House committee votes to release Fusion GPS testimony in Russia probe

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Posted: Jan 18, 2018 11:02 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee voted on Thursday to release to the public testimony from the founder of the Fusion GPS firm, which researched President Donald Trump's ties to Russia and produced a dossier denounced by the White House.

The panel is conducting one of the two major congressional investigations of Trump, Russia and the 2016 U.S. election.

Committee members leaving a business meeting where the panel voted told reporters the release had been approved and the testimony would be released. They did not know when that would take place.

Aides to the House committee's Republican and Democratic leaders would not confirm the vote or say when Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson's testimony would be made public.

Earlier this month, Democratic U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein released Simpson's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she is the ranking Democrat. The panel's Republican chairman, Chuck Grassley, had not agreed to the release.

House Intelligence Committee Democrats have been asking ever since for Simpson's testimony to their committee to be made public.

Committee members said there was support from both Republicans and Democrats for doing so.

Russia has denied interfering in the election and Trump has denied any collusion.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)