Senior White House correspondent Maggie Haberman and reporter Kenneth Vogel from the New York Times are coming down on Hillary Clinton‘s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC), saying they lied about funding for the so-called Trump dossier.
They are upset with Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias, Vogel tweeted, “When I tried to report this story, Clinton campaign lawyer @marceelias pushed back vigorously, saying ‘You (or your sources) are wrong.'”
In a late report on Tuesday, the Washington Post said that Elias’s legal firm hired Fusion GPS, a private research firm based in Washington, D.C., to provide opposition research on candidate Donald Trump.
Fusion GPS also hired former British MI6 intelligence officer Christopher Steele to lead research. It resulted in a 35-page document that included claims against the Trump campaign and its alleged ties to Russia. It was also accompanied by several scandalous accusations about the candidate himself.
The dossier was then publicized on numerous media outlets for months before being published by BuzzFeed last January.
Haberman tweeted, “Folks involved in funding this lied about it, and with sanctimony, for a year.”
The DNC in a statement late Tuesday attempted to distance its current leadership, including DNC Chairman Tom Perez, from the dossier funding.
DNC spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said, “Tom Perez and the new leadership of the DNC were not involved in any decision-making regarding Fusion GPS, nor were they aware that Perkins Coie was working with the organization. But let’s be clear, there is a serious federal investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, and the American public deserves to know what happened.”
President Trump to Twitter as well, tweeting, “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)?”
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