A new revelation promises to be the final nail in the coffin for the long-alleged Trump-Russia false-narrative, as details have emerged about the controversial “dossier” that have ripped it’s last bit of credibility to shreds.
It turns out that the infamous “Trump dossier” was funded by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democrat National Committee. It means there was a direct connection between Democrats and this scandalous document that, among other things, claimed President Trump had ties with Russia, according to The Washington Examiner.
Fusion GPS, a Washington based Democrat-aligned research firm that was responsible for creating the dossier in the first place, was hired by Clinton campaign and DNC lawyer Mark Elias. The two groups paid for Fusion GPS’ services up until a few days before the November 8th General Election.
Fusion GPS hired author and former British spy Christopher Steele, whose connections within the intelligence community made him a suitable candidate to help create the rumors found within the dossier. Fusion GPS then gave Steele’s reports and other documents to Elias. This fabricated dossier claimed that the Russian government had collected compromising information on Donald Trump for several years.
These newly revealed details emerge after President Trump urged the Justice Department and FBI to “immediately” release any information they might have on the purchaser of the dossier.
“Officials behind the now discredited ‘Dossier’ plead the Fifth. Justice Department and/or FBI should immediately release who paid for it,” the President tweeted Saturday afternoon.
As for Fusion GPS, the company had gone to court in an attempt to block a House committee subpoena for its banking records. The company seeks a “temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction” to block the release of these records, according to Fox News. The company argued that complying with the subpoena would “deny Plaintiff and its clients their rights to free speech and expressive association as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution.”
Committee Republicans disagree, saying that Fusion GPS is not a proper media organization and therefore is not entitled to the same protections.
Although some aspects of the dossier have been confirmed to be true, such as parts referring to communications with foreign nationals, the vast majority of the report, as well as the most scandalous aspects, have not been verified and likely never will.
Elias and Perkins Coie, the law firm that hired Fusion GPS, was paid $5.6 million in legal fees from June 2015 to December 2016 from the Clinton campaign. The DNC also paid a sum of $3.6 million in “legal and compliance consulting” during a similar timeframe, although it’s impossible to tell what proportion of that money was specifically for Fusion GPS related materials and what was meant for other legal services, according to The Washington Post.
Many within the Obama administration at the time were aware of the existence of the said document, including then-President Obama himself, who was presented with a two-page summary of Steele’s dossier from then-FBI Director James Comey. Many speculate that this report led to the “wiretapping” scandal, which saw the Obama administration investigating Mr. Trump and many other individuals.
The Clinton campaign funded the “Trump dossier.” Do you think Clinton tried to create a false narrative about Trump in order to win the election?
After being hired by an undisclosed Republican to conduct the “research” on President Trump, Steele later continued his work once Fusion GPS hired him and his firm, Orbus Business Intelligence, to further his investigation. Current and former US intelligence officials said the Steele was respected by the FBI and State Department for earlier work he conducted. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), said that the committee tried to contact the former spy himself to see if he would cooperate with the investigation. “Those offers have gone unaccepted,” he later said.
This newly found connection with the Clinton campaign is the last piece in the puzzle of a complicated political game. Most importantly, this revelation should lay to rest any last remnants of credibility remaining in Trump-Russia narrative.