Sunday, 19 November, 2017

DNC, Clinton Campaign helped pay for anti-Trump dossier

Devin Nunes trying to destroy research firm as punishment for Trump-Russia dossier: attorney Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier
Sammy Stanley | 26 October, 2017, 00:26

President Donald Trump and other Republicans have latched onto revelations tying Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign to a dossier of allegations about his ties to Russian Federation, saying it's a "disgrace" that Democrats had helped pay for research that produced the document.

Trump suggested, without evidence, last week that Democrats, the FBI, Russia, or a combination of all three may have been responsible for financing the dossier.

The DNC and Clinton campaign's role in funding the dossier, which was reported by the Washington Post, doesn't add much to what was already public.

Fusion GPS lawyer says Nunes' bank records subpoena is "an abuse of authority" that's "designed to punish President Trump's political foes". The man leading the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, Robert Mueller, would also appear to be taking the dossier's findings seriously.

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.

Buzzfeed News later published the 35-page document. The victim here is the President.' Trump wrote. "They didn't know what to say, so they made up the whole Russian Federation hoax".

On Tuesday, Fallon reacted to the report by insisting he was unaware of the Clinton campaign picking up the bill for Christopher Steele's research a year ago.

"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.

For months, Republicans on the Hill have been trying to discover who specifically was behind the dossier.

It has been reported for about a year that a Republican donor provided initial funding for the dossier, which was compiled by ex British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.

"It's all fake news".

The Clinton campaign then picked up paying for the investigation that began in April 2016 and ended before the November vote.

Trump tweeted as recently as Saturday that the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation should "immediately release who paid for it". I think I would know but I won't say.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was chair of the DNC when Fusion GPS was hired in 2016, told Fox News that she was unaware of the arrangement.

Trump's repeatedly denied all of the allegations made in the dossier, though USA investigators reportedly confirmed some of the details.

The dossier created a political firestorm in January when it was revealed that then-FBI Director James Comey had alerted Trump to the existence of allegations about him and Russian Federation. That document lays out the intelligence community's view that Russian Federation conducted a multifaceted influence operation to undermine American democracy, damage Clinton and help Trump win. "It was not in any way used as a basis for the intelligence community assessment that was done".

The scale of the Russian efforts has come into focus in recent weeks as social media companies like Facebook and Twitter have revealed how Moscow's minions used their platforms to try to influence Americans and amplify divisions in USA society.

The dossier also includes salacious allegations of sex acts purportedly orchestrated and witnessed by Trump, aka the "pee tape", which is how some news outlets now describe the entire dossier.

Fusion GPS is fighting a legal battle to prevent Fusion's bank from providing the House intelligence committee records that the panel subpoenaed. He was due to meet with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday.

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