The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is urging fellow committee Republicans to release a transcript of the panel’s meeting with the founder of Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that hired a former British intelligence officer to write the so-called “Trump dossier.”
“In light of the selective leaks of Mr. Simpson’s testimony and the misleading manner in which Fusion GPS’ role has been characterized, I support releasing the transcript,” Schiff said in a statement Monday, according to Business Insider.
Just last week, the top Democrat from the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., released the transcript of her panel’s interview with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson.
Feinstein released the Fusion GPS transcript after Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, refused to heed calls by Simpson and Democrats to release the record of the August 2017 interview. Feinstein said her actions came amid frustration with “the innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript.”
Although Schiff doesn’t possess the “unilateral authority” that Feinstein has, he has urged Republicans to release the transcript.
Both Fusion GPS and Simpson have faced scrutiny for their involvement with the dossier, which contains a number of salacious and unverified claims about Trump’s ties to Russia which could make him vulnerable to blackmail.
It was revealed last year that over the summer of 2016, Fusion GPS was retained by lawyer Marc Elias, who represented the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Some aspects of the dossier — like communications between foreign nationals — have been confirmed by officials; however, the majority of the scandalous allegations tying Trump to Russia have not been verified.
This post originally appeared on Washington Examiner