Skip to comments.Fusion GPS co-founder will invoke 'constitutional rights not to testify': lawyers
Posted on 10/11/2018 3:57:22 PM PDT by yesthatjallen
Lawyers for Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, told the head of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday that his client will invoke his constitutional rights not to testify, defying a GOP-issued subpoena seeking to compel him to give a closed-door deposition.
The lawyers told Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) in an electronic letter that Simpson will not participate in the committees inquiry because it is not designed to discover the truth.
Consistent with the September 27, 2018 letter we sent to you, Mr. Simpson, whose testimony is a matter of public record, will not be participating in a confidential deposition before this Committee, lawyers for Simpson wrote, according to a copy of the letter obtained by The Hill. He will instead invoke his constitutional rights not to testify under the First and Fifth Amendments of the Constitution.
The lawyers, who declined the committees initial request for an interview late last month, blasted the joint investigation being led by Judiciary and the House Oversight and Government Reform committees as a partisan-driven probe aimed at undermining the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.
In the latest scathing letter, the lawyers continued to slam the committee marking a departure from the otherwise typically quiet approach that most lawyers and witnesses involved in this joint probe have taken.
The obvious and at times explicitly stated goal of this Committee is to discredit and otherwise damage witnesses to Russias interference in the 2016 election, all as part of an effort to protect a President who has sought to placate and curry favor with a hostile foreign power and who demands that the Justice Department stop investigating him, they wrote.
The lawyers accused the panels' Republicans of seeking to ruin the reputations of some of the governments most dedicated and experienced civil servants, in an attempt to weaken the independence of this Justice Department.
The letter, in particular, pointed to the attacks by some of the conservative House members against former British spy Christopher Steele and current Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, who was recently interviewed by the committees' investigators behind closed doors.
Simpson, a former journalist who later co-founded Fusion GPS, hired Steele to help compile the dossier, which makes a series of salacious allegations about President Trumps possible ties to Russia.
The opposition research against Trump was funded in part by Hillary Clinton's campaign a flashpoint for Republicans who have pointed to ties between the opposition research firm and top federal officials as evidence to support their claims that there was bias against Trump among the top brass at the FBI and Department of Justice.
Some conservative House members have alleged that a contractor working for Simpson's firm, Nellie Ohr, could have passed the dossier on to her husband, Bruce Ohr, who worked as a top official with the Department of Justice during the election.
The letter said that going after these officials has deprived our country of their able assistance in the increasingly urgent fight against foreign interference with our democracy," praising Steele and Ohr.
For example, this Committee has sought to depict the relationship between Christopher Steele and Bruce Ohr one of the UKs top experts on Russia and one of the Justice Departments leading experts on Russian organized crime as somehow scandalous, when we should all want these two experts to share information in order to make us safer, they wrote.
The letter quickly stoked anger among Republicans on the committees.
It is very telling when Glenn Simpson has talked to multiple reporters and multiple individuals at the Department of Justice over the last two years. When the day of reckoning is on the horizon, he chooses to lose his voice, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), one of the staunchest critics of the FBI and Justice Department, told The Hill.
This Committee has repeatedly interviewed witnesses in secret, only to selectively leak from the interviews to disparage those witnesses and promulgate a patently false narrative, the lawyers wrote.
Simpson, who has already met with three congressional committees, is one of a number of witnesses tied to the dossier that Republicans have sought to interview as part of their joint investigation.
Congressional investigators are expected to interview Nellie Ohr next week.
He even takes the Fifth like a weasel.
Good. Plant his sneaky low-life Hillary supporting butt in a chair with a subpoena and make him take the 5th like a communist in the 1950s.
Let the world watch one of the plotters squirm.
Open hearing, let the country hear him take the 5th on every single question under oath. If he doesn’t show, charge him with contempt. And do it!
Subpoena his underlings and associates. Put the squeeze on.
“For example, this Committee has sought to depict the relationship between Christopher Steele and Bruce Ohr one of the UKs top experts on Russia and one of the Justice Departments leading experts on Russian organized crime as somehow scandalous, when we should all want...”
So he admits Nellie Ohr was conspiring a fraud on a campaign and colluded with a foreign intelligence service.
Exactly. Get down to the bottom rung George Papadopoulos level in that organization and start squeezing them.
Don’t just restrict it to the highest levels.
Waterboarding has proven effective.
After the election, when all that Attorney General stuff is sorted out, somewhere in this mess is a crime with which Mr. Simpson can be charged. His wife too.
If a conservative had defied obama in this manner.. or any manner..the media would have had his head.. and obama would have sicked all the powers of the gov on that person.
I am sick and tired of the dragging out and the defiance of those rats... all need to be taken before a court and charged with treason... they tried to overthrow our government .. they tried to remove a duly elected President.. they conspired to get thier power back, at any cost... and too many do not realize what they did ... the line they crossed in their beliefs they had that right and power.. THEY DO NOT.. IT IS NOT THEIRS TO RUJLE!
These low lifes that speak against Trump... on Fox or anywhere... they think this is not like it supposed to be.. they make fun.. What they don’t know is, their gov of past.. is the wrong thing.. the wrong path.. everything about it is illegal and corrupt.. Trump comes along and they think HE is the odd one... NO.. it’s THEM!
They don’t recognize the honesty and efforts to put this country back on the right path.. it’s been a long time in the swamp!
Audits. They need do a thorough FBI Forensic audit on the man, his firm, and his wife. There will be something.
Does an English non-citizen even have constitutional rights?
“Good. Plant his sneaky low-life Hillary supporting butt in a chair with a subpoena and make him take the 5th like a communist in the 1950s.
Let the world watch one of the plotters squirm.”
Screw that. Manafort him.
He only has a constitutional right not to incriminate himself. He does not have a constitutional right not to show up. Chairman Bob Goodlatte should send the sheriff to get him and bring him before the Committee and plead the Fifth at each question.
It does not say he has a "constitutional rights not to testify under the First and Fifth Amendments of the Constitution.
Get him to testify and plead the Fifth to every single question. Let him show the world exactly who he is.
Subpoena his anti-American ass.
Do it now.
Fusion GPS has admitted to taking money from Soros.
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