According to The Washington Post, the controversial dossier on Trump cropped by a former British spy was partially funded by the Clinton campaign and the DNC.
The Post found that the Clinton camp-tied law firm Perkins Coie started funding the opposition research on Trump that was the basis of the dossier in April 2016.
Sources told the press that the intelligence firm Fusion GPS was behind most of the research work for the dossier which was finalized before the Election Day. The law firm that commissioned the work was representing both the DNC and Clinton camp at the time.
President Trump has dismissed most of the allegations in the document as false, including those claiming that his aides had colluded with the Russian government to help him win. Some of the allegations have indeed been debunked.
On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted that the source of the founding for the dossier should be “the real Russia scandal”.
“Clinton campaign paid for the fake Russia dossier, then lied about it & covered it up,”
Research Partially Funded By Mystery GOP Client
The Post also found that other parts of the research conducted by Fusion GPS were sponsored by an unnamed GOP client in the primaries.
The DNC said that the group’s new management has not been involved in the controversy. A spokesperson insisted that the freshly minted Chairman Tom Perez and other DNC leaders had nothing to do with the dossier. They didn’t even know that the organization’s law firm had paid Fusion GPS.
Several people familiar with the matter told NBC News before the Post published their article that the research was initially funded by a GOP client and taken over by a Democratic organization later in the year.
The Post found that Fusion GPS hired the former British military intelligence officer Christopher Steele who gave the documents to a lawyer working for Perkins Coie.
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