The founders of the firm behind the Trump-Russia dossier say they’ll refuse to testify before the House Intelligence Committee
The cofounders of the opposition research firm that produced the dossier alleging ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russia will invoke constitutional privileges and decline to testify before the House Intelligence Committee, their attorney wrote in a letter obtained by Business Insider on Monday.
“We cannot in good conscience do anything but advise our clients to stand on their constitutional privileges, the attorney work product doctrine and contractual obligations,” wrote Fusion GPS counsel Josh Levy in response to subpoenas issued earlier this month by the committee’s chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes.
Levy argued that complying with the subpoenas would violate “the First Amendment rights” of the cofounders — Glenn Simpson, Thomas Catan, and Peter Fritsch — “and would chill any American running for office … from conducting confidential opposition research in an election.”
It must be noted that Fusion GPS has already been accused of acting as a foreign agent that has repeatedly meddled with election outcomes including those here in the United States. The false Trump Dossier was itself largely created by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent. The dossier was intended to be used by the then-Hillary Clinton campaign to counter the email leaks from top members of Mrs. Clinton’s own campaign. Those emails showed campaign operatives mocking minorities, the poor, as well as proving direct collusion with the media. In effect, Team Clinton was seeing their own factual words repelling voters so it attempted to create a false narrative about Donald Trump as a means of fighting back.
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