(National Sentinel) Political Hit Job: The campaign of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee reportedly paid $1 million collectively for the so-called “Trump dossier,” a collection of unsubstantiated and salacious claims that some Republicans believe was used by the FBI to justify surveillance warrants on the Trump campaign.
Fusion GPS, the Washington, D.C.-based firm, made the disclosures to the House Intelligence Committee last week, according to Reuters.
The firm, founded by three former Wall Street Journal reporters, also told the panel that of the $1.02 million it received from Democrats, it paid former British spy Christopher Steele $168,000 for his work on writing the 35-page document.
The Daily Caller noted further:
Steele, a former British intelligence officer, was hired by Fusion GPS last June. His 35-page dossier, chock full of allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government, has been used by the FBI as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election.
The payments to Fusion GPS for the dossier were made by Perkins Coie, the law firm that represents the Clinton campaign and DNC. Perkins Coie partner Marc Elias, who served as general counsel for both entities, was the bagman for the project, The Washington Post reported last week.
Perkins Coie acknowledged its role in the dossier last week, as the House Intelligence Committee ramped up pressure on Fusion GPS’s bank to release the firm’s bank records.
The Clinton campaign and the DNC were not the first to hire Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on President Donald J. Trump. In Oct. 2015, the firm was hired by The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website funded by billionaire megadonor Paul Singer.
Singer, a vocal critic of Trump, backed Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida for president.
That said, the Free Beacon, which disclosed its involvement with Fusion to the House panel on Friday, noted that none of its opposition research made it into the dossier.
The web site asked Fusion to end its research into Trump after he won the Indiana primary in May 2016, on his way to winning the GOP nomination later that summer.
“The Daily Caller was told by knowledgeable sources that The Free Beacon continued paying Fusion as part of other research until January, when BuzzFeed News published Steele’s dossier,” the site reported.
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