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Fmr. Clinton Spox on Dossier Funding: 'Opposition Research Happens All the Time'

Fmr. Clinton Spox on Dossier Funding: 'Opposition Research Happens All the Time'

Trump has repeatedly dismissed the document as false and in recent days has questioned on Twitter whether Democrats or the Federal Bureau of Investigation had helped fund it.

"This should all be kept in mind as the Democrats continue to claim Russian Federation stole the election and that Donald Trump has all sorts of nefarious ties to Russian Federation", he added. In the past few days, the focus has shifted from Donald Trump to the Clintons. The NSA found the same with "moderate" confidence.

The Post reported that Fusion GPS officials gave Steele's reports and other information to Elias, citing people familiar with the matter.

The House intelligence committee on October 4 subpoenaed Fusion GPS executives, as well as the firm's banking company, TD Bank, to turn over its financial records, which would expose who paid for the dossier research.

It is believed that the opposition research work was begun by one Trump's GOP opponents before being handed off to the Democrats, but that has not been confirmed.

Attorneys argued that complying with the subpoena would pose and "existential threat" to Fusion because it would publicly reveal the firms relationship with about 25 clients and approximately 30 contractors.

The Kremlin campaign included hacking the DNC's computer systems, releasing pilfered communications to WikiLeaks to publish them, and a sophisticated overt propaganda and disinformation campaign. So while both sides paid Fusion GPS, Steele was only funded by Democrats.

Washington Post reporters Tom Hamburger and Rosalind S. Helderman explain the story behind a controversial dossier on President Trump.

A DNC spokeswoman has since denied any involvement from the chairman or party leaders in the hiring of Fusion GPS.

Trump and Republicans are insisting the dossier is fake but several points of it have been verified as accurate.

House Democrats have said efforts to discredit Mr. Steele and the dossier are part of an effort to distract focus from the broader Russian Federation probe. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News. The news has created a problem for Democrats, as the report shows the Democratic presidential campaign funded a foreign spy's opposition research - an accusation similar to complaints that Democrats have brought against Trump's campaign.

At that time, the Clinton campaign was looking toward the general election and was pivoting attention to Trump, the emerging Republican front-runner.

There is a strategy to who sees opposition research, Entous said.

Mr. Comey briefed Mr. Trump on the dossier following an intelligence briefing in January. Fusion GPS had been resisting attempts by congressional investigatory committees to reveal their bank records so that the source of the dossier could be discovered.

The Clinton campaign paid Perkins Coie $5.6 million in legal fees from June 2015 to December 2016, according to campaign finance records, and the DNC paid the firm $3.6 million in "legal and compliance consulting" since November 2015 - though it's impossible to tell from the filings how much of that work was for other legal matters and how much of it related to Fusion GPS.


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