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Dossier on Trump-Russia Connections Funded by Clinton Campaign, DNC

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A now-famous dossier that has become a lightening rod in the midst of the investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign was funded in part by the Democratic National Convention and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

The Washington Post reports that Marc Elias, a lawyer for the Clinton campaign and the DNC, hired Washington-based firm Fusion GPS to conduct the research. 

Fusion then hired Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with a history of working for the U.S. intelligence community, to investigate the Trump-Russia connection and write the dossier.

Elias and his law firm, Perkins Coie, worked with Fusion GPS from April until days before the presidential election.

President Suggest Dems, FBI or Kremlin May Have Bank Rolled Salacious Dossier

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The salacious dossier that paints President Donald Trump in a less than favorable light continues to haunt the commander-in-chief, who has done everything to try and discredit it.

The latest: On Thursday Trump suggested  the Democratic Party, the FBI or the Kremlin could have bankrolled the report, that has yet to be substantiated by anyone in Washington, Politico reports.

“Workers of firm involved with the discredited and Fake Dossier take the 5th. Who paid for it, Russia, the FBI or the Dems (or all)?” Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday. He did not offer any evidence to support his suggestion that Russia, the FBI or the Democratic Party funded the dossier.

Two officials from the firm behind the dossier, Fusion GPS, appeared before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, but answered no questions, and instead invoking their fifth amendment rights against self-incrimination, Bloomberg reports.

House Intelligence Committee Threatens FBI, AG with Contempt over Russia Dossier

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The House Intelligence Committee is trying to force the FBI and attorney general to provide information on how the bureau has used a salacious dossier while investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The FBI and attorney general have been threatened with contempt if they don’t testify before the committee later this week, The Hill reports

Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., issued a subpoena for information on the dossier that was compiled by former spy, Christopher Steele. Neither the FBI nor the Attorney General’s Office has responded by the Sept. 1 deadline.

Democrats are accusing Nunes of a partisan effort to undercut the basis of the FBI investigation.

House Intelligence Committee Subpoenas FBI, DOJ for Dossier Documents

Donald TrumpBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The House Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed the Justice Department and FBI for records related to the salacious, unverified dossier on President Trump.

Neither agency turned over the records by the Sept. 1 deadline, prompting the committee to issue two more subpoenas to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to explain why the records weren’t disclosed, the Washington Examiner reports

“We got nothing,” said committee member Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who is taking a leading role in the Russia investigation. “The witnesses have not been produced and the documents have not been produced.”

Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., said during an appearance on MSNBC that Republicans are trying to “discredit” the author of the dossier “rather than looking into how many of the allegations he wrote were true.”

“What we should be most concerned about is whether those sources of the information in the report are true, not in discrediting the author of that report,” Schiff said.

The FBI said it needs more time to determine whether disclosing the documents will interfere with the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller.

British Spy Behind Salacious Trump Dossier Met with FBI, Provided Named Sources

Donald TrumpBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The British spy behind the salacious and unsubstantiated dossier about Donald Trump’s ties to Russia met with the FBI and provided names of his sources.

Former M16 agent Christopher Steele, who wrote a 35-page report, claiming Kremlin officials had blackmailed Trump as part of a their plot to interfere with the presidential election, ABC News reports

Lawmakers also want to interview Steele, and they could compel him to talk.

It wasn’t immediately clear what other information Steele provided the FBI.

Judicial Watch Suing to Get Info on Relationship Between FBI and Ex-British Spy Who Compiled Trump Dossier

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group, wants information about the relationship between the FBI and former British spy Christopher Steele, who helped compiled a dossier alleging that Trump advisers colluded with the Russian government and that Trump met up with Russian prostitutes, according to the Daily Caller.

A lawsuit seeks all records of communications between FBI officials and Steele, who runs the London-based consulting firm, Orbis Business Intelligence.

The organization also wants records of any discussions of payments from the FBI to Steele for his work compiling the dossier, which consists of 17 memos.

FBI Paid Dossier Author for Some Expenses As Part of Trump-Russia Investigation

spy graphicBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The former British intelligence operative who created the dossier about allegations of Donald Trump’s ties to Russia was reimbursed by the FBI for some expenses.

The arrangement ended when Christopher Steele, the former M16 spy, said he didn’t believe the FBI was doing enough to examine the ties between Russia and Trump’s campaign, CNN reports. 

Although the FBI didn’t hire Steele as an informant, an arrangement was made to pay for some expenses.

When the FBI received Steele’s dossier last summer, the bureau managed to confirm some details.

Steele worked for the FBI in the past sand helped uncover information about the bureaus investigation of FIFA corruption.

FBI Takes Salacious Trump Dossier More Seriously As New Details Emerge

white house big photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI investigation into the 35-page dossier about Donald Trump may be gaining legitimacy with the FBI after new details came to light.

The dossier, which Trump has described as fiction, contains serious allegations about misconduct by Trump and his campaign.

Investigators have corroborated some details in the salacious dossier and are now taking the issue more seriously, the Christian Science Monitor reports. 

The Monitor wrote:

On Saturday, anonymous sources told CBS News that law enforcement officials had begun to take the dossier more seriously as the investigation continues, even among some of the more skeptical law enforcement officials involved with the investigation. The day before, CNN released a report that said “multiple current and former US law enforcement and intelligence officials” had corroborated some of the communications associated with the dossier.

According to CNN, the corroboration relates to certain conversations between Russian officials and other Russian individuals described in the dossier. Investigators found that at least some of these conversations actually took place “on the same days and from the same locations as detailed in the dossier.” The content of these conversations, however, may not have actually contained any reference to Trump.