Oh, the folks at the Washington Post can’t have been happy to publish this.
Late on Tuesday, WaPo published a report confirming something many on the Right have suspected (and been denigrated as conspiracy theorists over) for a long time about that infamous campaign opposition research dossier filed with ridiculous and implausible smears against now-President Donald Trump.
We already knew it was the work of the Democrat-aligned dirt-digging firm Fusion GPS, but now we know who bankrolled a major share of that research: the Democrat National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, to conduct the research.
Fusion GPS hired dossier author Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community.
Elias and his law firm, Perkins Coie, retained the firm in April 2016 on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Prior to that agreement, Fusion GPS’s research into Trump was funded by a still unknown Republican client during the GOP primary.
The Clinton campaign and the DNC through the law firm continued to fund Fusion GPS’s research through the end of October 2016, days before Election Day.
Fusion GPS gave Steele’s reports and other research documents to Elias, the people familiar with the matter said. It is unclear how or how much of that information was shared with the campaign and DNC, and who in those organizations was aware of the roles of Fusion GPS and Steele. One person close to the matter said the campaign and the DNC weren’t informed of Fusion GPS’s role by the law firm.
The exact amount the DNC and Clinton campaign paid is not yet known, and naturally, Team Hillary, the DNC, Fusion GPS, and Elias are all declining to comment on these revelations at this time.
As TFPP has covered over the past few days, the House Intelligence Committee has been grilling Fusion GPS to come clean about who all was involved in this report’s creation, and Fusion has been stonewalling. President Trump has called on the FBI and Justice Department to “immediately release” who paid for it:
Officials behind the now discredited "Dossier" plead the Fifth. Justice Department and/or FBI should immediately release who paid for it.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 21, 2017
While one wonders why the head of the executive branch tweeted this request rather than direct his subordinates who run those very agencies to do so, WaPo’s report does prove Trump right and his detractors wrong about one aspect in particular:
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) October 24, 2017
It’s quite remarkable that this is coming from a dedicated Democrat propaganda platform at WaPo, and that the dishonesty of those who’ve been exposed is so egregious that even a New York Times reporter has to call the Dems out:
Folks involved in funding this lied about it, and with sanctimony, for a year https://t.co/vXKRV1wRJc
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) October 24, 2017
Ace (of the essential Ace of Spades HQ blog) makes a couple more crucial observations:
This is about the second client — who is now revealed to be Clinton and the DNC, which they’ve long denied, but which we’ve long suspected.
Meanwhile, Fusion is in court trying to defeat a congressional subpeona to find out who both of the clients paying them for this were […]
Note that we only have anonymous leaks claiming that last bit — that an unknown Republican originally paid for it.
But someone wishing to obscure the actual client would, of course, put out that kind of disinformation, anonymously.
Interesting that the National Laughingstock claims this as some kind of verified fact, when the whole point of the congressional subpeona is to find out if this anonymously sourced claim is actually true, or just a cover story […]
It begins to look like a Clinton-funded hatchet job formed the entire basis of the later DOJ/FBI probe accusing Trump of precisely what Clinton paid someone to accuse Trump of.
Do you think this will finally be enough for Republicans to get serious about both killing the Mueller fishing expedition and launching a serious investigation of those who actually tried to scam their way into power?