A pair of officials representing the opposition research firm behind a sensationalized but unsubstantiated 'dirty dossier' targeting Donald Trump refused to testify Wednesday before the House Intelligence Committee.
Fusion GPS co-founder Peter Fritsch and partner Thomas Catan invoked the U.S. Constitution's Fifth Amendment, which protects Americans against self-incrimination.
Fox News reported that the two men were subpoenaed to appear in a closed-door session but refused to speak at every turn.
The dossier contends that the Russian government amassed compromising information about Trump but had also been engaged in a years-long effort to support and assist him.
Fusion GPS co-founder Peter Fritsch (left) and partner Thomas Catan (right) took the Fifth on Wednesday rather than talk to Congress
Among the unsubstantiated claims in a 'dirty dossier' Fusion GPS spearheaded was the notion that Russian officials have videos of President Donald Trump cavorting with prostitutes
Compiled by British spy Christopher Steele, it circulated among Washington journalists last year until Buzzfeed first published it.
Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators – who are probing whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to sway the election – have spoken with Steele already.
At a White House news conference on Monday, Trump said that though he would like for the Russia investigation to come to an end, he had no plans to fire Mueller.
Fusion GPS lawyer Joshua Levy