(Washington Times) The company behind the anti-Trump intelligence dossier that rocked last year’s U.S. election is mounting a legal challenge to block lawmakers from getting access to its banking records.
Fusion GPS filed a complaint Friday in federal court to prevent its bank from turning over records subpoenaed by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
The committee subpoenaed Fusion’s banking records on Oct. 4 in an effort to determine who financed former British spy Christopher Steele’s work to write the dossier during the summer and fall of 2016, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Washington Times.
The subpoena, a copy of which is included among the documents filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, requests documents dating back to August 2015 from the company’s bank — including records of current account balances and past transaction activity.
Fusion, headed by former Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson, has resisted numerous efforts this week by congressional investigators to obtain more information about the dossier as they probe Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and any possible coordination with members of the Trump campaign.
Company officials invoked the Fifth Amendment this week rather than testify on Capitol Hill about Fusion’s role in commissioning and compiling the dossier. The company has also refused to hand over certain documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee citing its First Amendment rights.