Partisan Finger-pointing Threatens Russia Probes on Capitol Hill

The anti-sexual harrassment panel was led by Sens. Charles E. Grassley and Dianne Feinstein

The anti-sexual harrassment panel was led by Sens. Charles E. Grassley and Dianne Feinstein. Bloomberg Zach Gibson

"Must have tough Primary!"

The full 312-page transcript of that interview was released by the senior Democrat on the committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein, yesterday, in defiance of Republican committee members and amid a "fierce debate about transparency surrounding the whole Russia-collusion investigation", The Guardian says. But Billionaire activist Tom Steyer, long rumored to be pondering a bid, will not get in the race - according to the L.A. Times.

The longtime personal lawyer for President Donald Trump has filed a defamation lawsuit against BuzzFeed for publishing an unverified dossier of allegations about Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation. Dianne Feinstein made the right decision to release testimony of Glenn Simpson, head of the research firm behind the dossier, but said such partisan acts emphasize the need for the special counsel's case.

President Trump's longtime attorney is suing the research firm that compiled the infamous Russian Federation dossier on President Trump and the news website BuzzFeed, which published it.

Meanwhile, Michael Cohen, one of President Donald Trump's personal lawyers, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the research firm Fusion GPS for producing the infamous Steele dossier that alleged the Trump campaign had ties to Russian Federation.

"According to Source D, where s/he had been present, TRUMP's (perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew President and Mrs OBAMA (whom he hated) had stayed on one of their official trips to Russian Federation, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a "golden showers" (urination) show in front of him".

Republicans have questioned the credibility of Steele, a reputed British spy.

In the transcript, Simpson revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation told him that they were had some information similar to what was in Steele's dossier, thanks in part to a source "inside the Trump network". Add to that the fact that Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham asked the Department of Justice to open a criminal investigation into Steele's inconsistencies, and surely we can look forward to more clarifications and walkbacks in the future. That detail is one of many in a transcript released today by Senator Dianne Feinstein.

The committee has not been investigating allegations concerning the president or anomalies of the 2016 USA elections. It's worth noting here that Feinstein says that Grassley didn't consult with her before referring Steele for investigation.

Mr Trump has withheld his tax returns from public scrutiny in the U.S. but because the situation is more open in Britain, it enabled investigators to examine more close his business deals.

In releasing the Simpson transcript on Tuesday, however, Feinstein has taken away some of the advantage that Republican majorities enjoyed before.

"I can't think of a law that it violates", he said.

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