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

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A lawyer for the co-founder of the firm Fusion GPS, which commissioned the controversial dossier that detailed President Donald Trump's alleged connections to Russian Federation, told congressional investigators that a person was killed as a result of the document, according to testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee released by Democratic Sen.

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Mr. Simpson and Peter Fritsch, the firm's co-founders, had called for the transcript's release last week in an op-ed in The New York Times in which they accused Republicans of concealing their testimony in an effort to smear the dossier and distract from questions about the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

Two of the people working on the NY case with Simpson were Natalia Veselnitskaya and Rinat Akhmetshin, both of whom attended a now-notorious June 2016 Trump Tower meeting that had been billed as an attempt by Russian officials to give negative information about Hillary Clinton to the Trump campaign. He has also talked to the House and Senate intelligence committees.

The disagreement between Grassley and Feinstein is further evidence of a breakdown on the panel after an initially bipartisan investigation. But the committee has deferred to Mueller in the investigation of Paul Manafort and has interviewed fewer witnesses than others. The open-meeting was similar to the one that President Barack Obama engaged in during the Obamacare debates of 2010.

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Donald Trump has dismissed the Russia dossier as a politically-motivated smear. Chris Kleponis  Bloomberg
Donald Trump has dismissed the Russia dossier as a politically-motivated smear. Chris Kleponis Bloomberg

Feinstein released the testimony after the panel's Republican chairman, Charles Grassley, on Friday called for a criminal investigation into former British spy Christopher Steele, who was working for Fusion GPS when he compiled a "dossier" of allegations of financial and personal links between Trump, his advisers and Russian Federation. "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, " she said.

Feinstein said she released the transcript to set the record straight.

The interview with founder Glenn Simpson took place during the summer of 2017 and was, the New York Times reported, thought to be able to shed light on Fusion GPS' work as well as the concerns in regard to the Trump campaign.

In recent weeks, as the political fights about the Russian Federation investigation and the dossier have intensified, Simpson has urged the committee to release the full transcript of his interview, arguing that Republicans are trying to obscure, rather than reveal, what happened in 2016. He knew him well and, in fact, continued to associate with him long after he learned of Felix's organized crime ties.

Simpson also testified that Steele told him the Federal Bureau of Investigation had similar intelligence from "an internal Trump campaign source" and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation "believed Chris' 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".

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