Fusion GPS plans to appeal judge’s ruling on House subpoena
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Fusion GPS's legal counsel said Thursday that it will appeal a federal judge's ruling allowing the House Intelligence Committee to get access to the Washington-based research firm's financial records.

"We plan to appeal this ruling. Instead of focusing its efforts on Russian meddling in the presidential election, the Committee continues to misuse its investigatory powers to punish and smear Fusion GPS for its role in uncovering troubling ties between Russia and the Trump campaign," the firm's counsel said in a statement.

"The Committee is violating Fusion's First Amendment and due process rights, and we will continue our fight to protect those rights," it added.

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U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon earlier Thursday denied the firm's request for an injunction. The firm claimed the House panel's subpoena would violate its First Amendment rights.

The firm had commissioned work that resulted in a controversial dossier of opposition research against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE, and are now pushing back against claims that the research was politically biased and led to the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.  

The firm's founders, who were reportedly "shocked" by information contained in the finished report, have previously contested subpoenas by the committee for them to testify. 

Republicans on the committee are questioning what role the dossier, which contains multiple unverified claims about Trump, may have played in spurring the federal Russia probe.