An attorney for Glenn Simpson, co-founder of opposition research firm Fusion GPS, revealed during a leaked closed-door interview that “somebody’s already been killed” due to the publication of the Trump-Russia dossier by Buzzfeed on January 10, 2017.
It's been theorized that this is ex-KGB guy Oleg Erovkinin, who was chief of staff to Igor Sechin. But he was killed under suspicious circumstances on Dec. 26, 2016, before the dossier was published. https://t.co/mnFnAUT5PY
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) January 9, 2018
The statement was part of a 312 page transcript of testimony leaked by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) following Fusion’s call for the transcripts to be released in a NYT op-ed published exactly one week ago, infuriating Committee chair Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
In closed-door testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last year, Congressional investigators asked Simpson if Fusion GPS made efforts to “assess the credibility” of sources used in the dossier commissioned by Fusion and assembled by former MI6 spy Christopher Steele.
“Yes, but I’m not going to get into sourcing information,” replied Simpson.
After declining a follow-up question, Simpson’s lawyer Joshua Levy said the Fusion co-founder “wants to be very careful to protect his sources,” adding “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 Fusion / Steele dossier has come under intense scruitny after republicans began to question whether the document spurred the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign.
Feinstein said in a statement she released the transcript to combat misinformation about the inteview.
“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,” Feinstein said in a statement. “The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public.”
A spokesman for Sen. Grassley said Feinstein’s release “undermines the integrity of the committee’s oversight work and jeopardizes its ability to secure candid voluntary testimony relating to the independent recollections of future witnesses,” adding “It’s totally confounding that Senator Feinstein would unilaterally release a transcript of a witness interview in the middle of an ongoing investigation – a witness that Feinstein herself subpoenaed last year for lack of cooperation.”If you enjoy the content at iBankCoin, please follow us on Twitter