The co-founder of a Washington opposition research firm that produced a dossier of salacious allegations involving President Donald Trump has met for hours with congressional investigators in a closed-door appearance that stretched into the evening. Glenn Simpson’s lawyer, Josh Levy, emerged from the day-long private appearance with the Senate judiciary committee and said his client had “told Congress the truth and cleared the record on many matters of interest”. “Following up on comments from certain Senate judiciary committee members who have noted Mr Simpson’s cooperation with this investigation,” Levy said, “I would like to add that he is the first and only witness to participate in an interview with the committee as it probes Russian interference in the 2016 election.”
Leaders of the judiciary committee said last month that they were trying to get Donald Trump Jr and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to make similar appearances. However, no such interviews have taken place. Donald Jr has attracted scrutiny for accepting a June 2016 meeting invitation with Russians at which he expected to receive damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
Levy noted that Simpson appeared voluntarily. The sheer length of Simpson’s appearance — far longer, for instance, than Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, spent earlier this summer before Senate and House intelligence committees — reflected the intrigue on Capitol Hill surrounding the dossier and the origins of the document.