According to a transcript, Steele said: “I presumed it was the Clinton campaign, and Glenn Simpson had indicated that. But I was not aware of the technicality of it being the DNC that was actually the client of Perkins Coie.”
He said he believed that Hillary Clinton herself was aware of his work.
Solomon reported Steele was confronted with what lawyers said were notes he took at a meeting with the FBI in 2016.
At that meeting, Steele purportedly told agents that Clinton was aware of his research.
The lawyers read from those notes during the court proceedings.
The notes said: “We explained that Glenn Simpson/GPS Fusion was our commissioner but the ultimate client were the leadership of the Clinton presidential campaign and that we understood the candidate herself was aware of the reporting at least, if not us.”