Joshua Levy, a lawyer for Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, told congressional investigators that “somebody’s already been killed” over the publication of the infamous Trump-Russia dossier.
In closed-door testimony with the Senate Judiciary Committee last year, Simpson was asked if Fusion GPS took steps to “assess the credibility” of sources used by dossier author and former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.
“Yes, but I’m not going to get into sourcing information,” Simpson replied before declining to answer a follow-up question.
When asked why he was declining to answer, Levy said Simpson “wants to be very careful to protect his sources.”
“Somebody’s already been killed as a result of the publication of this dossier, and no harm should come to anybody related to this honest work,” Levy added.
The Hill added:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) posted the entire transcript of Simpson’s testimony on Tuesday after a feud erupted between Fusion GPS and Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).
Steele’s dossier has come under intense scrutiny, with Republicans questioning whether the document spurred the FBI’s investigation into Trump’s presidential campaign.
Some of the allegations in the dossier have been shown to be false, while others have either been supported by public evidence or remain unproven.
Grassley and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) officially requested the Justice Department open a criminal investigation into Steele last week, asking the DOJ to investigate if he misled or lied to federal authorities.