In an unexpected move, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the full transcript of the August 2017 interview with the Senate Intelligence Committee and Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, whose firm was behind the Steele dossier.
Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer compiled the controversial dossier, which alleges ties between Russians and Donald Trump — including ties to international money laundering operations.
Feinstein said in an official statement, “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. The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public.”
Rachel Maddow tweeted:
Steele believed a “human source from inside the Trump organization” had already gone to FBI: “a voluntary source, someone who was concerned with the same concerns we had” (pp.175-6)
Steele believed a "human source from inside the Trump organization" had already gone to FBI: "a voluntary source, someone who was concerned with the same concerns we had" (pp.175-6) pic.twitter.com/N6bd2N5d4O
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) January 9, 2018
In the Senate testimony, Simpson also provided details of ways money had been stolen from a bank in Kazakhstan, laundered throughout several other countries, and eventually funneled into Trump’s Soho project.
“So there was a civil case, at least one civil case in New York involving — filed by the city of Almaty… against some alleged Kazakh money launderers. I don’t remember exactly how, but we learned that — it wasn’t from Chris. We learned that Felix Sater had some connections with these people, and it’s been more recently in the media that he’s helping the government of Kazakhstan to recover this money. There’s been media reports that the money went into the Trump Soho or it went into the company that built the Trump Soho,” Simpson testified.
Trump and Sater have had a financial relationship since at least 2003.
Other highlights of Simpson’s testimony include:
Simpson asserted he had “factual reason to believe” the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting was an attempt by the Russians to make contact with the Trump campaign, but said, “You know, as a sort of question of counterintelligence and just general investigation of Russian methods and that sort of thing, I think that’s a reasonable interpretation.”
Simpson talked about how the Trump Organization handles paying taxes: “One of the things we found out was that, you know, when it comes to paying taxes, Donald Trump claims to not have much stuff. At least the Trump organization. So they would make filings with various state and local authorities saying that their buildings weren’t worth much.”
Read the full transcipt HERE.