Well, this is all kinds of concerning.
Today, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) released a more-than 300-page transcript of a private interview conducted over the summer between Senate Judiciary Committee investigators and Glenn Simpson, co-founder of the notorious Democrat dirt-digging firm Fusion GPS.
Feinstein says she released the transcript because 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” and only the transcript itself can correct the record. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley was not pleased with the move, though; his office issued a statement “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.”
Regardless of that dust-up, two revelations in particular from the transcript — which you can read for yourself by clicking here — already stand out.
First, the Washington Post reports that according to the interview, former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled the infamous “Trump dossier,” had reason to believe that Barack Obama and James Comey’s FBI had at least one mole somewhere within the camp of then-candidate Donald Trump:
“My understanding was that they believed Chris at this point — that they believed Chris 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. Simpson added that his understanding was the source was someone who had volunteered information to the FBI or, in his words, “someone like us who decided to pick up the phone and report something.”
It’s unclear whether Simpson meant that this alleged mole was within Trump’s campaign, his business organization, or elsewhere among Trump’s informal associates. But regardless, if this is true, it’s a highly suspicious detail. Then again, that is a big “if,” as noted by Sean Davis in the below tweet on Simpson’s credibility, and even if it is true, it doesn’t necessarily mean anything, given how scandalously full of crap Steele has been confirmed to be on so many of the dossier’s other claims.
When asked by Congress if Fusion was a "Democrat-linked firm," Glenn Simpson said that was not accurate. The reality? He was hired by the DNC and Hillary Clinton. pic.twitter.com/k2GMgtRYhj
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) January 9, 2018
(Grassley’s office also noted that “Feinstein herself subpoenaed [Simpson] last year for lack of cooperation.”)
Of potentially far greater concern is today’s other big revelation from the transcript, as reported by Fox News:
“He [Simpson] wants to be very careful to protect his sources,” [Simpson’s] attorney Josh Levy said during the Aug. 22 Senate Judiciary Committee interview of his client. “Somebody’s already been killed as a result of the publication of this dossier and no harm should come to anybody related to this honest work.”
Levy didn’t elaborate on who was killed. The website BuzzFeed first published the dossier online last January, airing its unverified allegations about President Trump’s connections with Russia.
We know that Russian government officials were among the sources for the dossier’s claims, so if Levy is correct about this, it’s not exactly a leap to conclude who did the killing, and who the victims might be.
What do you think about all of this? Do you trust the Senate Judiciary Committee to get to the bottom of it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Hat tip: Memorandum