Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, who was subpoenaed late last month by the House Judiciary and Oversight & Government Reform committees, will reportedly invoke his Fifth Amendment-protected right against self-incrimination in order to avoid testifying before Congress next week.
The Hill reported that Simpson’s lawyers told Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) that their client would not participate in the panel’s hearing because it “is not designed to discover the truth”:
“Consistent with the September 27, 2018, letter we sent to you, Mr. Simpson, whose testimony is a matter of record, will not be participating in a confidential deposition before this committee. He will instead invoke his constitutional rights not to testify under the First and Fifth amendments of the Constitution.”
The lawyers have previously rejected requests for Simpson to testify voluntarily and have blasted the House committees’ probe of the actions that led to the current special counsel investigation into the Trump 2016 campaign. In their latest letter, they wrote: