January 9, 2018 2:25 pm -

Sen. Dianne Feinstein just pantsed the unctuous Senate Judiciary Committee boss Charles Grassley.

Senate Democrats on Tuesday released the transcripts from a closed-door Senate Judiciary interview with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson as part of the committee’s Russia probe. Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), a Republican, had previously denied multiple Democratic requests to make public the transcripts.

Grassley ain’t gonna be happy.

Fusion GPS released this statement within an hour of the transcript’s release:

Fusion GPS commends Sen. Feinstein for her courage. The transcript of Glenn Simpson’s lengthy responses to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s questioning speaks for itself.

We are still going through the testimony (PDF), but here are several highlights that have jumped out:

  • Simpson: “[Former British intel agent Christopher Steele] said he was very concerned about whether this represented a national security threat and said he wanted to — he said he thought we were obligated to tell someone in government, in our government about this information. He thought from his perspective there was an issue — a security issue about whether a presidential candidate was being blackmailed.
  • Simpson told the panel that Fusion’s preliminary work on the Trump investigation included a careful look at Trump’s bankruptcies and tax bills.
  • Mobbed up? Simpson: “Felix Sater was, you know, connected to the same Russian crime family that was at issue in the Prevezon case, which is the dominant Russian crime family in Russia and has a robust U.S. presence and is involved in a lot of crime and criminal activity in the United States and for many years was the — the leader of this family was on the FBI most wanted list and lives As it happens, Felix Sater was, you know, openly in Moscow as a fugitive from U.S. law for a very elaborate stock fraud. … The first name is Semyon, S-E-M-Y-O-N, the last name is Mogilevich, M-O-G-I-L-E-V-I-C-H.”
  • Simpson told the panel that Christopher Steele told Fusion GPS that the FBI said they had a “walk-in” whistleblower (the Australian diplomat who tipped off the FBI) — from within either the Trump Organization or presidential campaign — “someone who was concerned about the same concerns we had.”
  • Simpson: “I understand Chris severed his relationship with the FBI out of concern that he didn’t know what was happening inside the FBI and there was a concern that the FBI was being manipulated for political ends by the Trump people and that we didn’t really understand what was going on.”
  • Simpson’s lawyer, Joshua Levy, told the panel, “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.Somebody’s already been killed as a result of the publication of this dossier.”

Yes, more to follow…

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.