Schiff Calls For House Intel To Release Fusion GPS Transcripts

By on January 16, 2018

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, is calling for chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) to release a transcript of the committee’s closed-door interview with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson.

Speaking with Business Insider, Schiff’s spokesperson said that the ranking member was pushing for the transcript to be released because Nunes and other Republicans on the committee have selectively leaked only portions of information about Simpson’s testimony in order to characterize Fusion GPS — and to a larger extent, the Russia investigation — in a false light.

“In light of the selective leaks of Mr. Simpson’s testimony and the misleading manner in which Fusion GPS’ role has been characterized, I support releasing the transcript,” Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the panel’s ranking member, said in a statement through his office on Monday.

“The Majority has released transcripts of Dr. Page and Mr. Prince when it suited their interests, and likewise should make an exception here,” Schiff added, referring to Carter Page, an early Trump campaign aide, and Erik Prince, an informal adviser to Trump’s transition team.

Fusion GPS contracted former MI6 agent Christopher Steele to conduct opposition research into then candidate Donald Trump. The company is also in favor of Nunes releasing the transcript of Simpson’s testimony.

Last week, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) released transcripts of Simpson’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee — a move that riled up Republicans on the committee who were trying to keep the transcripts out of the public eye because they harmed the GOP narrative about Fusion GPS and its role in the FBI investigation. Schiff, however, does not have the same power to unilaterally release transcripts, as House Intel rules require the consent of the majority party.

Nunes is unlikely to give such consent, given he has been conducting his own shadow investigation on matters related to Russia — or more specifically, on matters related to how he can derail the FBI’s investigation into the president’s Russia ties and potential collusion with the Kremlin to interfere in the 2016 election.