Head of firm behind Trump dossier won’t talk to House panel

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The co-founder of a political research firm that was behind a dossier of allegations about President Donald Trump’s connections to Russia is refusing to speak to two House committees.

A lawyer for Glenn Simpson said he exercised his Fifth Amendment rights and refused to answer questions in a closed-door interview Tuesday with the GOP-led House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees. The two panels are investigating decisions made by the Justice Department in the run-up to the 2016 election.

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Republicans on the committees have strongly criticized the department, echoing Trump’s repeated claims that officials there were conspiring against him as they began to investigate his ties to Russia.

Lawyer Joshua Levy said the Republican probe is a partisan attempt to undermine the Russia investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller.

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