Report: Clinton campaign, DNC behind graphic anti-Trump dossier

Clinton campaign official funded research of report claiming Trump colluded with Russia. Report later made its way to US intel agencies.

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A controversial dossier against Donald Trump compiled ahead of the 2016 presidential election which suggested then-candidate Trump colluded with the Russian government was produced at the behest of the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, the Washington Post reported Tuesday night.

The now infamous dossier put together by the Washington opposition research company Fusion GPS during the 2016 campaign, but late made its way to US intelligence agencies, which included a synopsis of the dossier’s unconfirmed and at times salacious accusations against Trump in their briefings of then-President Obama.

In January, the dossier was leaked to Buzzfeed, which published it in its entirety online.

The dossier fueled speculation of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, with claims that the Kremlin possessed serious and ‘compromising’ information on Trump including alleged vile acts performed at Trump’s request during a stay in Moscow.

The Trump campaign immediately dismissed the dossier, though critics of the president were quick to adopt the report’s allegation of a Trump-Russia connection.

Republicans had called for an investigation into the dossier to reveal who had commissioned and paid for the report.

Employees of Fusion GPS refused to discuss funding for the dossier during questioning by a congressional committee last week, citing their Fifth Amendment rights, and filed an appeal with a federal court to block a congressional subpoena of the company’s financial records.

President Trump weighed in on the matter via Twitter, calling for a release of the company’s financial records and speculating that the dossier could have been produced at the request of the Kremlin, the Democratic party, or even the FBI.

“Workers of firm involved with the discredited and Fake Dossier take the 5th. Who paid for it, Russia, the FBI or the Dems (or all)?”

On Tuesday night, the Washington Post revealed that the dossier had in fact been ordered and funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

The report claimed that Clinton attorney Marc Elias, who also worked for the DNC, and his law firm, Perkins Coie, had retained Fusion GPS to compile the dossier.

"To aid in its representation of the Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee, Perkins Coie retained Fusion GPS, entering into an engagement for research services that began in April 2016 and concluded before the election in early November," one source told NBC News.

The company then hired former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele to produce the report.

Funding for the dossier was provided from the DNC and Clinton campaign via the Perkins Coie law firm.

A DNC spokeswoman neither confirmed nor denied the Post report, but merely stated that current DNC chairman Tom Perez was not tied to the dossier or Fusion GPS.

“Tom Perez and the new leadership of the DNC were not involved in any decision-making regarding Fusion GPS, nor were they aware that Perkins Coie was working with the organization. But let’s be clear, there is a serious federal investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, and the American public deserves to know what happened.”

Following the Post and NBC News reports, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the DNC and Clinton campaign’s secret funding of the dossier “the real Russia scandal.

"The real Russia scandal? Clinton campaign paid for the fake Russia dossier, then lied about it & covered it up."








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