The House Intelligence Committee has released the transcript of its interview with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, who commissioned the controversial Trump-Russia dossier.
The transcript was released after a unanimous vote by the committee earlier in the day.
Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee released a 312-page transcript of an interview that Simpson, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, gave on Aug. 22.
Simpson appeared before both committees after being faced with subpoenas to compel his testimony. He refused to talk about Fusion’s clients or the sources used by former British spy Christopher Steele in the dossier.
Though Simpson did not discuss clients, it was revealed in October that the Clinton campaign and DNC were the financial backers for Fusion’s dossier project. Perkins Coie, the law firm for the campaign and DNC, hired Fusion in May 2016 to continue an opposition research project on Donald Trump.
Fusion, in turn, hired Christopher Steele, an ex-MI6 officer who operates a private intelligence firm in London.
Simpson’s Senate transcript revealed little in the way of evidence supporting Steele’s claims from the dossier. Simpson said that he believed Steele’s allegations but largely avoided questions about specific claims made in the salacious document.
Simpson testified behind closed doors in November, and the released and redacted transcript is more than 150 pages long.
Simpson asked both the Senate Judiciary and House Intelligence committees to make his testimony public.
Here is the transcript of Simpson’s House Intelligence Committee interview.
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