Trump-Russia Dossier Funded by DNC & Clinton Camp – Report
A Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer is caught up in more fallout following a report that the Clinton campaign and the DNC funded the infamous Trump-Russia dossier alleging collusion. Another journalist claims he was misled by the lawyer.
On Tuesday, the report alleged that Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the 2016 Clinton campaign, along with the Democratic National Committee (DNC), retained a Washington, DC firm called Fusion GPS in April 2016, according to unnamed people familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the Washington Post reported.
Fusion was hired by Elias to conduct research into President Donald Trump's alleged coordination with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Following Elias’ decision to hire Fusion, the firm tapped eventual dossier author, Christopher Steele, to conduct research into Trump. Steele is a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI.
Before Elias and his Perkins Coie law firm, tapped Fusion, the DC entity was already conducting research into Trump on behalf of an unknown Republican client during the GOP primary. That research was not compiled into a dossier, however, until the Clinton campaign, through Perkins Coie, carried on with the effort, after the anonymous GOP donor stopped funding the research in April 2016.
Fusion then gave Elias the information that Steele compiled, along with other research, the ‘unnamed people familiar with the situation’ told the Washington Post.
But New York Times journalist Kenneth P. Vogel tweeted Tuesday evening that Elias claimed his sources were wrong when he attempted to reach out about the story. Another reporter from the Times corroborated Vogel’s allegations.