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Lawyer: 'Someone's already been killed' as a result of the Trump dossier

Lawyer: 'Someone's already been killed' as a result of the Trump dossier

Simpson of Fusion GPS, took place last summer and was expected to shed light on the origins of the firm's work, its concerns about the Trump campaign's activities, and what the F.B.I. may have done with the information.

U.S. Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday released testimony from the founder of the Fusion GPS firm that researched President Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation and produced a dossier denounced by the White House.

Fusion initially was hired through a conservative website, the Washington Free Beacon, during the Republican primaries to dig up dirt on Trump.

In his 10-hour 22 August interview with the Senate committee, Simpson said that the firm's research into Trump's past began as "a kind of holistic examination" of his business record.

The head of the research firm behind a dossier of allegations against then-presidential candidate Donald Trump told congressional investigators that someone inside Trump's network had also provided the FBI with information during the 2016 campaign, according to a newly released transcript, a claim quickly disputed by people close to the investigation into Russian interference in the election. Steele's reports were eventually compiled into a dossier alleging the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin - a claim the president has repeatedly denied. "It's political rhetoric to call the dossier phony".

Following his lead, several GOP-led committees are now investigating whether the dossier formed the basis for the FBI's initial investigations. Simpson would not name the source.

Steele met with an Federal Bureau of Investigation official in Rome to discuss his findings and reported back on their exchange, Simpson told the committee.




Steele broke off contact with the FBI sometime between October 31, 2016, and the election on November 8, Simpson said, because Steele concluded that the information he had given to the FBI was not elevated to the highest levels of the bureau and was not being vigorously pursued.

"My understanding was that they believed Chris at this point - that they believed Chris's (Steele's) information 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 organization", Simpson said.

Simpson, a former journalist who co-founded Fusion GPS, denied strongly in the interview that the dossier, which contains some salacious allegations, was phony.

The congressional panel is one of three investigating the Russian Federation matter.

Citing Republicans' attempt to discredit the dossier, Simpson had called for the release of the closed-door interviews he has done as part of congressional Russian Federation investigations, including his interview with the Judiciary committee.

"The innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript are part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice", said Dianne Feinstein, who is the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. In a statement, Fusion GPS commended Feinstein "for her courage" in releasing the document.

Hampered early on by partisan disagreement about the scope of its investigation, the committee has interviewed top witnesses including Donald Trump Jr and has taken a particular focus on the firing of James Comey. Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas told reporters that the release was a "good idea" and that transparency is important as they work to understand the impact of the dossier.


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