Former President Barack Obama’s campaign organization, Obama For America, made nearly a million dollars in payments to the same law firm that paid Fusion GPS to produce the infamous dossier on President Donald Trump.
The Federalist reported that based on Federal Election Commission filings, the payments to the law firm Perkins Coie began in April 2016, the same month the Democrat National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign retained the firm to hire Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on then-candidate Trump.
Fusion GPS turned around and hired former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele to compile the Trump dossier.
None of the claims in the dossier have been verified, and some have been refuted.
“Lawyers for Steele admitted in court filings last April that his work was not verified and wasnever meant to be made public,” according to The Federalist.
Obama For America paid nearly $800,000 in “legal services” to Perkins Coie in 2016, with the first payments made on April 25-26, 2016. As of August 22, 2107, OFA paid $174,725 to the firm this year.
The New York Times reported the firm was also paid $12.4 million to represent the Clinton campaign and the DNC during the 2016 election cycle.
Trump tweeted about the revelation of the OFA payments to the law firm.
Report out that Obama Campaign paid $972,000 to Fusion GPS. The firm also got $12,400,000 (really?) from DNC. Nobody knows who OK'd!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 30, 2017
Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, pointed out on “Fox News Sunday” that a vital question that must be answered is whether the Obama administration relied in whole or in part on the partisan Trump dossier to justify unmasking Trump campaign members and associates and to launch its investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia.
“I am interested in who paid for the dossier because that helps you understand motive and intent and whether or not you can rely on the document,” the South Carolina Republican said. “I’m much more interested in whether or not the Department of Justice and the FBI relied upon that dossier in initiating a counter-intelligence investigation or in court filings.”
Host Chris Wallace also asked Gowdy what he thought the significance was of the revelation that the Democrats paid for the dossier.
“One of the areas of significance is just how hard the Democrats in Congress fought Republicans for trying to gain access to this information,” Gowdy said. “If it were up to (Rep.) Adam Schiff (ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee) and other Democrats, who of course want all the facts to come out, all the facts of Russia to come up, except who financed the dossier.”
According to The Federalist, House investigators struck a deal last week regarding getting access to Fusion GPS’s bank records.
The complaint alleges that both the Clinton campaign and the DNC failed to filed accurate reports in violation of federal law.
Specifically, it states, “the DNC and Hillary for American reported dozens of payments totaling millions of dollars to the law firm Perkins Coie with the purpose described as ‘Legal Services’ or ‘Legal and Compliance Consulting,’ when in reality, at least some of those payments were earmarked for the firm Fusion GPS, with the purpose of conducting opposition research on Donald Trump.”
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