Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson may be in "real legal jeopardy" over inconsistent testimony given to Congress regarding his involvement in a massive counterintelligence effort against then-candidate Donald Trump, including the infamous Steele dossier.
Speaking with Fox News on Sunday, Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) said "I’m not surprised that Glenn Simpson is taking the Fifth," adding "He probably should. He’s in real legal jeopardy. Very clearly someone is not telling the truth."
Simpson, who investigated the Trump campaign on behalf of the DNC and Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, informed Congress on Thursday that he will plead the Fifth to avoid speaking with members of the House Judiciary and House Oversight & Government Committee in an interview set for Tuesday.
“The reason for that … is that Glenn Simpson had previously testified under oath to the House Intelligence Committee that he never met with Bruce Ohr or discussed with Bruce Ohr the Steele dossier prior to the October FISA application in 2016 or the 2016 presidential election,” said Ratcliffe, a member of the House Judiciary panel. -Daily Caller
Ohr told the Judiciary and Oversight & Government Reform Committees in an August 28 interview that he met with Simpson in August and December of 2016 to discuss Fusion GPS's opposition research into Donald Trump.
Bruce's wife, Nellie Ohr, was hired by Fusion GPS for the anti-Trump effort at the time.
Simpson, however, told a different story to the House Intelligence Committee on November 14, 2017, when he said that he hadn't been in contact with anyone from the DOJ or FBI until after the election. While he did acknowledge meeting with Bruce Ohr (meetings which would result in Ohr's demotion), Simpson never disclosed his wife's employment.
Ohr, who has been demoted twice since December, was also in frequent contact with Christopher Steele, the author of the infamous anti-Trump dossier. Steele, a former British spy, was hired by Fusion GPS in June 2016 to investigate the Trump campaign’s possible links to the Kremlin.
Steele met with the Ohrs on July 30, 2016, a day before the FBI opened its counterintelligence investigation into the Trump team. Ohr met just after with FBI deputy Director Andrew McCabe. -Daily Caller
Following the 2016 election, Steel and Ohr met over a dozen times, despite the FBI having blacklisted Steele for improper media disclosures concerning his work.
Will he "flip"? If so, that's when the real fun begins.— Carter Page, Ph.D. (@carterwpage) October 14, 2018
Can't wait to see the future reports from the dishonest journalists who once relied on that source.https://t.co/yUs6xioW09