Republicans have argued that the tangled history of Fusion GPS's research - it was first backed by anti-Trump Republicans and then by Democrats during the 2016 race - raised doubts about the credibility of investigations into whether any of Trump's aides assisted Russia's efforts to meddle in the election. Republican Sens. Charles E. Grassley (Iowa), committee chair, and Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), also on the committee with Feinstein, have referred Simpson for criminal prosecution.
Trump responded on Twitter to a decision by Feinstein to release the transcript of a Senate Judiciary Committee interview with Fusion GPS' Glenn Simpson.
Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) to face a tough primary challenge in 2018. And in deep blue, Democrat-dominated California, that's just the kind of image Feinstein wants to cultivate as she seeks to win yet another term this fall.
President Trump labeled Sen.
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In recent months, however, Feinstein has stepped up the pressure on Trump and his White House, launching her own parallel investigation to the one Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is conducting into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation in 2016. And as the top Democrat on the committee, she didn't need authorization from Grassley to release it.
The criminal referral urged the DOJ to examine whether Steele made false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation "about the distribution of claims" contained in the dossier.
On Monday, Democratic Sens.
A separate investigation by the House Intelligence Committee led by chairman Devin Nunes is trying to establish whether opposition research from Fusion GPS on Trump formed the basis of the FBI's investigation into allegations that Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation. He asserted that releasing the transcript might have been illegal, but gave no reason or law Feinstein might have violated.
"There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there was no collusion, & yet on and on it goes".
The investigation led by special prosecutor Robert S. Mueller III has so far led to a guilty plea from Trump former national security adviser Michael Flynn and charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.