Fusion GPS lawyer: Someone has already been killed over publication of Trump dossier

A lawyer for Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of Fusion GPS, told congressional investigators that “somebody’s already been killed” as a result of the publication of the controversial dossier tying President TrumpDonald John TrumpReporters defend CNN's Acosta after White House says he 'disrespected' Trump with question Security costs of Trump visit to Scotland sparks outrage among Scottish citizens Ex-CIA officer: Prosecution of Russians indicted for DNC hack 'ain't ever going to happen' MORE to Russia.

In closed-door testimony with the Senate Judiciary Committee last year, Simpson was asked by investigators if Fusion GPS took steps to “assess the credibility” of sources used by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, who compiled the dossier.

“Yes, but I’m not going to get into sourcing information,” Simpson replied.

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Simpson then declined to answer a follow-up question. When asked why he was declining to answer, his attorney, Joshua 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.

Simpson had previously declined to answer another question posed by the committee’s investigators, citing “security.”

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinKavanaugh paper chase heats up Kavanaugh gets questionnaires for confirmation hearing Senate Dems tell Trump: Don't meet with Putin one-on-one MORE (D-Calif.) posted the entire transcript of Simpson’s testimony on Tuesday after a feud erupted between Fusion GPS and Judiciary Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyKavanaugh paper chase heats up Kavanaugh gets questionnaires for confirmation hearing Franken offers Dems a line of questioning for Kavanaugh's 'weirdly specific bit of bulls---' MORE (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 GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Health Care: Watchdog finds Tom Price improperly used funds on flights | Ex-Novartis CEO sent drug pricing proposal to Cohen | HHS staffers depart after controversial social media posts HHS staffers depart after controversial social media posts: report Senate takes symbolic shot at Trump tariffs MORE (R-S.C.) requested a criminal investigation of Steele last week, asking the Justice Department to investigate if he lied to federal authorities.