Democratic senator defends release of Fusion GPS testimony

Simpson himself had wanted the testimony disclosed, in which he told the Senate Judiciary Committee about his company's role in the Trump-Russia dossier that alleges Russia has damaging information about President Trump.
By Rick Docksai | Jan 12, 2018
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) made "the right move" when she released Fusion GPS founder Glen Simpson's Senate testimony, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Wednesday. Murphy dismissed Republican criticisms that Feinstein had released the 300-page document without consulting with her Senate Judiciary Committee colleagues as disingenuous.

"Remember that the Republicans didn't consult with her with respect to their referral to the Department of Justice on Fusion GPS," Murphy said, referring to committee member Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Graham and Grassley had both referred Christopher Steele, who authored the infamous Trump-Russia dossier while hired by Simpson's company, to the Justice Department for criminal investigation without consulting with committee Democrats.

Feinstein has been under fire this week from Republicans for disclosing the testimony that Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson had given to the Senate Judiciary Committee in August about its role in creating the dossier, which alleges that Russia holds damaging information about President Trump. Simpson claimed in his Senate testimony that Steele went to the FBI with the information he had uncovered because he feared that Trump "was being blackmailed."

Simpson himself had asked for the testimony's release, but Grassley and other Republican colleagues objected on the grounds that releasing it would discourage other witnesses from coming forward and thus compromise the committee's ability to investigate. Murphy added that the truth about Russia and the 2016 election is more likely to emerge from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, however.

"I've always been skeptical that the Senate Judiciary Committee or the Intelligence Committee was going to be able to keep Republicans and Democrats together on their own investigations," Murphy told Cuomo. "I think we've gotta count on Mueller being the only place that's gonna ultimately get to the facts."

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