix Sater, who pleaded guilty in 1998 to a mafia stock swindle and later helped Trump develop the Trump Soho hotel.

Mr Simpson later said he was not sure if the Federal Bureau of Investigation informant was from the Mr Trump's election campaign or the Trump Organisation, the president's real estate firm, which is now run by his two older sons.

Simpson told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Steele was so alarmed by the things he was told by Russian sources that he felt obligated to report them to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In the formerly confidential transcript, we learned that one person died as a result of the publishing of the dossier, so Simpson's attorney Josh Levy told the committee.

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