Fusion GPS executives Peter Fritsch and Thomas Catan pleaded the fifth to every single question asked during the roughly half an hour session, the source said, including to basic questions such as “Who funded the dossier?”
“They both plead the fifth to every question that was put to them,” the source said.
The committee interviewed them as part of its ongoing investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and any potential collusion with the Trump administration. Rep. Michael Conaway (R-TX), who is leading the investigation, issued the subpoenas for Fusion GPS representatives to come in, according to another source familiar with the subpoenas.
The firm’s co-founder, former Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson, is set to testify to the committee in upcoming weeks.
The dossier made unfounded and salacious claims about Trump that have been unverified and considered unreliable. Fusion GPS hired ex-British spy Christopher Steele to create the dossier, but it’s unknown who his sources were.
The dossier was reportedly used by the FBI to obtain a FISA surveillance warrant on members of the Trump campaign and launch the FBI investigation against the Trump campaign. So far there has been no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia on the election.