(National Sentinel) Election 2016: An opposition research firm linked to the Democratic National Committee and the campaign last year of Hillary Clinton made Russia-related payments last year, according to newly unsealed bank records.
A federal court unsealed the records in a lawsuit involving the firm, thereby revealing new details about payments that were made last year to Fusion GPS when it was commissioning the dossier.
“The documents also shed new light on requests made by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence about payments that Fusion GPS made to journalists,” The DC reported.
The records were opened following a ruling last week by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington, D.C.
While most of the records are redacted, there is evidence of transactions between a pair of law firms that Fusion GPS worked with last year involving Russia-related projects.
One of the firms, Perkins Coie, which represented the Clinton campaign and the DNC, paid Fusion $1,024,408 between May 24, 2016, and Dec. 28, 2016, according to the unsealed records.
The biggest payment was made right before the Nov. 8 election when Perkins Coie made a payment amounting to $365,275 to Fusion — on Oct. 28, 2016. Also, a payment that was made to Fusion was made later than previously thought, The DC reported.
“The transaction list does not show payments that Fusion made to Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the dossier. The firm reportedly paid Steele a total of $168,000 for his work, which lasted from June 2016 until the election,” said the website.
Fusion worked on behalf of BakerHostetler to investigate Bill Browder, a banker from London who helped to usher the Magnitsky Act through — a sanctions law that the Russian government vehemently opposed.
BakerHostetler also represented Prevezon Holdings and its owner, a Russian businessman named Denis Katsyv.
Both Katsyv and Prevezon worked to limit the impact of the sanctions imposed but he Magnitsky Act.
In addition, the documents reveal that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking records from Fusion related to the firm’s “payments to journalists who have reported on Russia issues relevant to its investigation.”
In a memo that was filed on Tuesday, attorneys for the House panel said they are seeking transition records related to “three individual journalists…each of whom have reported on and/or been quoted in articles regarding topics related to the Committee’s investigation, some of which were published as recently as October 2017.”
The names of the journalists were redacted. And while it isn’t clear year that Fusion paid any journalists to hype the dossier story, the firm is known to keep a stable of reporters on its payroll.
Fusion founders Peter Fritsch, Thomas Catan and Glenn Simpson are former Wall Street Journal reporters.
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