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James Comey's 'coordination' testimony sheds new context on Clinton campaign's dossier funding

James Comey's 'coordination' testimony sheds new context on Clinton campaign's dossier funding

What is known now that was not known in March: The Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid for an opposition research operation against candidate Trump that relied nearly exclusively on paid Kremlin sources and Russian spies during the 2016 election.

"For a long time we've heard about the ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, for which there is no evidence, and - lo and behold - despite serious Democrat opposition we have uncovered that the DNC was working with Russian actors to try to besmirch Donald Trump's reputation", he said.

Fusion GPS was later hired by an attorney representing the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, it was revealed this week.

President Trump has consistently denied collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation, and calls the investigation a "witch hunt".

The Free Beacon said it "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".

In the WaPo report, research into Trump started under a GOP client during the primary, before the Democrats got involved.

But the statement clears up the mystery of who first funded the opposition research. According to the Washington Post, Fusion GPS was first retained by Perkins Coie on behalf of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in April of 2016.

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US President Donald Trump slammed former President Barack Hussein Obama's campaign, citing a report that it paid almost $1-M to a law firm linked to the company behind the controversial and unverified dossier alleging connections between Donald Trump and Moscow.

"The real Russian Federation scandal?"

Trump said on Twitter Friday: "It is now commonly agreed, after many months of COSTLY looking, that there was NO collusion between Russian Federation and Trump".

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who is also a member of the House Intelligence Committee, on "Fox News Sunday" said he was "interested in who paid for the dossier".

We may be about to find out, as Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist and current Breitbart News executive chairman, is now reportedly on a mission to destroy Singer, who runs $34 billion fund Elliott Management, according to Axios. "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", The Free Beacon said.

Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, questions FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers during a hearing into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election, on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 20.

Mr. Comey told the House Intelligence Committed that his agents were investigating "whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts".