The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that led to the creation of the now-famous Trump dossier, containing unverified allegations about President Donald Trump’s connections Russia and collusion to win the election, The Washington Post reported Tuesday night.
Marc. E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, hired Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, to conduct the research. The Post says the firm then hired a former British intelligence officer, Christopher Steele, who has ties with to the FBI and U.S. intelligence community.
Elias retained Fusion GPS in April 2016 however, an unknown Republican client had hired Fusion GPS during the GOP primary. The Clinton campaign retained Fusion GPS through the end of October 2016.
Once the research was finished, Fusion GPS gave the information to Elias though the Post reports it is not known how much information he shared with the campaign or the DNC.
The dossier became a major news story and controversy in early January when BuzzFeed published the whole report while admitting that several of the allegations have not been confirmed:
“BuzzFeed News reporters in the US and Europe have been investigating various alleged facts in the dossier but have not verified or falsified them. CNN reported Tuesday that a two-page synopsis of the report was given to President Obama and Trump.
Now BuzzFeed News is publishing the full document so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government.”
President Trump and Congressional Republicans, until recently, were seeking information on who financed the dossier.
Last week Trump raised that question in a tweet:
Last week, two executives of Fusion GPS refused to answer questions in a private meeting with the House Intelligence Committee.
Joshua Levy, a the lawyer for the two executives, said they will cooperate with “serious” investigations and claimed that a “Trump cabal has carried out a campaign to demonize our client for having been tied to the Trump dossier.”
“We endeavor to work with all serious investigations who are going to be striking the balance between Congress’s right to information and our client’s privileges and legal obligations. We’ve done that with other committees, and will continue to do so.”
A DNC spokesman said “[Chairman 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.”
Brian Fallon, a Clinton campaign spokesman, told the Post he wasn’t aware of the hiring but added “if I had gotten handed it last fall, I would have had no problem passing it along and urging reporters to look into it.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took to Twitter on Tuesday night to tout the Post’s story:
Early Wednesday, Trump had responded to the news by simply tweeting a quote from Fox News: