Ex-British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, who compiled the sensational dossier alleging long-standing connections between the Kremlin and then-candidate Donald Trump, alerted the FBI of his findings last summer out of fear Mr. Trump’s alleged Kremlin ties left him vulnerable to blackmail, according to the Senate testimony of the opposition researcher who hired him.
Josh Levy, the lawyer who accompanied Glenn Simpson, the onetime Wall Street Journal reporter who helped found the private intelligence service Fusion GPS, also told congressional investigators during the interview session that “somebody’s already been killed” because of the unauthorized release of Mr. Steele’s unverified findings shortly after Mr. Trump’s unexpected electoral victory in November 2016.
On Tuesday, over vocal objections from her Republican colleagues, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, released the 312-page transcript of its closed-door interview with Mr. Simpson in August, a unilateral decision Republican committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa called “confounding” and damaging to the panel’s still-ongoing probe.
Mr. Steele “said he was professionally obligated” to go to the FBI, Mr. Simpson told the committee. “He thought from his perspective there was an issue — a security issue about whether a presidential candidate was being blackmailed.”
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