Grassley Grills Simpson Over ‘Inaccuracies’

Grassley Grills Simpson Over ‘Inaccuracies’
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is demanding to know if Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson's statement about the FBI corroborating the Christopher Steele dossier was a "mischaracterization," and if so, why it hasn't been corrected yet.

In a letter to the attorney representing Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA), is asking why the "opposition research" specialist hasn't bothered to correct "inaccuracies" in his interview with committee investigators that recently came to light from the release of the transcript.

The letter, addressed to attorney Joshua Levy, states:

Following the release of the transcript of Mr. Simpson’s interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee, several media outlets wrote stories citing his claim that the FBI had told Mr. Steele it had a voluntary walk-in source inside the Trump organization or campaign.  Reporters, however, subsequently indicated that “sources close to Fusion” said Mr. Simpson had “mischaracterized” that to the Committee. Rather than “a human source from inside the Trump organization” who was “someone like us who decided to pick up the phone and report something,” as your client stated in his interview, sources close to Fusion reportedly told journalists that Mr. Simpson was actually referencing the Australian diplomat who reportedly passed along information in late July 2016 about a conversation with George Papadopoulos. 

Given that sources close to your client are reportedly trying to correct the public record regarding his statements to the Committee about this purported source, the question arises as to whether or when your client plans to correct the Committee’s record.  As his attorney, you spent roughly 14 hours reviewing and taking detailed notes on the transcript between October 5 and November 16, 2017.  Yet neither you nor he has attempted to correct this alleged mischaracterization in his statements.

As a result, Grassley wrote that he wants to know if it’s true that Simpson’s statement to the committee’s investigators was a “mischaracterization,” and if so, when he came to realize that fact. And, if so, he wants to know why there’s been no attempt to correct the official record for the committee’s investigation.

Grassley and the committee’s second-ranking Republican, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have already referred former MI6 agent Christopher Steele for further criminal investigation over alleged lies he made to FBI and congressional investigators. It seems at least Grassley is entertaining the thought of doing the same with Simpson.

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