It’s official: the Dems paid for the Trump-Russia dossier

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It's official: the Dems paid for the Trump-Russia dossier

And the WaPo’s anony­mous sources say so: Fusion GPS was paid by Marc E. Elias, a lawyer act­ing on behalf of the Hillary Clin­ton cam­paign and the Demo­c­ra­tic National Committee,

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.

How much? It’s unclear how much money went to Fusion GPS directly, but accord­ing to cam­paign records, the Hillary cam­paign paid Elias’s firm $5.6million legal fees from June 2015 to Decem­ber 2016, while the Post states that the DNC paid Perkins Coie $3.6million in ‘legal and com­pli­ance con­sult­ing.’ Roughly $9 mil­lion. Under cam­paign rules, I assume that the amounts can be verified.

Accord­ing to the post, there were three sources of funding.

The unknown first client:
The Post’s anony­mous sources claim that (empha­sis added)

Prior to that agree­ment, Fusion GPS’s research into Trump was funded by a still unknown Repub­li­can client dur­ing the GOP pri­mary.

IF the first client actu­ally exists (and I’m not the only skep­tic) it’ll be inter­est­ing to find out who the Repub­li­can (or not?) was, and why (s)he stopped fund­ing it. Was there “no there, there “? Were they out­bid by the Dems?

The sec­ond: Hillary/​DNC,
Either way,

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.

Aaron Blake notes that Steele was only funded by Democ­rats.

The third: The FBI, who appar­ently offered, but didn’t, pay
The Daily Mail reports that After the elec­tion the FBI agreed to pay Steele to con­tinue gath­er­ing intel­li­gence, but they reneged when he was iden­ti­fied. Paul Miren­goff explains,

The agree­ment report­edly was reached before the elec­tion. If Clin­ton won, as the par­ties to the agree­ment prob­a­bly expected, the FBI would take over finan­cial respon­si­bil­ity for the appa­ra­tus she was fund­ing in order to dis­credit her polit­i­cal oppo­nent, even after he was defeated. If Trump won, the FBI would take over finan­cial respon­si­bil­ity for try­ing to dis­credit the president-​elect.

My doubts:
Ace wants to know who the first client is, as Fusion fights a con­gres­sional sub­poena to avoid dis­clos­ing that information,

But the first remains hid­den — and if Fusion pre­vails in court, it will remain hid­den.

Some­one really doesn’t want Fusion to be com­pelled to open up its books and client list.

As I said above, IF the first client really exists, it may not be a Repub­li­can , because,

some­one wish­ing to obscure the actual client would, of course, put out that kind of dis­in­for­ma­tion, anonymously.

Be that as it may, while both sides paid Fusion GPS, Steele was only funded by Democ­rats, and Fusion GPS had the Krem­lin as a client for … wait for it … a smear cam­paign against Russ­ian whistle­blower Sergei Mag­nist­sky.

When asked about the orig­i­nal Rus­sia col­lu­sion story, Hillary’s talk­ing point/​bromide — repeated by her min­ions on cable news inter­views — is “it’s been debunked.”

This is a huge story, undoubt­edly. We’ll see what kind of cov­er­age it gets from the same reporters Hillary lied to, and what Con­gress does about it.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog

And the WaPo‘s anonymous sources say so:  Fusion GPS was paid by Marc E. Elias, a lawyer acting on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee,

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.

How much? It’s unclear how much money went to Fusion GPS directly, but according to campaign records, the Hillary campaign paid Elias’s firm $5.6million legal fees from June 2015 to December 2016, while the Post states that the DNC paid Perkins Coie $3.6million in ‘legal and compliance consulting.’ Roughly $9 million. Under campaign rules, I assume that the amounts can be verified.

According to the post, there were three sources of funding.

The unknown first client:
The Post’s anonymous sources claim that (emphasis added)

Prior to that agreement, Fusion GPS’s research into Trump was funded by a still unknown Republican client  during the GOP primary.

IF the first client actually exists (and I’m not the only skeptic) it’ll be interesting to find out who the Republican (or not?) was, and why (s)he stopped funding it. Was there “no there, there “? Were they outbid by the Dems?

The second: Hillary/DNC,
Either way,

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.

Aaron Blake notes that Steele was only funded by Democrats.

The third: The FBI, who apparently offered, but didn’t, pay
The Daily Mail reports that After the election the FBI agreed to pay Steele to continue gathering intelligence, but they reneged when he was identified. Paul Mirengoff explains,

The agreement reportedly was reached before the election. If Clinton won, as the parties to the agreement probably expected, the FBI would take over financial responsibility for the apparatus she was funding in order to discredit her political opponent, even after he was defeated. If Trump won, the FBI would take over financial responsibility for trying to discredit the president-elect.

My doubts:
Ace wants to know who the first client is, as Fusion fights a congressional subpoena to avoid disclosing that information,

But the first remains hidden — and if Fusion prevails in court, it will remain hidden.
. . .
Someone really doesn’t want Fusion to be compelled to open up its books and client list.

As I said above, IF the first client really exists, it may not be a Republican , because,

someone wishing to obscure the actual client would, of course, put out that kind of disinformation, anonymously.

Be that as it may,  while both sides paid Fusion GPS, Steele was only funded by Democrats, and Fusion GPS had the Kremlin as a client for . . . wait for it . . . a smear campaign against Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnistsky.

When asked about the original Russia collusion story, Hillary’s talking point/bromide – repeated by her minions on cable news interviews – is “it’s been debunked.”

This is a huge story, undoubtedly. We’ll see what kind of coverage it gets from the same reporters Hillary lied to, and what Congress does about it.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog