Trump calls on Republicans to 'finally take control' of the Russian Federation investigation

President Donald Trump during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy at the White House on Tuesday. | Evan Vucci  Associated Press

President Donald Trump shot back at Sen.

In a statement accompanying the release of the Simpson transcript Tuesday, Feinstein said "the American people deserve the opportunity to see what (Simpson) said (about the dossier) and judge for themselves". "Must have tough Primary!", President Trump wrote on Twitter.

"After speaking with majority and minority committee staff for 10 hours, Glenn Simpson requested the transcript of his interview be released publicly".

The 84-year-old Feinstein, who is up for reelection in 2018, faces a primary challenge from California's progressive State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León. Dianne Feinstein, one day after the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee released the committee's interview with Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS, whose political research firm authored the Steele dossier.

It was unclear what Trump meant by saying that Republicans should take control.

In a separate Tweet, Trump referred to the Russian Federation investigation as the "single greatest Witch Hunt in American history".

A separate investigation by the House Intelligence Committee led by chairman Devin Nunes is trying to establish whether opposition research from Fusion GPS on Trump formed the basis of the FBI's investigation into allegations that Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation. "Russia & the world is laughing at the stupidity they are witnessing".

There was significant infighting among Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee over whether to release the transcript.

Among the most startling statements made during Simpson's interview was when he said that "somebody's already been killed" as a result of the dossier's publication.

"It's totally confounding", said a Grassley spokesman, Taylor Foy.

As reported last night, the file has been central to these investigations, with Democrats claiming it to be a roadmap to alleged collusion and corruption by Trump whereas Republicans and Trump's inner circle insisting that it is filled with unverified claims that the FBI may have used to improperly to secure a warrant to spy on Trump's campaign and transition.

The investigation led by special prosecutor Robert S. Mueller III has so far led to a guilty plea from Trump former national security adviser Michael Flynn and charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

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