(National Sentinel) Fake News: The role the media played in the spread of a thus-far unsubstantiated narrative that collusion existed between the Trump campaign and Russia is coming under further scrutiny by investigators looking into the infamous Russia dossier.
As noted by The Washington Times, Fusion GPS, which financed the dossier via funds provided by the Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign, is fighting a House committee chairman in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia as he attempts to find out whether journalists were paid.
Also, the Times reported, a self-described dossier victim wants a federal judge in Florida to order the news web site Buzzfeed, which published the full 35-page dossier, to say who provided it.
The cases underscore how a Moscow-sourced memorandum created as opposition research against Donald Trump in the presidential campaign last year often dictates the debate about politics and reporters’ rights in Washington.
Rep. Devin Nunes, California Republican and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, signed a subpoena to force a bank to turn over Fusion’s financial records. He wants to know who paid for the dossier, which was written in a series of 18 memos by former British spy Christopher Steele. He relied almost exclusively on unidentified Kremlin sources.
Steele also reportedly paid those Kremlin sources, further raising suspicions about the information they provided, the most damning of which remains unsubstantiated.
Fusion went to court in a bid to block Nunes, “but the law firm Perkins Coie LLP, whose partner Marc E. Elias is the Clinton’s campaign’s general counsel, intervened,” the Times reported, providing information that the Clinton campaign and the DNC paid for the dossier.
Fusion and Nunes worked out an agreement for the opposition research firm to supply him with additional financial information.
However, now the firm has gone back to court to block Nunes’ subpoena because he is seeking even more data.
The site is being sued by Russian tech firms accused of wrongdoing in the dossier.
In addition, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was known to have possessed a hard copy of the dossier through a set of complex arrangements with Steele. But he has said he also was not the source of providing a copy of it to Buzzfeed, the Times reported.
“I gave it to no one except for the director of the FBI. I don’t know why you’re digging this up now,” McCain told The Daily Caller last month.
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