Washington, D.C. — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today made the following statement after Glenn Simpson, head of Fusion GPS, invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to testify:
“It’s disappointing that Glenn Simpson refused to answer the many questions we have for him as part of our investigation into decisions made and not made by the Justice Department in 2016. Mr. Simpson has already voluntarily testified before other congressional committees regarding his firm’s role in compiling the dossier used to obtain a FISA warrant against a U.S. citizen.
“The House Judiciary and Oversight Committees sought testimony from Mr. Simpson because he is uniquely qualified to answer questions regarding the dossier collected by Christopher Steele that was then used by the FBI to form an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application. Today we expected Mr. Simpson to answer questions that have not been explored by other congressional committees to help advance our joint investigation. Instead, Mr. Simpson has refused to cooperate with our investigative team and has denied the American people answers to important questions.”
Background: As part of the House Judiciary Committee’s joint investigation into decisions made and not made by the Justice Department in 2016, Chairman Goodlatte subpoenaed Glenn Simpson to appear before the committee for a deposition on October 16, 2018.