(National Sentinel) Fake News: On Tuesday CNN legal analyst Evan Perez gave viewers a widely-debunked view of the infamous “dossier” alleging “collusion” between President Donald J. Trump’s campaign and the Russian government.
During one segment on Tuesday, Perez falsely claimed that anti-Trump Republicans at first funded the dossier, much of which remains unsubstantiated and which has essentially been repudiated by author and former British spy Christopher Steele.
The legal analyst was responding to a tweet from Trump earlier in which he called the dossier a “pile of garbage.” Perez has close ties to the cofounders of Fusion GPS, the firm behind the dossier, which CNN failed to disclose, The Daily Caller reported.
“Look, the fact is that the dossier was compiled as part of opposition research, first paid for by Republicans who were opposed to Donald Trump and then later on by Democrats and the Clinton camp, people associated with the Clinton campaign who wanted to try to bring him down,” Perez said.
The “fact” cited by Perez — that anti-Trump Republicans originally funded the dossier — has been ruled “false” by fact-checkers.
GOP donor Paul Singer initially hired Fusion GPS through the Washington Free Beacon to conduct opposition research on Trump and other candidates during the 2016 Republican primaries. However, that research was not related to the dossier.
Nevertheless, CNN has repeatedly misinformed its viewers with the claim that the dossier was initially a GOP effort.
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