Trump, the Republicans, and Trump's inner circle have been hard at work to discredit the dossier as politically motivated and too much a linchpin of the FBI investigation. "It was presented to two successive presidents, and has been described in detail by news outlets around the world", BuzzFeed News spokesperson Matt Mittenthal said in a statement.
In May, Feinstein was asked by CNN whether she's seen evidence of collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation.
Committee Republican Lindsey Graham of SC, who last week joined Grassley in referring the author of the infamous Trump dossier to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution, tweeted, "It's not enough to simply release the transcript from the co-founder of #FusionGPS Glenn Simpson".
Simpson had requested that his 312-page testimony be released. "The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public".
Simpson told investigators that Steele is "basically a Boy Scout", saying he has worked with Steele on and off since 2009 and he knew him to be "a person who delivered quality work in very appropriate ways".
Cuomo pointed out that the Trump campaign engaged in opposition research, to which Caputo said, "we don't call it "intelligence" and we don't go to the Federal Bureau of Investigation with it". "I don't believe I said that".
Fusion GPS hired former British spy Christopher Steele to look into Trump's real-estate activities in Russia in a bid to tie Trump to Russian operatives.
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Washington.
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".
"My understanding was that they believed Chris at this point - that they believed Chris might be credible because they had other intelligence that indicated the same thing and one of those pieces of intelligence was a human source from inside the Trump organization". In his complaint against Fusion and its founder Glenn Simpson, Cohen charged that the company acted recklessly with the unvetted material.
But he steadfastly refused to comment on the portion of the President's tough tweet that said "Republicans should finally take control!" - with the senator rejecting a reporter's attempt to show him the tweet. "I don't have any desire to censure her", Hatch said, adding that there are "certain approaches you abide by" that pay homage to the longstanding comity that has existed between the chairman and ranking member of the panel.