We Must See Senate Judiciary Transcripts of Glenn Simpson’s 10 HR Testimony
This is what GPS is calling for.
1. They are right. We need to see what was discussed for 10 hours.
Think about it: 10 hours of testimony. That’s a lot more than Jared Kushner was called on to give about his Russian collusion meeting back in June, 2016.
“The sheer length of Simpson’s appearance – far longer, for instance, than Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, spent earlier this summer before Senate and House intelligence committees – reflected the intrigue on Capitol Hill surrounding the dossier and the origins of the document.”
See also CNN:
The sheer length makes you wonder if they had an Inquisition rather than a hearing. What was Chuck Grassley’s main reason for needing a 10 hour Inquisition? Was it to discredit the Steele Dossier and exonerate Donald Trump?
There are clearly many Trump allies who want to smear GPS and Simpson for just that reason. Gateway Pundit falsely claims it’s a ‘fake dossier.’
HotAir-another Right wing blog said this before Simpson’s marathon testimony yesterday:
“Too bad C-SPAN won’t carry the testimony of Glenn Simpson, the former Wall Street Journal reporter who launched the oppo research firm Fusion GPS. Simpson finds himself at the center of the Russia scandal, thanks to a discredited dossier about Donald Trump that got floated after the election. Now Chuck Grassley wants to get to the bottom of the dossier, who ordered it, who paid for it, and what its purpose was, and he’ll get his chance in a closed session today:”
It is not discredited. The premise behind this claim is false-that ‘unverified’ means either ‘fake’ or discredited. And actually, substantial parts of the Dossier now have been verified.
And this brings us to 2.
2. While HotAir professed to want it public, it’s notable now that it’s done that GPS itself is calling for it to be public-as Maddow explained last night; Grassley can make it public but Simpson and GPS can’t. So if this discredits the Steele Dossier, why won’t Grassley release it?
But GPS very much wants this to be public.
Glenn Simpson’s lawyer emerged from the daylong private appearance with the Senate Judiciary Committee and said his client had “told Congress the truth and cleared the record on many matters of interest.”
“The lawyer, Josh Levy, noted that Simpson appeared voluntarily and said he had so far been the only witness to participate in a private interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee as the panel looks into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.”
“The document attracted public attention in January when it was revealed that FBI Director James Comey had briefed Trump, soon before he was inaugurated as president, about claims from the dossier that Russia had amassed compromising personal and financial allegations about him. It’s unclear to what extent the allegations in the dossier have been corroborated or verified by the FBI since the bureau has not publicly discussed it.”
“Fusion GPS is proud of the work it has conducted and stands by it,” Levy, Simpson’s lawyer, said in a statement.
AGAIN-some of it has been verified as shown in the CNN link above. And Clearly the intel agencies find it highly credible. Comey has suggested that most of it is true.
“Comey’s cryptic answer about the infamous Trump dossier makes it look likely it could be verified.”
And clearly they don’t feel they have anything to hide.
They are blunt about what they think is going on too:
He said the “investigation into Mr. Simpson began as a desperate attempt by the Trump campaign and its allies to smear Fusion GPS because of its reported connection to the Trump dossier.”
It’s also notable who hasn’t testified:
Leaders of the Judiciary Committee said last month that they were negotiating private appearances for Donald Trump Jr., who has attracted scrutiny for accepting a June 2016 meeting with Russians at which he expected to receive damaging information about Hillary Clinton, and for Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman.
Yet no dates have been announced for their appearances.
“Following up on comments from certain Senate Judiciary Committee members who have noted Mr. Simpson’s cooperation with this investigation,” Levy said in a statement, “I would like to add that he is the first and only witness to participate in an interview with the Committee as it probes Russian interference in the 2016 election.”
Very true. The Trump allies have all done what they could to get out of testifying. And it’s notable that only Levy has so far testified in such an interview.
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