FBI had source inside Trump team, claims Fusion GPS founder

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Transcript of Glenn Simpson’s Senate testimony sheds light on Russian investigation

The man behind a controversial dossier of information about then-candidate Donald Trump claimed the FBI had a source inside Mr Trump’s network during their investigation of his campaign, a newly released transcript has shown.

Glenn Simpson, the founder of research firm Fusion GPS – who commissioned former MI6 officer Christopher Steele to compile the dossier – testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee in August. In his testimony, he suggested that Mr Steele had claimed the existence of a secret FBI source inside the Trump camp.

The so-called “Steele dossier” is known for its shocking claims, including that the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia – something Mr Trump has repeatedly denied.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein released a transcript of the interview on Tuesday, after repeated disagreements with Republicans on the committee.

According to the transcript, Mr Simpson told the committee that Mr Steele had reported his suspicions about the Trump campaign to the FBI in July in 2016. When the researcher spoke with the FBI again in September, Mr Simpson said, agents made it clear that they believed at least some of his allegations.

“My understanding was that they believed Chris at this point – that they believed Chris 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 Organisation,” Mr Simpson said.

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