Co-founder of firm behind Trump-Russia dossier to plead the Fifth

Man whose firm was behind Trump dossier won't testify to Senate: lawyer

The Senate Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed the research firm responsible for the bombshell Russian Federation dossier that contains unverified memos related to President Donald Trump's activities in Russian Federation.

Attorneys for Glenn Simpson, a former Wall Street Journal reporter who now runs a political intelligence firm in Washington called Fusion GPS, told the committee in a Friday letter that their client was traveling and unavailable for next week's hearing.

The firm then hired former British spy Christopher Steele to conduct the research.

According to CNN's Manu Raju, Simpson's attorney said his client considered Grassely's request "partisan" - calling it a "pretext to try to cast doubt on efforts to look into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials".

Both panels are investigating Russia's election interference and any potential ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

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Lawmakers have been clamoring to hear from Trump Jr. over his recently revealed meeting past year with a woman that represented herself as a Russian government lawyer offering damaging information on then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonHouse Intel panel to interview Kushner amid Russia probe Putin says he might be Russia's president for life Senate panel subpoenas co-founder of firm tied to controversial Trump dossier MORE. Grassley has said that he wants to explore Fusion GPS's connection to the FBI, specifically former FBI Director Comey, and how the dossier was leaked around to the press. Browder has been a vocal critic of Fusion GPS's credibility.

They also claimed that the allegations from Browder that Simpson failed to properly register under FARA "are nothing more than an effort to smear him and his firm".

Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., confirmed in a statement that they subpoenaed Simpson to appear before the committee Wednesday as part of a hearing about the influence of foreign lobbying in last year's presidential election.

In addition, the attorney said that Simpson would "potentially" take the Fifth Amendment should he be subpoenaed to appear before the committee, he reported.

Fusion's lawyers have said that the firm was not aware of the Trump Tower meeting until it was reported in the news earlier this month.

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