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Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is surrounded by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, following a closed-door hearing of the committee where former CIA Director David Petraeus testified. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein released the full transcript of the Trump Russia interview


Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Tuesday released the full transcript from the Senate Judiciary Committee's interview with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, who's firm is believed to be behind the controversial "Trump dossier."

The move came as a surprise and is seen as a slap in the face to Republicans on the committee who recently raised concerns about the dossier.

Last week Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley, who is the chairman of the committee, and Lindsey Graham referred Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier, to the Justice Department for criminal investigation.

Read more: Two GOP Senators are calling for a criminal investigation into the author of the Trump dossier

Democrats on the committee said they were not consulted ahead of the referral.

“After speaking with majority and minority committee staff for 10 hours, Glenn Simpson requested the transcript of his interview be released publicly. The American people deserve the opportunity to see what he said and judge for themselves,” Feinstein said in a 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," she added.

A spokesman for Grassley said Feinstein published the transcript with "not agreement" from Republicans on the committee, according to Politico.

The interview with Simpson took place last August.

In an op-ed published in the New York Times, Simpson and co-founder Peter Fritsch accused Republicans of keeping their testimony secret in order to publicly smear the dossier and distract from ongoing questions about the Trump campaign's ties to Russia.

You can read the 312-page transcript here.

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