The Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign funded research that now came out as a famous dossier which allegedly holds information about connections between President Trump and Russia and possible collaboration between his campaign and Putin.
The lawyer, who represented the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, Marc E. Elias, hired firm from Washington, Fusion GPS, to conduct the research.
Not long after, Fusion GPS hired dossier author Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community.
Clintons lawyer Elias and his firm, Perkins Coie, kept Fusion GPS in April 2016 for the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Before that deal was made, Fusion GPS’s research into Trump was paid by unfamiliar Republican client during the GOP primary.
The Fusion GPS’s research into Trump continued because The Clinton campaign and the DNC funded it until late October 2016, days before Election Day, through the Elias’s law firm.
On Saturday, President Trump tweeted that FBI and the Justice Department “immediately release who paid for it,” pointing to the cheap dossier.
Elias and Fusion GPS had no comments about the arrangement. People from the Clinton campaign and the DNC also did not give comments immediately.
Fusion GPS are not willing to disclose how much they were paid for the research, but said that both the campaign and the DNC paid for it.
Steele, who previously worked in Russia as a British intelligence agent, allegedly collected documents for Fusion GPS saying Russian government collected compromising information about Trump and that they were helping him for his presidential campaign.
The Clinton campaign paid Perkins Coie $5.6 million in legal fees from June 2015 to December 2016, according to campaign finance records, and the DNC paid the firm $3.6 million in “legal and compliance consulting’’ since Nov. 2015. It’s hard to know how much from this money went to Fusion GPS, but we assume it’s a lot.
Last week, Fusion GPS executives were questioned by the House Intelligence Committee. They invoked their constitutional right not to answer any questions. After that the Republican leader of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (Calif.), subpoenaed Fusion GPS’s bank records to try to identify the mystery client.
We hope the truth will come out soon and Democrats will have to admit their involvement.
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