The former British intelligence officer who authored the infamous Russian Federation dossier wanted to show it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation because he was concerned that then-presidential candidate Donald Trump was being "blackmailed".
An attorney for the co-founder of opposition research firm Fusion GPS revealed during a closed-door interview this summer with congressional investigators that "somebody's already been killed" as a result of the publication of the anti-Trump dossier.
"The fact that Sneaky Dianne Feinstein, who has on numerous occasions stated that collusion between Trump/Russia has not been found, would release testimony in such an underhanded and possibly illegal way, totally without authorization, is a disgrace", Trump tweeted.
Christopher Steele told the political research firm that hired him, Fusion GPS, that what he uncovered from Russian sources was serious enough to bring to the attention of US law enforcement authorities, according to a transcript released on Tuesday. He has also talked to the House and Senate intelligence committees.
"We all need to stop pretending that there are no consequences when the most powerful person in the world espouses racist views and gives a wink and a nod to the darkest elements in our society", Feinstein said.
Simpson also defended Steele, saying that the well-respected former intelligence officer "has a sterling reputation as a person who doesn't exaggerate, doesn't make things up, doesn't sell baloney".
"There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there was no collusion, & yet on and on it goes", he wrote on Twitter.
In a statement, the website defended the news value of the dossier while slamming Trump's lawyer.
On Monday, there were new revelations that FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page had texted messages to each other that suggested they were on the Russian Federation investigation before the election.
It was unclear what Trump meant by saying that Republicans should take control.
Last fall, Feinstein, 84, announced her decision to seek a sixth Senate term this year.
Grassley is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has been conducting an investigation running parallel to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Trump's alleged ties to Russian Federation.
Last week, Grassley and fellow committee member Sen.
"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", she said.