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Trump dossier research triggered by website with GOP ties

30 October 2017

"Never seen such Republican ANGER & UNITY as I have concerning the lack of investigation on Clinton made Fake Dossier. the Uranium to Russian Federation deal, the 33,000 plus deleted Emails, the Comey fix and so much more", Trump wrote.

The Washington Free Beacon has long hired research firms to dig up dirt on figures such as Trump and Clinton, the paper said.

On Sunday morning, President Donald Trump expressed frustration that his campaign is under investigation over possible ties to Russia's plot to influence the 2016 election but that his former opponent Hillary Clinton is not facing the same level of scrutiny.

According to court filings in a libel suit against Mr. Steele, the ex-spy said he got specific instructions from Fusion GPS to dig up coordination between Trump people and Russian Federation. On Friday, representatives of The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website, informed the committee that it first hired Fusion GPS during the 2016 Republican presidential primary to conduct opposition research on Trump and several GOP presidential candidates.

"Obviously, he was not at liberty to confirm Perkins Coie as the client at that point, and should perhaps have "no commented" more artfully", Dunn wrote in an email.

It's unclear how much the Clinton campaign and DNC paid for the information.

They do list a total of $12.4 million in payments to Perkins Coie, but that's nearly entirely for legal consulting, with only one payment - of $66,500 - for "research consulting" from the DNC.

This may be news to Trump and his supporters, but it's standard practice for standard practice opposition research to be paid for by the opposition.

Graham M. Wilson, a partner at Perkins Coie, called the complaint "patently baseless", in part because, he said, the research was done "to support the provision of legal services, and payments made by vendors to sub-vendors are not required to be disclosed in circumstances like this".

Rubio denied any knowledge of the Fusion research or the dossier this week.

"I'm interested in that ... laundering money through a law firm", Gowdy said.

The president was likewise resuscitating unproved charges that Mrs. Clinton was a piece of a compensation in which the Clinton Foundation got gifts in return for her help as secretary of state for a business bargain that gave Russian Federation control over an extensive offer of uranium generation in the United States. The dossier contained claims about associations between Mr. Trump, his partners and Russian Federation.

When it comes to the "Uranium to Russian Federation deal" that Trump referenced in his tweet, House and Senate Republican leaders have already announced two investigations into decisions made during the Obama administration, when Clinton was secretary of state, involving a uranium deal that increased Russia's share of the USA nuclear market. The Center for American Freedom was organized as a 501 (c) 4 and did not reveal its donors, but Singer was the sole funder of the site as recently as 2014, according to a Republican political veteran familiar with the site.

Multiple congressional committees have undertaken their own investigations into Russian meddling in the elections, following up on the conclusion of US intelligence agencies that Moscow sought to sway the contest in favor of Trump - an idea that he has frequently dismissed as a hoax. It's likely that, even before that announcement, the Democrats had been planning to use the Russian angle against Trump.

Not only did the assistant FBI director not know about the investigation into Russian officials, neither did the Republican Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, at the time, Rep. Mike Rogers.

Kenneth Vogel is a reporter The New York Times Washington bureau.

Trump dossier research triggered by website with GOP ties