How The Clinton Campaign And DNC Are Connected To The Trump Dossier

How The Clinton Campaign And DNC Are Connected To The Trump Dossier

How The Clinton Campaign And DNC Are Connected To The Trump Dossier

"So while I didn't know that that meeting took place (the Clinton campaign's lawfirm acquisition of it) it at the time, I'm glad that Marco and whoever else was aware of it at the time authorized it and went forward with it". Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen is heavily featured in the dossier and appeared Tuesday before a closed hearing of the House Intelligence Committee.

In August, ABC News reported that the same private research firm, Fusion GPS, was paid during the heated Republican primaries by wealthy Republicans and then later worked for Democrats, all of whom wanted to dig up dirt on Trump and plant negative news stories, according to political operatives.

The person familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential client matters, said the arrangement was brokered by Marc Elias, a lawyer for the campaign and the DNC, and his law firm of Perkins Coie. The news has created a problem for Democrats, as the report shows the Democratic presidential campaign funded a foreign spy's opposition research - an accusation similar to complaints that Democrats have brought against Trump's campaign.

The revelation is likely to fuel complaints by Trump that the dossier, which the president has derided as "phony stuff", is a politically motivated collection of salacious claims.

"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", the statement said.

A DNC spokeswoman has since denied any involvement from the chairman or party leaders in the hiring of Fusion GPS.

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Clinton herself on Monday described the controversy as " baloney " that has "been debunked repeatedly ". At the time, Clinton was secretary of state, leading one of nine government agencies comprising CFIUS.

Citing Fox News, Trump tweeted Wednesday morning, "Clinton campaign & DNC paid for research that led to the anti-Trump Fake News Dossier".

Elias and his law firm, Perkins Coie, retained the company in April 2016 on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the DNC. They reportedly withdrew from the agreement after Steele, who was known and well respected for work he had done on a global corruption probe, was identified in news reports. That could expose who else funded opposition research against Trump. However, it was reportedly used by the FBI to obtain a surveillance warrant last summer against one of Trump's campaign aides, Carter Page, and acted as a "roadmap" for the FBI's investigation.

Trump tweeted as recently as Saturday that the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation should "immediately release who paid for it".

Last week, an attorney for Fusion GPS sent a letter to the House Intelligence Committee that suggested it has no plans to cooperate with its investigation.

Fusion GPS and the bank must let the court know by 3 p.m. Thursday if the parties reach a settlement. The FBI has been investigating whether any Trump associates helped the Russians in that effort. The deal never came to fruition but a report of the findings was passed by FBI Director James Comey to then President Barack Obama and President-elect Trump shortly before January's inauguration. 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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