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Fusion GPS Co-founder to Talk With House Panel
Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson has brokered a deal to speak before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door hearing next Tuesday.
The committee had originally issued a subpoena for Simpson’s testimony, as well as the company’s banking records, but that fight was beginning to make its way through the court system before the two sides came to terms on Wednesday.
Committee chair Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) and ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) spoke at a joint press conference about the deal.
“We wanted to secure his testimony and we were able to work out an agreement today,” Schiff told reporters.
Fusion GPS attorney Joshua Levy said that Simpson will get a similar deal to the one he got to speak before the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary committees.
“Mr. Simpson will be appearing voluntarily, he will tell the truth, the subpoena will be withdrawn, and he will be able to maintain Fusion GPS’ privileges and honor its legal obligations,” Levy said. “Through a voluntary interview, he has the ability to appear with counsel, to assert privileges and to answer questions that he chooses to answer.”
The firm has been a flashpoint for Republicans looking to somehow dodge the growing connections between the Trump administration and the Russian government. The more vocal Trump supporters among the GOP (and on FOX News) tried to vilify the Clinton campaign for financing the firm’s opposition research, which resulted in the much-talked-about Christopher Steele dossier. To their chagrin, however, that particular outrage hasn’t had very much staying power in the current political realm.
That’s because it was the Washington Free Beacon, a Conservative news publication, who originally contracted with Fusion GPS to conduct research against Trump during the Republican presidential primary. Over the past few months, Congressional committees, as well as special counsel Robert Mueller, have tried to ascertain which elements of the Steele dossier are true. Testimony from Fusion GPS officials is key on that account, as Steele has yet to broker any kind of agreement to speak with anyone.