Transcripts from the House Intelligence Committee’s seven-hour interview with Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of the opposition research firm that helped assemble the controversial “Steele dossier,” will likely be released on Thursday.
The committee voted in a closed-door meeting to release the transcript, which Simpson himself, along with House Intel Democrats, had pushed for during the past month. The vote was unanimous, committee member Rep. Denny Heck (D-Wash.) told CNN on Thursday morning.
The vote comes on the heels of the unilateral, unauthorized release of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s interview with Simpson, which took place behind closed doors in November, by ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). House Intel Democrats have since been pushing for the release of the transcript of their interview.
Simpson’s firm, Fusion GPS, has become a flashpoint in the national controversy over the dossier, a set of memos compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele and paid for in part by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign that contained unverified allegations against Trump and his ties to Russia.
An unidentified source told The Hill that the transcripts would post on the House Intelligence Committee website later Thursday.
The president’s allies argued that Simpson’s Judiciary testimony did nothing to undercut their core claim that the FBI had used the dossier to investigate Trump and possibly to secure a FISA warrant to spy on Trump officials during the campaign and transition, according to the report.
Democrats responded by declaring that Simpson’s testimony bolstered allegations in the dossier and Steele’s credibility.
House Intel Committee member, Democrat Rep. Denny Heck tells @DonLemon he’s “pretty discouraged” by the recent testimonies in the Russia probe: “The question really is being begged Don, what do they have to hide? What are they afraid of?” https://t.co/s93TzvPBnM
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