Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Tuesday released the full transcript from Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
“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,” Feinstein said in a statement. “The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public.”
The release of the transcript, Feinstein said, was supported by committee Democrats.
The move follows committee a decision by Republicans Chuck Grassley, who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Lindsey Graham to issue a criminal referral last week against Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored the largely unverified “Trump dossier.”
Democrats on the committee said they were not consulted ahead of the Republicans’ referral to the Department of Justice.
According to a word search, the name “Trump” appears 171 times in the transcript.
Simpson touches on a wide array of topics, including Trump’s business ties and his connection to Felix Sater, who is reputed to have links to Russian organized crime.
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