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US Senate Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Co-founder of Firm Tied to Trump Dossier

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The US Senate Judiciary Committee has issued a subpoena to compel Glenn Simpson, co-founder of a firm linked to the now infamous dossier on President Donald Trump, to testify at a hearing next week, according to Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Diane Feinstein.

In this July 11, 2017, photo, Donald Trump Jr. is interviewed by host Sean Hannity on the Fox News Channel television program - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Senate Judiciary Committee has issued a subpoena to compel Glenn Simpson, co-founder of a firm linked to the now infamous dossier on President Donald Trump, to testify at a hearing next week, Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Diane Feinstein said in a joint statement.

"Glenn Simpson, through his attorney, has declined to voluntarily attend Wednesday’s Judiciary Committee hearing regarding compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Therefore, a subpoena has been issued to compel his attendance. Simpson’s attorney has asserted that his client will invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in response to the subpoena," the statement said on Friday.

In 2015, Simpson's firm, Fusion GPS, hired former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele to compile opposition research on then candidate Trump.

In January, CNN and BuzzFeed media outlets reported on the dossier, which alleges that Trump was groomed and supported by Russian intelligence for several years.

On January 13, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the dossier a forgery. The US president also called the collection of documents fake and said it was put together by his opponents.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is probing Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US election.

Moscow denies meddling in the vote.

Russian officials have repeatedly denied the allegations of meddling in US elections, calling them absurd and created to deflect public opinion from pressing domestic issues.

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