After news broke Tuesday night that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped pay for research that resulted in the now-infamous anti-Trump dossier, all eyes turned to the next accomplice: Obama’s FBI.
The Washington Post revealed that 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.
Elias and his law firm, Perkins Coie, retained the company in April 2016 on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Before that agreement, Fusion GPS’s research into Trump was funded by an unknown Republican client during the GOP primary.
The Clinton campaign and the DNC, through the law firm, continued to fund Fusion GPS’s research through the end of October 2016, days before Election Day.
Fusion GPS gave Steele’s reports and other research documents to Elias, the people familiar with the matter said. It is unclear how or how much of that information was shared with the campaign and the DNC and who in those organizations was aware of the roles of Fusion GPS and Steele. One person close to the matter said the campaign and the DNC were not informed by the law firm of Fusion GPS’s role.
So we knew the Clinton campaign was involved. Nobody’s shocked, really, right?
But, as Fox’s Byron York reports, the questions that emerge next are much harder to answer.
Back in February, we learned that Steele met with FBI officials and, after telling them what he was up to, they agreed to continue to “pay him to do his work.”