Lindsey Graham of South Carolina last week asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Steele had lied to committee investigators about his contacts with news reporters, a move that coincided with a multiple other Republican maneuvers to undercut the investigation of Trump.
In the latest shot, Trump's personal lawyer told Bloomberg News he had filed defamation suits against Buzzfeed News, which first published the dossier in January 2017, and Fusion GPS.
In his testimony, Simpson called Steele “a boy scout” who lives modestly and adheres to the highest professional standards.
Simpson described beginning to conduct opposition research on Trump for a Republican client but said that work ended in the spring of 2016 when it was clear Trump would be the Republican nominee.
The resulting “dossier” of allegations about Trump’s Russia connections has become a lightning rod for criticism by Trump’s defenders. 22 testimony has been sealed for more than four months, a decision that had become the source of partisan contention.
When Republican Chairman Charles Grassley of Iowa refused to release it, even after Simpson co-authored an editorial in the The New York Times demanding that he do so, the panel’s top Democrat set off sparks on Tuesday by unilaterally releasing it herself.
Committee lawyers pressed Simpson on whether he was taking money from both the Russian government, based on the Prevezon case, even as he was investigating the Kremlin’s election interference.
He said the law firm that hired him is obliged to determine the source of the money when it takes on a client, “and, to my knowledge, they did so and the (Prevezon) money was not coming from the Russian government.” On the day before and after the Trump Tower meeting, Veselnitskaya, in New York because of the Prevezon’s ongoing court hearings, had dinner with a group that included Simpson.
At the second dinner, he said, he sat next to an author who spoke of her biography of Latin American liberator Simon Bolivar.
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The day before a Russian lawyer offering “dirt” about Hillary Clinton met in June, 2016, with Donald Trump’s son, son-in-law and campaign chairman, she was at a dinner with a Washington consultant who, presumably unbenownst to her, was investigating Trump’s ties to the Kremlin.