Fusion GPS, Firm Behind Trump Dossier, Turns Over Thousands of Documents to Congress
Fusion GPS, the firm behind the salacious dossier about President Donald Trump is submitting thousands of pages of documents to Congress after a request from the Senate Judiciary Committee.
That’s according to a person familiar with the situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the arrangement had not yet been publicly announced.
The firm, Fusion GPS, was turning over records Wednesday in response to a request from the Senate Judiciary Committee. The panel is one of several investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
The firm hired a British intelligence officer who compiled a dossier of allegations involving Trump and his ties to Russia.
The committee also plans to hear privately from Glenn Simpson, a co-founder of the firm.
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.