"President Trump's vile comments about Africa and Haiti are despicable and beneath the dignity of the presidency". Suffice it to say, he wasn't thrilled.
"The fact that Sneaky Dianne Feinstein, who has on numerous occasions stated that collusion between Trump/Russia has not been found, would release testimony in such an underhanded and possibly illegal way, totally without authorization, is a disgrace", Mr Trump tweeted. "Must have tough Primary!" In a 312-page transcript of Simpson's August 2017 interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee, Simpson's attorney also said it was risky to discuss the dossier's sources because its public release past year had already led to murder. Once Sens. Grassley and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) started talking about treating Christopher Steele, a former British spy, like a criminal, it became clear to Feinstein and others that Trump enablers would stop at nothing to protect the liar in the White House who is promoting their political agenda.
Dianne Feinstein deserves kudos for releasing the contents of a transcript that settled once and for all the question of how the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election got started.
"Their [Republicans'] goal, it seems, is to discredit the investigation so that, ultimately, they can discredit any findings that are detrimental to their party or their president", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat.
According to Simpson, Steele replied to his reservations by saying: "Don't worry about that, I know the ideal person, I have a contact there, they'll listen to me, they know who I am, I'll take care of it", referring to the ex-spy's alleged connection to someone in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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.
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The New York Times reported December 30 that the investigation began after a Trump campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, revealed to an Australian diplomat in London that Russian Federation had political dirt on Democrat Hillary Clinton.
"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".
Although not every Republican condemned Feinstein's decision "to set the record straight" by releasing the Simpson transcript, the move infuriated Grassley, who accused her of undermining the investigation's integrity.
Comey briefed Trump on the existence of the file during the presidential transition, as well as the fact that USA intelligence believed it might appear in the press.
Cohen has testified before the House and Senate Committees over his alleged involvement in collusion, but did not say whether Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team interviewed him.
The president also called the Russian Federation probe the "greatest single Witch Hunt in American history" and urged congressional Republicans to "finally take control" of the investigation.