Clinton campaign, DNC, FBI paid for Trump dossier

Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped pay for research that led to the'golden showers dossier on Donald Trump

Christopher Steele, a former British spy, compiled the salacious 35-page dossier on Mr Trump's alleged campaign ties to Russian Federation.

In short, they argue, if the dossier is the case that Trump's campaign colluded with Russia's attack on the election, that means there's no case. Trump has repeatedly dismissed the document as false and in recent days has questioned whether Democrats or the Federal Bureau of Investigation had helped fund it.

"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. And Hillary Clinton always denied it. The NSA found the same with "moderate" confidence.

Fusion GPS gave Steele's reports and other research documents to Elias, the people familiar with the matter said.

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.

Fusion GPS's work researching Trump began during the Republican presidential primaries when the GOP donor paid for the firm to investigate the real estate tycoon's background. The identity of the Republican client or clients has not yet been publicly revealed.

Buzzfeed News later published the 35-page document. It was not immediately known how much money Fusion received or how many others in the Clinton campaign or DNC were aware that the firm had been retained.

"We believe it would be appropriate for all parties who hired Fusion GPS in connection with the 2016 presidential campaign to release Fusion GPS from this obligation", he wrote. The Post report indicates that's when Mr. Elias got involved. "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", said DNC communications director Xochitl Hinojosa.

The Clinton campaign and the DNC continued to bankroll the research into Trump up until October a year ago, just before election day. Now it's turning out that the hoax has turned around and you look at what's happened with Russian Federation and you look at the uranium deal and you look at the fake dossier.

At that time, the Clinton campaign was looking toward the general election and was pivoting attention to Trump, the emerging Republican front-runner. Certainly there's nothing unusual about a campaign or a party committee investing in opposition research, and all the story shows at this point is that said opposition research ultimately led to some very odd materials. The dossier also alleged that the prostitutes performed a "golden shower" routine as a demonstration of disgust for then-president Barack Obama.

A lawyer for Fusion GPS, Josh Levy, accused the Republican chairman of the committee, Devin Nunes, of an "abuse of power" for his issuing of a subpoena.

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 November 2015 - though it's impossible to tell from the filings how much of that work was for other legal matters and how much of it related to Fusion GPS.

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