by Daveda Gruber:
House investigators were told on Tuesday that the co-founder, Glenn Simpson, of Fusion GPS, the firm behind the anti-Trump ‘dossier’, that he personally discussed allegations of Trump-Russia collusion with the media. He said he never spoke to sources behind the claims.
Big surprise? Not to me.
Simpson appeared last week in coordination with his attorneys in a closed-door meeting before the House Intelligence Committee.
The committee initially sought to subpoena Simpson, but withdrew it in exchange for his voluntary testimony.
Simpson, apparently refused to answer key questions during his seven-hour discussion. According to what was said, he would not answer questions on his relationship with specific journalists or ties to the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign who were the ties which financed the anti-Trump research via the law firm Perkins Coie.
Simpson had acknowledged that he did not personally look into certain aspects of the dossier, authored by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele. It contained spicy charges about the Trump team’s ties to Russia.
Simpson said that he never spoke to the underlying sources of the document nor did he ever travel to Russia. He didn’t verify the dossier past comparing the claims to ‘open source’ media reporting.
Simpson had mentioned to investigators that he was ‘upset’ when James Comey re-opened the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
Simpson’s attorney Joshua Levy said, “Throughout this entire year, the White House and its allies on the Hill and elsewhere have attempted at every turn to smear Fusion GPS because of its connection to the Steele Dossier.”
He said, Steele and Simpson briefed reporters on the dossier, but neither Simpson nor Fusion GPS paid members of the media to publish any stories.
The House Intelligence Committee went back to court Wednesday as Fusion tries to prevent the release of its bank records.
Levy, expressed that the dossier was solid and said, “What they did do is they contracted with Christopher Steele. This experienced British intelligence official came back with a report. That now in hindsight looks quite accurate.”
Simpson met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya before and after the famous Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and others.
During that period, bank records show Fusion GPS was paid by a law firm for work on behalf of a Kremlin-linked person while paying Steele to dig up dirt on Trump.
Levy said his client was “shocked and surprised” when he learned in media accounts about the Trump Tower meeting and her presence.
I think he must have leaked it. Is it getting confusing enough for you yet?
It now turns out that the phony allegations against me were put together by my political opponents and a failed spy afraid of being sued….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2017