House Intel Panel Votes To Release Its Fusion GPS Transcript

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Glenn Simpson told the House Intelligence Committee in a private interview in November that after his firm, Fusion GPS, was hired to look into Trump, it enlisted a former British spy "to figure out what Trump's been up to" in Russian Federation "because he's gone over a bunch of times".

It was the second release of Congressional testimony by Simpson, and it contained no Earth-shattering revelations, NBC News reported.

Earlier this month, Democratic U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein released Simpson's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she is the ranking Democrat.

Ever since Feinstein released the testimony on January 9, House Intelligence Committee Democrats have been asking that Simpson's testimony to their committee be made public.

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Alan Garten, the Trump Organization's chief counsel, said that the deals Simpson referenced primarily involve properties to which Trump licensed his name, rather than owning, developing or selling them.

"In light of the selective leaks of Mr. Simpson's testimony and misleading manner in which Fusion GPS' role has been characterized, I support releasing the transcript", Schiff said in a statement.

Schiff complained that the committee's Republican majority has "refused to look into this key area and we hope the release of this transcript will reinforce the importance of these critical questions to our investigation".

Republicans have charged the Steele dossier is a political document that wound up in the hands of the Federal Bureau of Investigation after being paid for by Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee, both of whom paid Fusion GPS for the research through law firm Perkins Coie.

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Republicans have questioned the veracity of those allegations and have pressed the FBI and Justice Department to provide information about how they used the dossier in the investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion. The panel's Republican chairman, Chuck Grassley, had not agreed to the release. His firm researched President Donald Trump's alleged ties to Russian Federation with the help of former M16 Christopher Steele, who compiled a dossier of information which contained numerous explosive claims.

It's not clear how quickly the committee will release the transcript of the Simpson interview.

Simpson, whose company first did research on Trump's business dealings in Russian Federation for the conservative Washington Free Beacon and then for a law firm representing the Democratic National Committee, told investigators there were "an fantastic number of people from the former Soviet Union who had purchased properties from Mr. Trump". Richard Burr of North Carolina, has been wary in the past of releasing any committee documents.

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