"To aid in its representation of the Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee, Perkins Coie retained Fusion GPS, entering into an engagement for research services that began in April 2016 and concluded before the election in early November", the source said.
Former spokesman for the Clinton campaign Brian Fallon added that he was also unaware of the hiring, and insisted that Trump deserved to be under investigation. Such arguments are now going to run wild, probably via much encouragement by the Tweeter-in-Chief, who speculated just the other day that "Russia, FBI or the Dems" may have paid for the "discredited and Fake Dossier".
In August, ABC News reported that the same private research firm, Fusion GPS, was paid during the heated Republican primaries by wealthy Republicans and then later worked for Democrats, all of whom wanted to dig up dirt on Trump and plant negative news stories, according to political operatives.
The revelation is likely to fuel complaints by Trump that the dossier, which the president has derided as "phony stuff", is a politically motivated collection of salacious claims.
The identity of that campaign hasn't been confirmed, but Trump suggested on Wednesday he might know it.
Buzzfeed News later published the 35-page document.
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. Investigators working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller have reportedly interviewed Steele in Europe.
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When his photos come on the TV screen or I see them in the newspapers I am incredibly proud of him and what he accomplished. Special Forces - or Green Berets - killed in Niger when they were attacked October 4 by militants tied to the Islamic State.
Every campaign does opposition research.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI chief, is in the midst of a months-long probe of Trump campaign links to Moscow and whether Trump obstructed justice when he fired another FBI director, James Comey, who was heading the agency's Russian Federation investigation before Mueller took over. Trump has rejected the notion of any campaign collusion with Russian Federation.
Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, which is probing Russia's election role, have done so as well.
Over objections from Democrats, the Republican leader of House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (Calif.), subpoenaed Fusion GPS's bank records in order to try to identify the mystery client. The California Republican delegated authority on the Russian Federation matter to Republican Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas.
The deadline for TD Bank to respond to the subpoena was Wednesday, October 25, but the court extended the deadline to Friday morning, according to CNN. Consider what Steele would write in the memos he filed with Simpson: Source A-to use the careful nomenclature of his dossier-was "a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure".
Former FBI director James Comey briefed Trump and former President Obama on the existence of the dossier and told a Congressional panel that none of the allegations have been verified. And you know, people shouldn't lose sight of the fact that as far back as February of this year, Don, CNN reported and others have subsequently reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bob Mueller's team have corroborated many key aspects of the dossier.