Clinton campaign, DNC, FBI paid for Trump dossier

Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped pay for research that led to the'golden showers dossier on Donald Trump

It was compiled by Steele and focused on connections between Trump and Russian operatives, including claims of Trump campaign officials and surrogates sharing information with the Russian government.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that revelations that Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee partly funded the creation of a research dossier against him "a very sad commentary on politics in this country".

The newspaper, citing people familiar with the matter, said a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC hired Fusion GPS, which in turn hired former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, whose research makes up the document. Buzzfeed defended publishing the salacious dossier by saying it was in the public interest, and that readers could decided for themselves if it had any validity.

After the election, the FBI agreed to pay Steele to continue gathering intelligence about Trump and Russian Federation, but the bureau pulled out of the arrangement after Steele was publicly identified in news reports.

The Post story does not allege that the Clinton campaign or the DNC had any contact with Steele, or knowledge of what he was working on, though it does suggest these Democrats wanted dirt on Trump and Russians if some was available.

Trump has long claimed that the ongoing congressional and criminal investigations of his campaign's links to Russian Federation are a "witch hunt" being used by Democratic officials as an explanation for his upset win over Clinton, a former US secretary of state.

Attorneys for the political consulting firm behind the infamous Trump-Russia dossier accused a Republican lawmaker of abusing his power to punish the president's political enemies.

The committee subpoenaed Fusion's bank records in an effort to learn who paid for the research.

It is not known how much of that money went to pay for the Trump research, and how much was for other legal services. The Post report indicates that's when Mr. Elias got involved. Trump has rejected the notion of any campaign collusion with Russian Federation.

If true, the report partly confirms a tweet posted by Trump last week that was considered an outrageous allegation at the time.

What was Hillary Clinton's involvement with the Trump dossier? "Who paid for it, Russia, the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Dems (or all)?". The findings were then submitted to Elias through Fusion GPS.

Earlier Tuesday, Fusion GPS lawyer William Taylor issued a statement that Congress' request was overly broad and that it was "designed to punish President Trump's political foes while chilling future investigative research into his actions".

"The point here is that it is deeply irresponsible for a president of the United States to even flirt with this sort of conspiracy talk", CNN's Chris Cillizza wrote.

Wednesday morning Trump tweeted what he says is a quote from Fox News, that he is a "victim" of the dossier, which is nonsense.

The Kremlin campaign included hacking the DNC's computer systems, releasing pilfered communications to WikiLeaks to publish them, and a sophisticated overt propaganda and disinformation campaign.

The DNC is the nationwide governing body of the Democratic Party.

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