Members of the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday voted unanimously to publicly release hours of private testimony from its interview with the co-founder of the Washington firm that compiled the infamous anti-Trump dossier, according to reports.
It's not clear how quickly the committee will release the transcript of the Simpson interview.
The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee voted on Thursday to release to the public testimony from the founder of the Fusion GPS firm, which researched President Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation and produced a dossier denounced by the White House.
Earlier this month, the Senate Judiciary committee endured a major partisan clash when the panels' top Democrat, Sen.
Simpson and his fellow Fusion GPS co-founder Peter Fritsch wrote an op-ed calling on Congress to release the transcript of Simpson's congressional interviews.
"There were a lot of real estate deals where you couldn't really tell who was buying the property", Simpson said. Thursday's vote is the second bipartisan decision the committee has taken this week, following their Tuesday subpoena of Steve Bannon for not answering questions about the presidential transition or his time in the White House.
He and his company hired the former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, whose memos about Donald Trump's relationship form the dossier that has become so much a part of the sprawling Russian Federation matter.
Mr. Grassley countered that the unverified dossier had been used to justify the launch of the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation - in addition to helping secure a warrant to monitor former Trump adviser Carter Page.
One congressional source said that the House Intelligence Committee interview with Simpson has material that was not in the Senate Judiciary Committee transcript.
Conservatives have repeatedly attacked the dossier as a politically motivated hit job that should not have triggered any investigation; Democrats have called such criticism a cynical ploy aimed at damaging the credibility of the FBI and Mueller's investigation.
Most Republicans will continue to cover for the president by throwing wrenches in congressional investigations and smearing the increasingly vindicated Fusion GPS-Christopher Steele dossier, but they won't be able to save Trump from the Mueller investigation.
Fusion GPS then paid Steele, a respected British spy with a background in Russian affairs, to look into any potential Trump-Russia ties.
But Simpson said he became alarmed when, in late October, Comey announced he was reopening the investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state.