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House Intelligence panel releases transcript of Fusion GPS testimony

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The House Intelligence Committee on Thursday released the transcript of its November interview with Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of the research firm behind the "Trump-Russia Dossier."

The transcript was posted one week after Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, published a transcript of Simpson's testimony before that panel. Like the dossier itself, the transcript contains several remarkable and unverified allegations about President Trump and Russia.

In the Nov. 14 interview, Simpson told lawmakers that he believed the Kremlin purged suspected spies for the American intelligence community after the publication of the dossier.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) asked Simpson about reports that sources for the dossier had been killed after the document was published.

“That's not my information,” Simpson replied. “I mean there was a series of episodes where people were arrested or died mysteriously that came shortly after the disclosure of the existence of this information. And I do believe there was a bit of an old fashioned purge. And I think that—but to my knowledge, it wasn’t anyone that helped us. [I] think it was more likely people who were taking the opportunity to settle scores or were falsely accused, as often, you know, just like in the old days, and/or were sources of the U.S. Intelligence Community, not us.”

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Simpson also told lawmakers that he believed Russians "infiltrated" the National Rifle Association.

"It appears the Russians, you know, infiltrated the NRA," Simpson said. "And there is more than one explanation for why. But I would say broadly speaking, it appears that the Russia operation was designed to infiltrate conservative organizations. And they targeted various conservative organizations, religious and otherwise, and they seem to have made a very concerted effort to get in with the NRA."

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Simpson alleged the Trump Organization may have helped launder money for several Russians with ties to the criminal underworld. He pointed to irregularities in the sale and purchase of several properties as examples, including millions of dollars put into Trump's famous golf courses in Ireland and Scotland. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking member of the committee, was particularly interested in this allegation, and later chastised Republicans for failing to address it.

"Thus far, Republicans fave refused to look into this key area and we hope the release of this transcript will reinforce the importance of these questions critical to our investigation," said Schiff, as reported by Politico on Thursday.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly made the money laundering allegation a priority in his separate, ongoing investigation.

You can read the entire 165-page transcript here.

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