Clinton campaign, DNC helped fund dossier research

Joy Montgomery
October 26, 2017

US news media, led by The Washington Post, are reporting that a Washington lawyer, Marc Elias, who represented Clinton's campaign and the national political organization, hired Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, to conduct the research at a time that Clinton and Trump were locked a tight contest for the presidency that Trump eventually won. The letter was filed with the court on Tuesday.

Beyond that, Washington Post reporter Adam Entous clarified that there isn't any evidence so far that the actual dossier- or any reports authored by Steele- were shared with the Clinton campaign.

"It's all fake news".

As the former spokesman spoke about how the dossier's unverified findings came up from a period of dormancy, he was pressed on why Clinton and her campaign staff didn't know about their connection to Fusion GPS.

The Washington Post was first to report news of the Clinton campaign and DNC's involvement with the dossier, and a source familiar with the matter confirmed the Post's reporting to CNN on Tuesday.

Fusion GPS lawyer says Nunes' bank records subpoena is "an abuse of authority" that's "designed to punish President Trump's political foes".

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The confirmation that the Democratic Party and the Clinton campaign contributed funding that led to the dossier comes as Trump continues to train his fire on the explosive document, most recently tweeting, "Workers of firm involved with the discredited and Fake Dossier take the 5th".

Who knew about the Trump dossier? According to a copy of the dossier published by BuzzFeed this year, the earliest report from Steele dates to June 2016, two months later.

The Clinton campaign and the DNC declined to comment to the Post.

"I have no idea what Fusion or Steele were paid but if even a shred of that dossier ends up helping (Justice Department special counsel Robert) Mueller, it will prove money well spent", he tweeted. "But let's be clear, there is a serious federal investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation, and the American public deserves to know what happened".

Still, the president and his supporters have seized on the new details about the DNC-Clinton role to push their view that the various Russian Federation investigations - from Capitol Hill to Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller - are based on a fraudulent, politically inspired hit job. The person said Trump, by virtue of his extensive worldwide business dealings, was seen as a natural target for complicated opposition research overseas. "Who paid for it, Russia, the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Dems (or all)?". Fusion GPS had been resisting attempts by congressional investigatory committees to reveal their bank records so that the source of the dossier could be discovered.

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, which is probing Russia's election role, have done so as well. CNN's John Berman questioned the pursuit of opposition research rationale by noting how that was supposedly the same reason why Donald Trump Jr. met with various Russian officials past year. The dossier also alleged that the prostitutes performed a "golden shower" routine as a demonstration of disgust for then-president Barack Obama. That document lays out the intelligence community's view that Russian Federation conducted a multifaceted influence operation to undermine American democracy, damage Clinton and help Trump win.

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