Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., released the full transcript Tuesday of a Senate Judiciary Committee interview with the founder of a firm behind a 2016 dossier on President Donald Trump’s ties with Russia.
Glenn Simpson, one of the founders of Fusion GPS, the firm commissioned by Democrats to look into Trump’s background in the runup to the 2016 elections, was subpoenaed by the committee to testify last year as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. He spoke with the committee in August behind closed doors. Simpson has asked in recent weeks, as the investigations into the document on Capitol Hill have intensified, for the full transcript to be released.
The document was compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British spy who the committee referred to the Department of Justice last week for an investigation into whether he misled the FBI.
Feinstein said in a statement that “the innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript are part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice. The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public.”
The move drew criticism from Republicans, including committee chair Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who indicated a day earlier he would not release the 312-page transcript. In a statement he said the move “undermines the integrity of the committee’s oversight work and jeopardizes its ability to secure candid voluntary testimony relating to the independent recollections of future witnesses.”
Read the committee’s full transcript of Simpson’s testimony below. Read more about what we learned from the transcript here.