Christopher Steele was told Federal Bureau of Investigation had source in Trump orbit

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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. Fusion GPS received payment for the dossier from the Clinton campaign and the Democrat National Committee.

President Trump's longtime attorney is suing the research firm that compiled the infamous Russian Federation dossier on President Trump and the news website BuzzFeed, which published it. It's making our country look foolish.

MCEVERS: What else is in it?

During hours of questioning, Mr Simpson also revealed Mr Steele took the dossier to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in July 2016, and said his concern was "whether or not there was blackmail going on, whether a political candidate was being blackmailed or had been compromised".

Steele, according to Simpson, also met with someone from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Rome in September to share his findings. And then as Simpson tells it, Steele told him that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had other information about Trump-Russia links from an individual within the Trump campaign itself. "So, you know, if we can do that in the most appropriate way, I said it was okay for him to do that", he said.

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Mr Trump and some Republicans have attacked both Mr Simpson's firm and Mr Steele in recent months and also questioned the impartiality of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department in an apparent effort to discredit Mr Mueller's probe.

Grassley "would welcome Mr. Simpson's testimony before a public hearing", Foy added. As concerns mounted about Russia's attempts to interfere with the election, Steele brought some of his research to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. And although the dossier may have brought to light critical security issues, it can not ultimately prove anything explosive about Trump that would render him unfit for the presidency. How does the release of this transcript tie into that? Either way, Steele and Fusion are only supporting players in this story.

Grassley, the Iowa Republican who leads Senate oversight of the Justice Department, was responding to a tweet from Trump where the President called on his party to "take control" of the probe into potential coordination between his associates and Russian Federation, insisting it is the "single greatest" witch hunt in U.S. history. Then Sen. Dianne Feinstein D-Calif., released it on Tuesday against Republican committee members' wishes.

MCEVERS: Have the Republicans responded? And Simpson had already publicly called for the full release of his testimony.

Committee press secretary Taylor Foy released a statement on behalf of Chairman Chuck Grassley condemning the release. I mean, does Simpson address any of the allegations that Republicans have raised with this dossier? The document also raised concerns about the threat of Trump being blackmailed by Russian operatives who have so much compromising information about him.

"Chris, as I say, has a sterling reputation as a person who doesn't exaggerate, doesn't make things up, doesn't sell baloney", said Simpson. They weren't encouraged, discouraged.

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