California States Senate President Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) will run against Sen.
He added: "After reviewing how Mr Steele conducted himself in distributing information contained in the dossier and how many stop signs the DoJ ignored in its use of the dossier, I believe that a special counsel needs to review this matter".
In his op-ed, Smith asserted that the dossier provided critical context for the American public to understand the actions of the various political players in the metastasizing investigation of Trump and his campaign's ties to Russian Federation.
Trump called the investigation a "phony cloud" over his administration.
The comments come after Trump had already lashed out at the investigations on Twitter Wednesday morning, urging Republicans to take control of the inquiries and repeating his claim that they are on a "witch hunt". Dianne Feinstein of being "underhanded and a disgrace" for disclosing details of a dossier of allegations about his ties to Russian Federation during the presidential campaign.
A separate lawsuit filed at the federal level in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY against Fusion GPS seeks $100 million in damages, makes similar allegations regarding the veracity of the document, but states that the firm was reckless in sharing its contents with the media.
Chuck Grassley, who chairs the committee, said the decision to refer the case for criminal investigation had not been taken lightly, but he felt he needed to hand it on for "appropriate review". "It was presented to two successive presidents, and has been described in detail by news outlets around the world", BuzzFeed News spokesperson Matt Mittenthal said in a statement.
Simpson had requested that his 312-page testimony be released.
Grassley said in an angry news release on Tuesday that he was "confounded" by the release and argued that it could undermine attempts to get additional witnesses.
Trump, the Republicans, and Trump's inner circle have been hard at work to discredit the dossier as politically motivated and too much a linchpin of the FBI investigation. That has angered Democrats, who say those probes are distractions from the Russian Federation investigations.
She also said she "had a bad cold" that may have "slowed down" her thinking.
Among the accusations was a claim that Michael Cohen, a longtime lawyer for Donald Trump (pre-dating his presidency), had traveled to Prague in August 2016 to talk to Kremlin officials.
State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León launched a primary challenge against Feinstein in October, hoping to ride that anger to an upset victory in November. Chuck Grassley, who serves as chief investigative counsel for the committee, asked Simpson how his firm corroborated Steel's data, some of which came from unidentified sources within Russian Federation. He has also talked to the House and Senate intelligence committees.