Feinstein Releases Text of Senate Interview with Fusion GPS Official

Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein of Calif., makes a statement about President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey during a committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

By MARY CLARE JALONICK

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee has released a transcript from an interview with the co-founder of Fusion GPS, the firm that commissioned a dossier of allegations about President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein released the transcript from an August closed-door committee interview with Glenn Simpson after the Republican chairman of the committee, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, declined to. Simpson’s firm commissioned the dossier, which was initially paid for by a conservative website and later by Democrats.

The dossier was written by former British MI6 agent Christopher Steele.

Trump has derided the dossier as politically motivated, and several GOP-led committees are investigating whether it formed the basis for the FBI’s initial investigation into Russian election interference.

Democrats says those investigations are a distraction.

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