Author of Trump dossier had concerns about Russian blackmail

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The second involved a decision by Democrat Senator Diane Feinstein of California to release the Congressional transcripts of Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson.

In the transcript, Simpson said Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the dossier, took it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and said his concern was "whether or not there was blackmail going on, whether a political candidate was being blackmailed or had been compromised".

The Washington research firm has been under attack by the White House and Republican lawmakers over the dossier, which is central to investigations in Congress and by a federal special counsel into allegations that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election to help Trump win.

Turns out, former British agent Christopher Steele wasn't the only one who heard about some parts of the famous "pee tape" dossier.

The Iowa Republican, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, responded by saying he didn't want to compromise the committee's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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Democrats says those investigations are a distraction.

"My understanding was that they believed Chris at this point - that they believed Chris's (Steele's) information might be credible because they had other intelligence that indicated the same thing and one of those pieces of intelligence was a human source from inside the Trump organization", Simpson said.

"It was someone like us who chose to pick up the phone and report something", he said, adding that he believed the source was "voluntary", and "was concerned about the same concerns we had".

Feinstein's decision came after a tense back-and-forth between Republicans and Democrats over what to do with the transcript of Simpson's interview, which he provided on August 22.

Simpson had previously declined to answer another question posed by the committee's investigators, citing "security". He invited Mr. Simpson to instead testify publicly.

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The New York Times reported last month that Papadopoulos told the diplomat that Russian Federation had thousands of emails that would embarrass Clinton and that the Australians' subsequent tip to the FBI about the conversation helped persuade the bureau to investigate potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

"The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public", she said.

The Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Sen. On Jan. 2, Simpson and fellow Fusion GPS co-founder Peter Fritsch called on congressional investigators to release their testimony.

Simpson's testimony was released Tuesday by Sen. Grassley and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, called last week for the Justice Department to launch a criminal inquiry into Steele. Later, as Trump's pathway to the Republican nomination became more assured, the firm was hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee to continue that research.

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