Co-founder of Fusion GPS, the firm that made the dossier on President Trump, admitted to lawmakers this week that he did not verify certain salacious material inside the dossier before briefing reporters on its contents, according to Fox News.
Co-founder Glenn Simpson conceded the information to House investigators on Tuesday.
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According to a source familiar with the matter, Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson refused to answer key questions during his seven-hour, closed-door appearance before the House Intelligence Committee. The source said he would not answer questions on his relationship with specific journalists or ties to the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign, which financed the anti-Trump research via the law firm Perkins Coie.
But the source said Simpson acknowledged he did not personally look into certain aspects of the dossier — which was authored by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele and contained salacious allegations about the Trump team’s ties to Russia.
Simpson told investigators he never spoke to the underlying sources of the document, never traveled to Russia and did not verify the dossier beyond comparing the claims to “open source” media reporting.
The committee initially subpoenaed Simpson, but withdrew the request in exchange for a voluntary meeting.
Simpson’s attorney confirmed on Tuesday that Fusion GPS contracted British spy Christopher Steele and, alongside Steele, briefed the media on the information contained inside the dossier.