Dianne Feinstein circumvented her Republican colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday and released more than 300 pages of testimony provided a year ago by Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson.
The congressional panel is one of three investigating the Russian Federation matter. Steele's reports were eventually compiled into a dossier alleging the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin - a claim the president has repeatedly denied.
"The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public", she said.
Simpson also testified that Steele told him the Federal Bureau of Investigation had similar intelligence from "an internal Trump campaign source" and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation "believed Chris' 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".
Ironically, both might be considered to be a step forward in government transparency, although, those members of the US Senate who did not want the 300 plus-page testimony to be released, might disagree.
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".
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During the debriefing, Steele shared information from his Russian sources, who said Trump had been coordinating with the Russian election-interference campaign of hacking and leaking.
Simpson told investigators that Steele is "basically a Boy Scout", saying he has worked with Steele on and off since 2009 and he knew him to be "a person who delivered quality work in very appropriate ways".
"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. "Her action undermines the integrity of the committee's oversight work and jeopardizes its ability to secure candid voluntary testimony relating to the independent recollection of future witnesses, " said the spokesman, Taylor Foy. However, a person close to the investigation said Fusion GPS has long anxious that Steele's sources could be in danger, given a handful of killings that took place in the months after the dossier's existence became known.
The interview with founder Glenn Simpson took place during the summer of 2017 and was, the New York Times reported, thought to be able to shed light on Fusion GPS' work as well as the concerns in regard to the Trump campaign. "The American people deserve the opportunity to see what he said and judge for themselves", said Feinstein. "Feinstein for her courage".
Earlier this month two senior Republican senators referred Mr Steele, over statements about the "distribution of claims contained in the dossier", to the US Department of Justice (DoJ) - urging them to investigate him.
Last week, Grassley and fellow Republican Sen.