Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee both funded research that led to the development of a discredited dossier about President Donald Trump’s connections to Russia, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
The Post cited “people familiar with the matter” as its sources for the report.
The Post reported that Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained the firm Fusion GPS to conduct the research. Fusion GP then hired Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer, to do the work.
Trump has furiously denied any of the salacious allegations in the dossier and recently tweeted that congressional investigations into Russia should make public the name of who paid for its development.
Officials behind the now discredited "Dossier" plead the Fifth. Justice Department and/or FBI should immediately release who paid for it.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 21, 2017
“Officials behind the now discredited ‘Dossier’ plead the Fifth. Justice Department and/or FBI should immediately release who paid for it,” Trump tweeted Saturday.
Democrats began funding the dossier’s development in April 2016, The Post reported. Initial research had been funded by a GOP client during the Republican presidential primaries.
Fusion GPS was still being paid by the Clinton campaign and the DNC through October 2016, the Post reported.
Fusion GPS officials have been ordered to testify before congressional committees, but have refused to speak to a House panel.
“We cannot in good conscience do anything but advise our clients to stand on their constitutional privileges, the attorney work product doctrine and contractual obligations,” Fusion GPS’s counsel Josh Levy wrote earlier this month.
“Should you compel any of our three clients to appear at the scheduled deposition, they will invoke their constitutional privileges not to testify,” Levy said in the letter. “Since that will be the case, we ask that the Committee excuse them from appearing.”
The Post reported that neither Elias and Fusion GPS could comment, nor would the Clinton campaign or the DNC.
Others, however, had a lot to say:
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) October 24, 2017
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) October 24, 2017
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) October 24, 2017
Three House committees have begun separate investigations into the former secretary of state, Lou Dobbs reported for Fox Business Network.
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