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Fusion GPS Attorney: Someone Got Killed Because of the Steele Dossier

An attorney representing the owner of the firm which conducted research on then-candidate Donald Trump’s ties to Russia told the Senate Judiciary Committee that someone was killed because of the contents of the so-called Steele Dossier. That’s among the explosive revelations in the 312-page transcript released today by Sen. Diane Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the committee.

The comment, on page 279 of the transcript of the August 22, 2017 interview of Glenn Simpson, the head of Fusion GPS, came after the Senate Judiciary Committee asked Simpson if he worked to verify any of the information provided by Christopher Steele, who did much of the work on the dossier.

The following conversation occurred between Jason Foster, the chief investigative counsel for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, (R) Iowa, and Simpson, the head of Fusion GPS:

Q:  So without getting into naming the sources or anything like that, what steps did you take to try to verify their credibility?

A:  I’m going to decline to answer that.

Q: Why?

A:  (By Joshua Levy, attorney for Simpson):  It’s a voluntary interview, and in addition to that he 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.

The transcript of the interview appears to contain no further reference to who died. Law&Crime called attorney Joshua Levy for clarification, but he did not answer.

[Image of Christopher Steele via CBS.]

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