Report: Fusion GPS Co-Founder Won’t Testify to Congress
By Todd Beamon | NEWSMAX
The co-founder of a political opposition firm that ordered an unsubstantiated Russian dossier on President Donald Trump will not testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week, according to news reports Thursday.
Glenn Simpson, a former investigative reporter for The Wall Street Journal who founded Fusion GPS in Washington in 2009, will not testify Wednesday, Politico reports.
Politico cited “two sources familiar with his plans.”
The Judiciary Committee listed Simpson on a schedule for a broader hearing into Americans and foreign lobbying.
Simpson’s appearance was voluntary – and it was to occur in open session. Whether he would be subpoenaed remained unclear Thursday.
Representatives for Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, the Iowa Republican, and Democratic Vice Chair Dianne Feinstein of California did not respond to requests seeking comment, Politico reports.
Grassley had threatened last month to subpoena Fusion GPS if it had not provided information about the dossier, which was completed by Christopher Steele.
The firm hired Steele, a former British spy, to investigate Trump.
The unsubstantiated document claimed that Trump and Russia worked together to torpedo Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
It was published by BuzzFeed in January shortly after U.S. intelligence officials briefed then-President Barack Obama and Trump, who was president-elect, on the dossier’s contents.