Well, this is the last twist anyone saw coming.
This has been a very bad week for Democrat partisans, thanks to the Washington Post’s bombshell report confirming that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democrat National Committee put up a portion of the money for that infamous Fusion GPS dossier filled with salacious, unproven, and false dirt on Donald Trump.
However, the Dems weren’t the only people behind it, and the originators have remained a mystery. Until today.
The Washington Examiner reports that lawyers for the original organization to first fund the research, which was later abandoned and picked up by the Democrats, have come clean about their role to the House Intelligence Committee. And that organization is … the conservative news website Washington Free Beacon?
Another mystery solved. Less than an hour ago we finally learned who began funding of the Trump dossier here in Washington.
An amazing and maybe not surprising tale. First the avalanche of propaganda continues here. You can tell when the Democratic Party’s PR apparatus feels it has come up with the talking point. You’re hearing the exact same phrase from every cable news hack on television, including on this show. The latest is opposition research. That’s what Democrats are now calling the Trump dossier, that collection of unverified allegations that in some cases appears to have come straight from the Kremlin.
Last months the Democrats told us that was evidence of treason and grounds for impeachment. Now that it turns out Hillary and the DNC paid for it, it is being written off as opposition research.
Totally true, move along, nothing to see here, we’ve heard this story so many times. Right, not so fast.
The Trump dossier is far from opposition research.
It’s been the linchpin in a remarkable effort to overturn last year’s election results. Information in that dossier which looks very much like disinformation flowed from Russia to the Hillary Clinton campaign and the headquarters of the Democratic Party. It somehow made its way throughout the Obama Administration to the FBI and various other law enforcement agencies and intel agencies as well.
The Obama Administration used the dossier’s allegations to just identify spying efforts against American citizens, including Trump associates. In other words the entirely investigation into Russia and Russia collusion, the one that has stalled our government and changed our foreign policy, all of it grows from the now discredited Trump dossier.
It’s hardly just a piece of opposition research. It’s a history changing document. And apparently a fraudulent one.
There’s no wonder so many people are now lying about it. Maggie Habermann and Ken Vogel of The New York Times report that Democratic officials repeatedly lied to them for a year. Neither the Hillary Clinton nor DNC reported their payments to the firm as they were supposed to do by law.
Both Clinton and Podesta and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz told the Senate Intel community behind closed doors they had no idea who funded the dossier. They had no connection between them and who the Fusion GPS.
Not actual likely actually.
They paid more than $9 million to the law firm Perkins Cole for legal services and it seems likely that Fusion was receiving the lion’s share of that.
We can’t tell you exactly how much they were receiving, because Fusion GPS has resisted having their financial records let out. Were Wasserman-Schultz and Podesta so detached from the campaigns they were running in a presidential year they had no idea where millions of dollars went? That seems absurd.
Meanwhile, less than an hour ago, as we told you at the top of this, another great mystery has been solved.
The identity of the funder of the original Fusion GPS opposition research on the Trump campaign; we’ve known for a long time it was an anti-Trump Republican. Now, according to a report by the Washington Examiner’s Byron York, we know it was the Washington Free Beacon. That’s a website funded by hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer and founded in part by Bill Kristol. That’s where it all began.
And I think we can promise you not a single person in Washington is surprised by that.
Washington Free Beacon Editor Matthew Continetti and chairman Michael Goldfarb have issued a statement confirming this explosive revelation, and standing by their decisions:
[D]uring the 2016 election cycle we retained Fusion GPS to provide research on multiple candidates in the Republican presidential primary, just as we retained other firms to assist in our research into Hillary Clinton. All of the work that Fusion GPS provided to the Free Beacon was based on public sources, and none of the work product that the Free Beacon received appears in the Steele dossier. The Free Beacon had no knowledge of or connection to the Steele dossier, did not pay for the dossier, and never had contact with, knowledge of, or provided payment for any work performed by Christopher Steele. Nor did we have any knowledge of the relationship between Fusion GPS and the Democratic National Committee, Perkins Coie, and the Clinton campaign.
Representatives of the Free Beacon approached the House Intelligence Committee today and offered to answer what questions we can in their ongoing probe of Fusion GPS and the Steele dossier. But to be clear: We stand by our reporting, and we do not apologize for our methods. We consider it our duty to report verifiable information, not falsehoods or slander, and we believe that commitment has been well demonstrated by the quality of the journalism that we produce.
What do you think about the fact that the Washington Free Beacon was the organization that initiated the now infamous “Trump dossier?” Can the Free Beacon ever again be trusted given they failed to disclose this important fact until they got caught?
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