JUST IN: Fusion GPS Founder Glenn Simpson REFUSES to Testify Before Senate Next Week
Just days before Glenn Simpson was set to testify in front of Congress, the Fusion GPS founder’s rep said his client has chosen not to do so, blaming the ‘partisan hearing’ process.
Senator Grassley threatened to subpoena Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and Glenn Simpson if they did not make contact with his office by 3:30 pm est Friday.
FUSION GPS head Glenn Simpson won't testify before Senate Judiciary next week, his rep attacks "partisan" hearing and vows to plead Fifth
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) July 21, 2017
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) July 21, 2017
Update: Trump Jr. and Manafort reps in contact with Senate Judiciary Committee. No word from Glenn Simpson as of 3:30.
— Ben Siegel (@benyc) July 21, 2017
The co-founder of a political and corporate intelligence firm behind an explosive dossier alleging Russian intelligence influence over President Donald Trump will not testify next week before the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to two sources familiar with his plans.
The committee on Wednesday announced a July 19 hearing that listed Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, a former Wall Street Journal investigative reporter, as a witness. His inclusion raised the specter of public testimony about the dossier’s seamy and contested claims of sexual misconduct and a years-long Kremlin conspiracy to get Trump elected.
But the request for Simpson to appear was voluntary, and it’s unclear whether the committee will seek to compel his testimony.
Spokespeople for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa and ranking member Dianne Feinstein of California did not respond to requests for comment.
During the 2016 campaign, Simpson’s firm hired the British spy Christopher Steele, who ultimately produced the infamous dossier, which suggests Trump took part in an intricate Kremlin-backed plot to ascend to the White House. He and the White House have strenuously denied the allegations in the document.
GPS Fusion is linked to the infamous ‘Trump-Russia’ dossier, falsely alleging President Trump engaged in a series of lewd acts while in Russia.
Daily Caller reports:
Court papers recently filed in London provide new details about the media outreach campaign carried out by opposition research firm Fusion GPS and former British spy Christopher Steele.
Fusion GPS and Steele, who runs the London-based firm, Orbis Business Intelligence, collaborated to produce a 35-page dossier of research about President Trump’s financial and political ties to Russia.
Steele and Orbis are currently being sued in the U.S. and U.K. by Aleksej Gubarev, a Russian tech executive who says he was falsely accused in the dossier of hacking the Democratic National Committee’s email systems.
McClatchy News recently reported that Steele filed new documents in that lawsuit.
In one, dated May 18, Steele says that he was instructed by Fusion GPS to meet with reporters at various outlets in order to publicize some of the allegations made in the dossier.
It has been widely known that Fusion GPS and Steele were in contact with reporters to discuss the dossier. It has been reported that rumors of the dossier were floating around in Washington, D.C. political and journalist circles for months prior to BuzzFeed’s decision to publish it on Jan. 10.
As The Gateway Pundit previously reported, Trump Jr., Manfort and Simpson are scheduled to testify next Wednesday, July 26th.
RESCHEDULED: Oversight of the Foreign Agents Registration Act and Attempts to Influence U.S. Elections: Lessons Learned from Current and Prior Administrations
Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building 226
Presiding: Chairman Grassley
July 19, 2017
RESCHEDULED NOTICE OF COMMITTEE HEARING
The Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing now entitled: “Oversight of the Foreign Agents Registration Act and Attempts to Influence U.S. Elections: Lessons Learned from Current and Prior Administrations” originally scheduled for Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building will now be held on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
By order of the Chairman.
July 18, 2017
NOTICE OF COMMITTEE HEARING POSTPONEMENT
The Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing entitled: “Oversight of the Justice Department’s (Non) Enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act: Lessons from the Obama Administration and Current Compliance Practices” scheduled for Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building has been postponed subject to the call of the chair.