GOP senators urge criminal probe of Trump dossier author

Grassley speaks with reporters ahead of votes on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S

Congressional panels, including the Senate Intelligence Committee, set out to investigate USA intelligence agency allegations that Russian Federation conducted a campaign of hacking and disinformation to undermine US democracy in the election, but some of the bipartisanship has eroded.

The Intelligence Committee has attempted to slap contempt citations on the department and the FBI for its investigation into claims of Russian collusion in the dossier.

The op-ed also called on lawmakers to examine financial institutions that were funding the United States president's businesses.

A representative for Fusion GPS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The dossier was unveiled to the public in early 2017.

Although several news organizations, including Reuters, were briefed on Steele's dossier before the November 2016 election, most decided not to report on the material because its inflammatory and sometimes salacious content could not be verified. Moscow denies interference and Trump denies any collusion.

The dossier was turned over to the FBI in 2016, and federal investigators worked to corroborate portions of it. Flynn is now cooperating with the investigation. Graham, Grassley and some other Republicans have used official resources to investigate the Steele dossier, Trump critics and officials working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mueller. However, CNN's reporting shows a number of pieces of intelligence separate from the dossier raised concerns among United States national security officials and propelled an investigation.

Christopher Steele   Screenshot
Christopher Steele Screenshot

The New York Times reported last week that Australian officials passed information about a Trump foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, to USA counterparts after he bragged that Russian Federation had compromising information about Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate.

The news was reported by CNN's senior Congressional correspondent Manu Raju.

In his op-ed, Simpson compared Republican attacks against him, which have been led in the Senate by Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, to efforts by Republicans to protect Richard Nixon during the Watergate era. Fusion was paid for the investigation by Perkins Coie, an intermediary for the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.

Instead of focusing on the Russian Federation claims, Simpson said, key Republicans have instead made him the focus of their investigations.

Republicans have so far declined to release any of the transcripts of Simpson's interviews. Chaffetz said. "That question was not answered yet".

Donald Trump has threatened to sue a publisher over a book he doesn't like. "I'll continue to stand strong against any efforts to undermine Special Counsel Mueller's investigation, as well as the ongoing congressional investigations", Feinstein said.

Simpson has been accused of having a hand in the meeting because of past and allegedly unrelated work that his firm did in connection to some of the Russians who attended the meeting. "We should all be sceptical in the extreme". "To have done so is our right under the first amendment".

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