A campaign lawyer for Hillary Clinton who has been identified as one of the individuals who contracted with a research firm to dig up dirt on President Donald Trump denied any involvement in the scheme for a year, according to multiple media outlets.
On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee both funded research that led to the development of a discredited dossier about Trump’s activities in Russia and his connections with Russian officials.
The Post said that Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained the firm Fusion GPS to conduct the research. Fusion GPS then hired Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer, to do the work.
Once that news broke, two New York Times reporters claimed that when they had asked about the dossier and its connections to the DNC or Clinton campaign, they were met with lies.
Folks involved in funding this lied about it, and with sanctimony, for a year https://t.co/vXKRV1wRJc
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) October 24, 2017
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) October 24, 2017
Trump has called the dossier phony, and Wednesday he shared a quote on Twitter about the Democrats effort to fund it.
"Clinton campaign & DNC paid for research that led to the anti-Trump Fake News Dossier. The victim here is the President." @FoxNews
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2017
On Tuesday, a letter was filed in court stating that Fusion GPS began working for Elias’s law firm, Perkins Coie, in April 2016.
Written by the firm’s general counsel, Matthew J. Gehringer, the letter said that Fusion GPS had already been conducting the research “for one or more other clients during the Republican primary contest.”
The letter indicated that research continued with the DNC and Clinton campaign footing the bill
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) October 25, 2017
Perkins Coie was paid $12.4 million to represent the Clinton campaign and the DNC during the 2016 campaign
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