(National Sentinel)Â Questions: The House Judiciary Committee on Friday issued a subpoena to Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson after he refused to agree to appear voluntarily.
The Daily Caller reported that the subpoena was announced by the committee’s chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. The subpoena comes as the panel attempts to learn more about Fusion’s role in producing the infamous “Russia dossier” that was used by the Obama DoJ and FBI to justify a FISA court warrant against 2016 Trump campaign figure Carter Page.
As part of our joint investigation into decisions made by DOJ in 2016, today I subpoenaed Glenn Simpson to appear for a deposition.
— Bob Goodlatte (@RepGoodlatte) September 28, 2018
The House has been investigating circumstances around the scandal collectively known as “Spygate” since before POTUS Trump was sworn into office in January 2017.
The Daily Caller noted further:
Simpson, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, will likely face questions over his involvement in the dossier, which was funded by the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign. His hiring of Nellie Ohr, the wife of Justice Department official Nellie Ohr, is also a likely topic of discussion.
Simpson and Bruce Ohr met before and after the 2016 election to discuss dossier author Christopher Steele and Fusion GPSâ€™s investigation into President Donald Trumpâ€™s possible ties to Russia. Simpson, who has been interviewed by three congressional committees so far, told the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in November that he did not meet with Ohr until after the election.
But Ohr said in a congressional deposition on Aug. 28 that he met with Simpson in August 2016, four months before the election.
Simpson attorney Josh Levy informed Goodlatte andÂ Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, on Thursday that his client would not be appearing before either committee.
â€œPart and parcel of this concerted effort by the Presidentâ€™s congressional allies has been a campaign of retaliation against the governmentâ€™s whistleblowers, including our client Mr. Simpson, for their willingness to cooperate with US law enforcement and for their exercise of their constitutional rights to free speech and political activity as American citizens,â€ Levy wrote.
In August,Â The Hill‘s John Solomon noted:
Hundreds of pages of previously unreported emails and memos provide the clearest evidence yet that a research firm, hired byÂ Hillary Clintonâ€™s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to find dirt on and defeat Donald Trump, worked early and often with the FBI, a Department of Justice (DOJ) official and the intelligence community during the 2016 presidential election and the early days of Trumpâ€™s presidency.
Fusion GPSâ€™s work and its involvement with several FBI officials have been well reported.
But a close review of these new documents shows just how closely Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, who reported to Obama-era Deputy AGÂ Sally Yates, maintained contact with Fusion â€” and, in particular, its primary source, former British spy Christopher Steele â€” before, during and after the election.
In anÂ interviewÂ withÂ Fox Newsâ€˜ Sean Hannity, House Freedom Caucus member and Speaker candidate Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said:Â â€œBruce Ohr is now the key to this.â€
He added, according toÂ The Daily Caller:Â â€œWhen you read these emails, itâ€™s Glenn, itâ€™s Bruce, itâ€™s Nellie, itâ€™s Chris. Itâ€™s like these were all best buddies. They were like friends. They were all working together on this project of putting this dossier together that has been disproven.â€
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