Top GOP senator challenges Fusion GPS-founder about the “extremely misleading’ testimony to Trump dossier

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Fusion GPS-co-founder accused of misleading Congress

Republican Chairman of the Senate judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley levels serious allegations against Glenn Simpson; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports from Washington.

A top Republican senator accused the founder of opposition research company, Fusion GPS of witness statements, was “extremely misleading, if not a blatant lie” regarding the anti-Trump-dossier.

Fusion GPS-founder Glenn Simpson was asked about his company, a witness in August of 2017, work on the dossier with the door closed. When asked, in particular, whether the work continued after the election in 2016, replied to Simpson: “I had no client, after the election.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, demanded, however, that the response in a new letter to the Committee colleague Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Del. “As we know today, that was very misleading, if not an outright lie,” he wrote.

He said that “in contrast to Mr. Simpson’s denial in the staff interview, according to the FBI, and other, Fusion can actually continue to trump dossier for a new client, after the election.”

The letter cited the House Intelligence Committee, the Republican-authored the Russia report, a footnote in a March 2017 interview between the FBI and Daniel J. Jones, a former staffer for the Democratic sen Dianne Feinstein. According to the footnote, Jones told agents he led a research organization with the name Penn Quarter, the group had “secured the services” dossier author and former British spy, Christopher Steele; associate; and Fusion of GPS “to suspend the continued Russian interference”, after the election.

The report of the Committee, said that the Penn Quarter-the group has been “promoted from 7 to 10 rich donors, especially in New York and California, the approximately $50 million.” Grassley said that Jones said his group planned to “push the information he received from the merger and Steele, the for the policy on Capitol Hill, the press and the FBI.”

Jones, the profile worked, according to his LinkedIn four years for the FBI to do “international analysis” and as a staffer for Feinstein. Feinstein, who is the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary committee, unilaterally, a transcript of Simpson published ‘ s testimony in January.

Grassley said Simpson, and Jones’ statements are subject to the Federal law, 18 USC 1001, the beams lie to Federal investigators. “So, despite the fact, Mr Simpson said he had no client, after the election, he has in fact done, and that the client reveals herself, the FBI,” he wrote.

Grassley, working with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., in January, a criminal to be sent to the legal reference to Steele, the Ministry of justice – claimed that the ex-spy, lied about his contact with the media about accusations against members of the Trump campaign. “As you can with the circumstances around the Steele transfer, we have once again two are seemingly contradictory, statements in the contexts in which material is criminal. I wrote it to welcome their views, to take what measures you are willing to, with reference to Mr. Simpson’s testimony,” Grassley.

Grassley wrote the letter in response to Coons, the concern about possible inconsistencies in Donald Trump Jr, the interview with the Committee. Grassley countered with his own concerns.

Separately, Fox News reported expected, after a long legal tug-of-war on both sides of the Atlantic, Steele, for a Video deposition at 18. June, published in London for the civil litigation lawsuit against Buzzfeed, the unaudited Steele memo in January 2017. The Steele-written memos were financed by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton by Washington, DC-based law firm Perkins Coie, which hired Fusion GPS for $1.8 million. The unconfirmed information, the FBI and pushed several journalists during the 2016 campaign.

Evan Fray-Witzer, the Boston lawyer for Russian technology executive Aleksei Gubarev, the lawsuit against Buzzfeed defamation of his company, said in a statement: “We are pleased to ask you, both Mr. Steele and Mr. Simpson about the work that you carried out, after the election, what if the memo was written in relation to our customers. Of course, if the work has been carried out for the Penn Quarter group, it is simply more evidence that this was paid, private opposition research and not – as Buzzfeed is trying to portray – a kind of ” government investigation.'”

There was no immediate response from Simpson’s attorney, or Daniel Jones.

Materially false or misleading statements to the Congress to make pushishable can be met by money and prison sentences of up to eight years in prison.

Catherine Herridge is an award-winning chief Intelligence correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC) based in Washington, DC she covers intelligence, the justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Herridge joined FNC in 1996 as the London correspondent.

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