On Tuesday night, the Washington Post broke a story that completely changes the narrative about Russian collusion in the American 2016 election. We now know, thanks to the Washington Post, that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped to fund research for what resulted in the dossier containing supposedly harmful information about President Trump's connections to Russia.
It has been reported that Marc E. Elias, a powerful lawyer who represented the Clinton campaign and the DNC, conducted the research through Fusion GPS, a Washington firm. The lawyer and his firm then hired Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to US intelligence, who received his information from Russian sources.
The Clinton campaign and the DNC then continued to fund this research through the end of October 2016, only days before Election Day.
It is unclear how much of this information was shared with Hillary Clinton's campaign or the DNC, or in what matter the information was shared, but this connection is clear and raises many questions.
The dossier has become notorious amid the intensifying investigations into the alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Several Republicans congressional leaders have spent many months trying to discredit Fusion GPS and have tried to determine the identity of the Democrats who paid for the dossier. President Trump, too, has encouraged the Justice Department and FBI to release the names of those who paid for it.
In the past, the DNC had denied any involvement with the decision-making of Fusion GPS. Brian Fallon, a former spokesperson for the Clinton campaign, says he is unaware of the hiring during the campaign.
“The first I learned of Christopher Steele or saw any dossier was after the election,” Fallon said, according to The Washington Post. “But if I had gotten handed it last fall, I would have had no problem passing it along and urging reporters to look into it. Opposition research happens on every campaign, and here you had probably the most shadowy guy ever running for president, and the FBI certainly has seen fit to look into it. I probably would have volunteered to go to Europe myself to try and verify if it would have helped get more of this out there before the election.”
CNN reports that Donald Trump remarked on Wednesday that the Clinton campaign and DNC involvement with the dossier is a "very sad commentary on politics in this country."
He continued, "Hillary Clinton always denied it. The Democrats always denied it, and now, only because it is going to come out in a court case, they said yes they did it. They admitted it and they are embarrassed by it. I think it is a disgrace."
Breitbart points out that this revelation lends credibility to those who, like Trump himself, have regarded the Russia accusations as conspiracy theories. Indeed, the real story is not that Donald Trump colluded with the Russians in order to win the 2016 presidential election. Rather, the story is that the Democrats worked with an opposition research firm that has alarming ties to Russia, in order to facilitate a disinformation campaign during a presidential election.
Democrats will now have many questions to answer about their possible collusion with Russia in order to promote a disinformation campaign during a presidential election. According to the Daily Caller, a former spokesman for the Clinton campaign believes that Hillary Clinton may have known about the campaign's involvement in this effort.
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