Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russian Federation dossier
- Author: Santos West Oct 26, 2017,
Oct 26, 2017, 0:25
Fallon said he couldn't speak for how much Clinton knew about her campaign's dealings with Steele, but he noted that "opposition research happens all the time" during elections, and the dossier was already commissioned ahead of time.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday evening called the Post's reporting "the real Russian Federation scandal", and Trump quoted Fox News commentary on the Washington's Post's reporting early Wednesday.
Wednesday morning Trump tweeted what he says is a quote from Fox News, that he is a "victim" of the dossier, which is nonsense. "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 reads.
Before being hired by the DNC and the Clinton campaign, Fusion GPS was collecting information on Trump on behalf of "an unknown Republican client", the Post reported. It then outlined what Fusion GPS could disclose.
People involved in the matter said they would not disclose the dollar-amounts paid to Fusion GPS, but said the campaign and the DNC shared the cost.
Earlier Tuesday, Fusion GPS lawyer William Taylor issued a statement that Congress' request was overly broad and that it was "designed to punish President Trump's political foes while chilling future investigative research into his actions".
"This overly broad subpoena for Fusion's bank records serves no investigative goal and is created to punish President Trump's political foes while chilling future investigative research into his actions", attorney William W. Taylor III said. Such arguments are now going to run wild, probably via much encouragement by the Tweeter-in-Chief, who speculated just the other day that "Russia, FBI or the Dems" may have paid for the "discredited and Fake Dossier". It does not appear any portion of the dossier has been officially disproven.
New York Times reporter Ken Vogel took to Twitter to accuse Elias of previously denying involvement in the Trump dossier shortly after the Washington Post report was released. Other details, including the most sensational accusations, have yet to be verified and may never be.
Sources told CNN that Mueller's investigators met with Steele over the summer as part of their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and allegations of coordination between Russia and Trump's associates.
A two-page summary of the dossier was presented to both President Barack Obama and then President-elect Trump by top intelligence officials in January.
Congressional Republicans have tried to force Fusion GPS to identify the Democrat or group behind Steele's work, but the firm has said that it would not do so, citing confidentiality agreements with its clients.
Trump tweeted on Saturday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department should "immediately release who paid for it" after Fusion GPS co-founder Peter Fritsch and partner Thomas Catan last week invoked the US Constitution's Fifth Amendment, which protects Americans against self-incrimination.
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.