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House Intel panel votes to release testimony of co-founder of firm tied to Trump dossier

House Intel panel votes to release testimony of co-founder of firm tied to Trump dossier
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The House Intelligence Committee on Thursday morning voted unanimously to release the transcript of its seven-hour interview with Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of the opposition research firm that helped assemble the controversial "Steele dossier," a source familiar with the vote told The Hill.

The vote comes on the heels of the unilateral release of the Senate Judiciary Committee's interview with Simpson by ranking member Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinBottom line Trump vetoes bipartisan driftnet fishing bill Dumping Abraham Lincoln? A word of advice to the 'cancel culture' MORE (D-Calif.). House Intel Democrats have since been pushing for the release of the transcript of their interview, which took place behind closed doors in November.

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President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit MORE slammed the release of the Judiciary transcript as "underhanded" and "possibly illegal," a claim that legal experts and lawyers dismissed as untrue.

Simpson's firm, Fusion GPS, has become a flashpoint in the national controversy over the dossier, a set of memos compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele and paid for in part by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMillennials and the great reckoning on race Biden chooses Amanda Gorman as youngest known inaugural poet Can Biden encompass the opposition he embodied? MORE’s presidential campaign that contained unverified allegations against Trump and his ties to Russia.

The source indicated the transcripts would post on the House Intelligence Committee website later Thursday.

The president’s allies argued that Simpson’s Judiciary testimony did nothing to undercut their core claim that the FBI had used the dossier to investigate Trump and possibly to secure a FISA warrant to spy on Trump officials during the campaign and transition.

Democrats responded by declaring that Simpson’s testimony bolstered allegations in the dossier and Steele's credibility.

Olivia Beavers contributed.

Updated at 11:13 a.m.