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Glenn Simpson, Fusion GPS co-founder, to testify before House Intel panel

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A deal has been struck between Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson and the House Intelligence Committee. Simpson will testify behind closed doors in exchange for the committee withdrawing a subpoena against him.

Simpson testified earlier this year in a 10-hour session before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He agreed to do so under the condition that he would not waive client privileges, including divulging their identities. He made a similar deal with the House committee.

Fusion GPS is at the center of an investigation into the commission of the Steele Dossier, a document that attempted to expose details of then-candidate Donald Trump’s dealings with the Russians. The Dossier was not released until after Trump won the election, most likely because the accusations made in the document were so far out-of-bounds the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign felt they would do more harm than good for her chances to win the presidency. Clinton’s team, the DNC, and the FBI have been linked back to commissioning the Dossier.

A separate issue surrounds the bank records for Fusion GPS which the House Intel panel has also subpoenaed. Simpson’s testimony and the arrangement he made to give it will not affect that subpoena nor the legal attempts by Fusion GPS to block the order.

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Fusion GPS co-founder strikes deal to talk about Trump dossier

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/359410-fusion-gps-co-founder-strikes-deal-to-talk-about-trump-dossierSimpson had been under subpoena by the committee, which is seeking more information on the dossier as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. That order will be lifted at the time of the interview on Tuesday, Reps. Mike ConawayKenneth (Mike) Michael ConawayCarter Page wanted Trump to take 2016 trip to Russia Juan Williams: The shame of Trump’s enablers Former Trump adviser grilled by House committee behind closed doors MORE (R-Texas) and Adam SchiffAdam SchiffOvernight Cybersecurity: What we learned from Carter Page’s House Intel testimony | House to mark up foreign intel reform law | FBI can’t access Texas shooter’s phone | Sessions to testify at hearing amid Russia scrutiny Schiff: ‘Our democracy is under threat’ from Trump, Russia Carter Page wanted Trump to take 2016 trip to Russia MORE (D-Calif.) said during a joint statement.

Simpson and his lawyer, Joshua Levy, on Wednesday morning spent more than three hours hammering out the deal in the committee’s secure spaces.

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