Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid for research that led to Russia dossier

The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about President Trump’s connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, people familiar with the matter said.

US President Donald Trump has seized on reports that Hillary Clinton's team bankrolled a sleazy dossier of allegations linking him to Russia.

Unfounded claims that Mr Trump had been filmed with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel surfaced in the closing stretch of last year's White House race.

Mrs Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) reportedly helped fund the research.

"The victim here is the President," Mr Trump tweeted on Wednesday.

President Trump called himself a 'victim' of the infamous dossier of research that Democrats helped pay to produce

According to US media reports, Perkins Coie, a law firm representing the Clinton campaign and DNC, hired intelligence firm Fusion GPS in April 2016.

Fusion GPS, based in Washington DC, was paid to dig up dirt on Mr Trump, who was then Mrs Clinton's rival for the presidency.

The intelligence firm subcontracted Christopher Steele, a former British spy who previously worked in Russia, to compile the research.

Attributed to unnamed sources, it claimed that Mr Trump had colluded with Russian officials during the election campaign.

The unsubstantiated dossier also alleged that Kremlin intelligence had filmed Mr Trump with prostitutes at Moscow's Ritz-Carlton hotel in 2013.

Christopher Steele in London
Christopher Steele

The opposition research was initially funded by an unknown Republican consulting firm, which pulled the plug once Mr Trump captured the party's nomination.

The Clinton campaign then picked up the tab, according to the reports.

As he headed off to Dallas, Texas, on Wednesday, President Trump told reporters on the White House lawn: "It's very sad what they've done with this fake dossier.

"It was made up and I understand they paid a tremendous amount of money."

He added: "Hillary Clinton always denied it, the Democrats always denied it.

"I think it's a disgrace, it's a very sad commentary on politics in this country."

He dismissed the dossier shortly before his inauguration as "fake news".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted on Tuesday: "The real Russia scandal? Clinton campaign paid for the fake Russia dossier, then lied about it & covered it up."

 BBC     News.

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