Dems Running For Cover As Revelations
Show Clinton Campaign Funded The Controversial And False Anti-Trump
The bombshell revelation that Hillary
Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund the
controversial anti-Trump dossier last year has lawmakers and the media
asking tough questions about how the dubious document was used by the
highest levels of U.S. law enforcement – and why Democrats “lied” about
In the midst of a court case that threatened to reveal the dossier’s
funding, it emerged overnight that political consulting firm Fusion GPS
was retained last year by Marc E. Elias, an attorney representing the
DNC and the Clinton campaign. The firm then hired former British
intelligence officer Christopher Steele to write the now-infamous
The Washington Post first reported on the connections, which were
confirmed by Fox News.
Not only did the Clinton campaign and DNC fund the firm through the end
of October 2016, but the FBI reportedly arranged to pay Steele to
proceed with intelligence gathering on Donald Trump and Russia after
Trump’s election. That deal was later nixed after the former
intelligence officer was identified in news reports.
The Republican congressman weighs in on questions surrounding the
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Gowdy wants to know how much FBI relied on Trump dossier
House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said Wednesday
that his biggest questions concern to what extent the FBI relied on that
document to launch its Russia probe.
Further, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.,
said at a Washington, D.C., event on Wednesday that the FBI has been
“stonewalling” Congress’ request for documents, voicing frustration
about learning this information through the media.
“The FBI needs to comply with the documents request that Congress has on
their desk right now and they need to do it immediately,” Ryan said.
The controversial dossier contained unverified and lurid allegations
about dirt the Russians had on Trump and his campaign's possible
connections to Moscow.
Perkins Coie was paid $5.6 million in legal fees by the Clinton campaign
in a time period ranging from June 2015 to December 2016, The Post
reported, citing campaign finance records. The DNC also paid the firm
$3.6 million for “legal and compliance consulting” going back to
Sources told The Post that neither the Clinton campaign nor the DNC
specifically directed Steele’s work, labeling the intelligence officer
simply as a Fusion GPS subcontractor.
But after the Post story broke, reporters with The New York Times
blasted Elias and others on Twitter, accusing them of denying the
connection for months.
“When I tried to report this story, Clinton campaign lawyer @marceelias
pushed back vigorously, saying ‘You (or your sources) are wrong,’” New
York Times reporter Kenneth Vogel tweeted.
“Folks involved in funding this lied about
it, and with sanctimony, for a year,” Times reporter Maggie Haberman
Former Clinton spokesman
Brian Fallon boasted on Twitter that, while he didn’t know about
Steele’s hiring before the election, “If I had, I would have volunteered
to go to Europe and try to help him.”
He added, “I have no idea what Fusion or
Steele were paid but if even a shred of that dossier ends up helping
Mueller, it will prove money well spent.”
But he defended Elias on the issue of whether he denied the funding
connection, tweeting: “Dont know what Elias may have said but if he was
coy, he was prob just being a good lawyer honoring confidentiality.”
Haberman countered: “’coy’ is not responding at all. ‘Your sources are
wrong’ is a bit different.”
The Democratic National Committee, meanwhile, stressed that the current
leadership was not involved in the arrangement.
“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," DNC Communications Director
Xochitl Hinojosa said in a statement. "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.”
A spokesman for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who led the DNC
at the time, told Fox News on Wednesday that, “She did not have any
knowledge of this arrangement.”
Fox News' Judson Berger and Brooke Singman contributed to this report
“My focus has always been whether or not the Department of Justice and
the FBI relied upon an unsourced CI document to launch a
counterintelligence investigation,” he told Fox News’ “America’s
“I want to know whether the nation’s
premier law enforcement agency relied on a document that looks like the
National Enquirer prepared it. … And if they relied upon an unsourced,
un-vetted document to launch a really important investigation … then I
think our country is big enough to handle that truth.”
He noted that representatives with Fusion GPS pleaded the Fifth in a
Capitol Hill appearance last week.
“Usually people plead the Fifth when they think the answer’s going to
get them in trouble,” he said.
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