The Washington Post has reported that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC helped fund research containing allegations about then-candidate Donald Trump connections to Russia and the Kremlin, notes James Freeman in the WSJ.
As early as last July, the WSJ’s Kimberley A. Strassel laid out a “remarkable resemblance” to the scenario now being reported:
Here’s a thought: What if it was the Democratic National Committee or Hillary Clinton’s campaign? What if that money flowed from a political entity on the left, to a private law firm, to Fusion, to a British spook, and then to Russian sources?
Last week, according to the Washington Post:
The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about President Trump’s connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, people familiar with the matter said.
Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, to conduct the research.
After that, Fusion GPS hired dossier author Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community, according to those people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
According to the New York Times the lawyer at Perkins Coie is at the center of the secret effort to smear Donald Trump. What if the Clinton campaign and the DNC did pay Perkins Coie more than $12 million during the 2016 presidential elections Campaign? As Mr. Freeman writes, “Even for such well-funded political operations as the Clintons and the DNC, that’s a lot of money. Certainly they expected a return on their investment.”