Clinton Campaign, DNC Paid Fusion GPS for Trump Dossier

Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped pay for research that led to the'golden showers dossier on Donald Trump

Marc Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) used the Washington-based private intelligence firm, Fusion GPS, to conduct the research, the Washington Post reported citing unnamed sources. The letter was filed with the court on Tuesday.

After the election, the FBI agreed to pay Steele to continue gathering intelligence about Trump and Russian Federation, but the bureau pulled out of the arrangement after Steele was publicly identified in news reports.

In a letter, Elias' law firm, Perkins Coie, said it began working with Fusion GPS in April 2016 and that the Clinton campaign and the DNC stopped funding Fusion GPS' research before the presidential election November 8.

But the biggest revelation from the Washington Post report is the direct link between the Clinton campaign and the lawyer who retained Fusion GPS, which later funded the dossier.

If you're scratching your head about what it all means, and what is allegedly in the Trump dossier, we're here to help.

It had been earlier reported that an unknown Republican donor had bankrolled the dossier during the primaries, and Democratic operatives started paying for it once Trump secured the nomination.

According to a statement from the DNC's communications director, the new chairman and leadership were "not involved in any decision-making regarding Fusion GPS".

Both Trump and former President Barack Obama were briefed on the dossier in a two-page synopsis attached to a larger report on allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, CNN reported in January.

Elias and his law firm, Perkins Coie, retained the company in April 2016 on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the DNC.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI chief, is in the midst of a months-long probe of Trump campaign links to Moscow and whether Trump obstructed justice when he fired another FBI director, James Comey, who was heading the agency's Russian Federation investigation before Mueller took over. Investigators working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller have reportedly interviewed Steele in Europe. "While he was certainly familiar with some, but not all, of the information in it, from the research that was being done, he didn't have and hadn't seen the full document, nor was he involved in pitching it to reporters".

Trump tweeted as recently as Saturday that the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation should "immediately release who paid for it".

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, which is probing Russia's election role, have done so as well. Since then, Trump has repeatedly attacked the document and Republicans in Congress have worked to discredit it, even issuing a subpoena that seeks to force the disclosure of Fusion GPS's bank records. I think I would know but let's find out who it is.

"Russian regime has been cultivating, supporting and assisting TRUMP for at least 5 years".

The briefing, which was classified, was presented by four senior USA intelligence chiefs, including then-FBI Director James Comey. 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.

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