In an oped piece for the New York Times, Glenn R. Simpson and Peter Fritsch, founders of the research firm Fusion GPS, which collected the so-called Steele Dossier on President Trump, asked Congress to release transcripts of their 21 hours of testimony regarding Russian collusion and interference in the 2016 presidential election.
In the scathing piece, they accuse Republicans in Congress of covering up the truth about the dossier and Trump’s Russia ties.
A generation ago, Republicans sought to protect President Richard Nixon by urging the Senate Watergate committee to look at supposed wrongdoing by Democrats in previous elections. The committee chairman, Sam Ervin, a Democrat, said that would be ‘as foolish as the man who went bear hunting and stopped to chase rabbits’.”
“Today, amid a growing criminal inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 election,” they state, “congressional Republicans are again chasing rabbits. We know because we’re their favorite quarry.”
“In the year since the publication of the so-called Steele dossier — the collection of intelligence reports we commissioned about Donald Trump’s ties to Russia — the president has repeatedly attacked us on Twitter.”
Report out that Obama Campaign paid $972,000 to Fusion GPS. The firm also got $12,400,000 (really?) from DNC. Nobody knows who OK’d!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 30, 2017
“His allies in Congress have dug through our bank records and sought to tarnish our firm to punish us for highlighting his links to Russia. Conservative news outlets and even our former employer, The Wall Street Journal, have spun a succession of mendacious conspiracy theories about our motives and backers.”
We are happy to correct the record. In fact, we already have.”
Fritsch and Simpson state they testified before 3 separate congressional committees for a total of 21 hours. During that testimony they addressed conservative backlash about who hired them. The Washington Free Beacon and the Clinton campaign, Republican and Democratic funders of their Trump research, hired them separately.
They spoke about a yearlong effort to “decipher Mr. Trump’s complex business past”. They also claim they handed over all relevant bank records, but refused requests for the records of companies that have nothing to do with the Trump case, calling such a request a “fishing expedition.”
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