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The newly released transcript contains the testimony of Glenn Simpson, a former Wall Street Journal investigator reporter and co-founder of Washington's "intelligence gathering" research company called Fusion GPS. Dianne Feinstein for releasing the transcript of an interview of a key witness in the Senate Judiciary Committee's investigation of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - and in the process coined a new nickname for the California Democrat, the committee's ranking minority member. "Must have tough Primary!" So yes, the release of the transcript by the committee's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, is in a sense kind of returned fire.

On "Fox & Friends First", Gaetz pointed out that the dossier was paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC, and he questioned if it was the impetus behind the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there was no collusion, & yet on and on it goes.

"And, as for the part about Russian Federation and the world laughing at our stupidity?"

Last week, two Republican senators, Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham, wrote to the Department of Justice, demanding that a criminal prosecution be undertaken to target Steele for allegedly lying to FBI investigators.

In an op-ed piece published in The New York Times on January 2, Fusion GPS co-founders Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch write that: "We don't believe the Steele dossier was the trigger for the F.B.I.'s investigation into Russian meddling". "Trump ripped into Feinstein, referring to her as "sneaky" and a disgrace" before elaborating further. Yet Sen. Feinstein did America a huge favor by releasing Senate transcripts.

A former British spy compiled a dossier alleging the Trump campaign co-ordinated with the Kremlin. which US President Donald Trump denies. As the partisan fight over Russian interference in the 2016 election has intensified, Simpson has urged that his testimony be released, and a copy of the transcript was made public Tuesday. Trump has slammed the contents of the dossier as a "pile of garbage", although some aspects of the dossier are starting to seem accurate.

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Last fall, Feinstein, 84, announced her decision to seek a sixth Senate term this year.

"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.

In a statement accompanying the release of the transcript, Feinstein said that she was trying to set the record straight after speculation about the interview.

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

Several people familiar with the probe said Simpson's comments refer to a report from an Australian official who contacted USA officials in late July with concerns about a conversation months earlier in London with Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.

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