(National Sentinel) Corrupt: A newly-released report from the House Intelligence Committee clearing President Donald J. Trump and his 2016 campaign of “collusion” allegations involving Russia said that a group of wealthy donors from California and New York spent $50 million to fund an investigation conducted by Christopher Steele, Fusion GPS and a one-time Senate staffer to Dianne Feinstein.
As reported by The Daily Caller, Fusion hired Steele, a former British spy, to ‘investigate’ Trump’s previous activities in Russia and, as is well-known, he went to produce the never-substantiated “Russia dossier” that was used to spy on Trump’s campaign. The document alleged that Moscow and Trump colluded to ‘steal’ the election from Hillary Clinton.
“The Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee funded the project. A law firm representing the organizations hired Fusion GPS in April 2016,” The Daily Caller‘s Chuck Ross reported. That law firm was Perkins Coie.
Though the dossier project did not help Clinton win the Oval Office, Fusion GPS and Steele have nevertheless continued their work, the Intelligence Committee’s report notes, citing Daniel Jones, a former Feinstein staffer who now heads the Penn Quarter Group (PQG), a consulting firm based in Washington, D.C.
The report says that Jones told the FBI in March 2017 about a project he was currently working on involving Fusion and Steele that was funded with $50 million given by seven to 10 wealth donors.
“In late March 2017, Jones met with FBI regarding PQG, which he described as ‘exposing foreign influence in Western election,’” the report states.
“[Redacted] told FBI that PQG was being funded by 7 to 10 wealthy donors located primarily in New York and California, who provided approximately $50 million.”
“[Redacted] further stated that PQG had secured the services of Steele, his associate [redacted], and Fusion GPS to continue exposing Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election,” says the report, which noted further that Jones “planned to share the information he obtained with policymakers…and with the press.”
Jones “also offered to provide PQG’s entire holdings to the FBI,” the report states, citing an interview transcript that Jones gave to the bureau. That transcript, which is known as an “FD-702,” is dated March 28, 2017.
Ross noted further:
The report confirms recent reporting about Jones’ work with Fusion and Steele. The Federalist first reported on Feb. 20 that evidence suggested Jones was working with Fusion.
Jones’ name first emerged in connection with the Russia probe in February after Fox News published a batch of text messages exchanged between Virginia Sen. Mark Warner and Adam Waldman, a lawyer for Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch who is under scrutiny in the Russia probe.
The texts show that Waldman was working as a backchannel between Steele and Warner. Waldman referred to Jones in two exchanges with Warner, who sought to meet with Steele separate from the rest of the Senate Intel panel.
Texts seen exclusively by The DC indicate that Jones first made contact with Waldman on March 15, 2017, indicating he was with a non-profit organization that had just recently been formed in the nation’s capital.
“Dan Jones here from the Democracy Integrity Project. Chris wanted us to connect,” Jones wrote, referring to Steele.