Trump hits out at Clinton Russia claims

Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier

He had been paid by Marc Elias, an attorney representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

But the dossier's author, Steele, wasn't brought into the mix until after Democrats retained Fusion GPS.

The deal began in the spring of 2016, when the firm was approached by Fusion GPS, the political research firm behind the dossier, and lasted until right before Election Day, according to the person.

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.

Candidates routinely conduct opposition research, Fallon pointed out, although the dossier stands out for its detailed exploration of Trump's possible business ties to Moscow - as well as unsubstantiated and salacious allegations about his alleged conduct in a Moscow hotel room. Looking forward to the RNC reaction when the identity of the GOP funder comes out, ' in reference to the Republican National Committee.

According to a statement from the DNC's communications director, the new chairman and leadership were "not involved in any decision-making regarding Fusion GPS".

The 35-page dossier contains a series allegations concerning Russia's attempts to help Trump get elected, including claims of contacts between Russian officials and the Trump campaign. The infamous Trump dossier that alleges the president had ties to Russian Federation and served as part of the reason why we have a special counsel-Robert Mueller-looking into such allegations turned out to be a DNC-funded operation.

"It doesn't appear they were given to the campaign railroad the DNC".

"This should all be kept in mind as the Democrats continue to claim Russian Federation stole the election and that Donald Trump has all sorts of nefarious ties to Russian Federation", he added.




"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.

There is a strategy to who sees opposition research, Entous said.

Over objections from Democrats, the Republican leader of House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (Calif.), subpoenaed Fusion GPS's bank records in order to try to identify the mystery client.

Fusion GPS and the bank must let the court know by 3 p.m. Thursday if the parties reach a settlement.

The dossier created a political firestorm in January when it was revealed that then-FBI Director James Comey had alerted Trump to the existence of allegations about him and Russian Federation.

The finer points of Trump's tweet have not been affirmed by the Washington Post, but it does corroborate his allegations the Federal Bureau of Investigation were paying Steele, albeit not at the same time as the Democrats.

The dossier has since been partly discredited, though CNN reported that some intelligence agencies found other information in the document could be substantiated.

The US intelligence community asserted in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered an effort to disrupt the US presidential election.

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