In the transcript, Simpson said Steele decided, on his own, to inform the Federal Bureau of Investigation in July 2016 of what he had found while compiling the dossier because he thought there was "a security issue about whether a presidential candidate was being blackmailed".
This would appear to be what compelled Steele, with Simpson's blessing, to report evidence he'd uncovered of Trump collusion with Russian Federation to the Federal Bureau of Investigation - before the election.
Donald Trump has lashed out at "sneaky" Sen.
Steele later told Simpson that he believed the FBI would consider his information credible because the bureau had corroborating intelligence, including from a human source within the Trump organization.
As for the "sneaky" label, she said, "He tends to call people names very quickly, so I'm not alone".
Christopher Steele's dossier alleges that the Russian government has damaging information on Trump.
Glenn Simpson, co-founder of the research firm Fusion GPS, testified that a Trump Organization official voluntarily reached out to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"I think I was saying we did not have the detailed conversations where he would debrief me on his discussions with the FBI", Simpson said.
The firm's co-founder wrote in the New York Times that "Republicans have refused to release full transcripts of our firm's testimony [to Congress], even as they selectively leak details to media outlets on the far right".
Other key components, that were corroborated by the Steele Dossier, included the fact that the Australian government forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in early 2016 based on a drunken conversation that Trump insider George Papadopoulos had with an Australian ambassador in London. This includes Senate Intelligence Committee chair Grassley, Senator Graham, U.S. Rep. Ryan and the entire hoard of Republican lemmings who have been drilled to parrot their party's official lies on the subject.
The criminal referral urged the DOJ to examine whether Steele made false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation "about the distribution of claims" contained in the dossier.
Mr Simpson's firm Fusion GPS commissioned the dossier, which was initially paid for by a conservative website and later by Democrats. Neither committee had intentions of releasing the transcripts from its interview with Simpson.
Simpson and Fritsch accused Republicans on the committee of withholding information from Simpson's August 2017 interview in order to undermine the veracity of the dossier. Fusion GPS had been hired by law firm Baker Hostetler to research the Prevezon Holdings litigation, which involved claims that $230 million was fraudulently taken from the Russian treasury and used to buy property in Manhattan.