The Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC helped fund the research resulting in the infamous “Trump dossier.”
The dossier, first published by BuzzFeed in January, contained all sorts of allegations against Trump, including material tying him to Russia. Many of the claims in the dossier have been verified and many others are awaiting investigation.
As reported by The Washington Post, the DNC and the Clinton campaign hired research firm Fusion GPS to find dirt on then-candidate President Trump. Attorney Mark Elias was hired to oversee the project and former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele was hired to write the dossier. As would be expected, many Republicans cheered and used this news to claim the dossier is completely invalid. Apparently ignoring the fact Fusion GPS was originally hired by an unknown Republican during the GOP primary. Meaning Hillary's campaign simply took over the ongoing investigation.
Steele’s research documents were given to Elias, but it is unclear how much information was shared with the DNC and the Clinton campaign and who was aware of the roles of Fusion and Steele. Elias and Fusion have declined to comment on the arrangement.
Trump and his supporters used this news to further attack "fake news" and Hillary Clinton. Now I don't personally believe the dossier was written up as a scheme to get Donald Trump, but for fun, let's say it was. Although the dossier is a rather incriminating document, it is not the best or even the most sensational piece of evidence supporting the Trump/Russia collaboration. (I mean hello did we not all see the email to Trump Jr.??!). Let's be honest, with or without that dossier, Trump has got some splainin' to do!
Clinton and the DNC's involvement with the dossier is a “very sad commentary on politics in this country," said Trump on Wednesday. "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."
“There is, presumably, a reason Democrats haven’t copped to funding the dossier,” reports the Post. “First among those reasons is paying a foreigner for opposition research for an American political campaign.”
This could be troublesome given the Dems’ argument about Trump working with Russia.
Steele’s dossier contains information allegedly obtained from “a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure and a former top-level Russian intelligence officer still active inside the Kremlin.” In other words, team Clinton and the DNC were paying a Brit for information obtained from the Russian government.
What is more likely is the DNC knew research funded by them or Clinton would be immediately dismissed by many despite being conducted by a respected third party. In order, to fuel interest in the dossier they denied any involvement. However, this does not excuse their behavior. In fact, lying only makes them look guilty and gives fuel for Trump's attacks on the Russia investigation. Come on Hillary we all know liars never win.