The private research firm behind a dossier that included incendiary allegations about President Trump revealed in a statement Wednesday that it paid $168,000 for a former British spy’s work assembling the documents.
According to a report by Reuters, opposition research firm Fusion GPS told Congress that it paid former MI6 officer Christopher Steele’s company, Orbis Business Intelligence, $168,000 in 2016.
The money from Fusion GPS came from $1.02 million it had received from the Perkins Coie law firm, which represented the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE’s presidential campaign.
The Washington Post first reported last week that Clinton’s campaign and the DNC funded the dossier.
The transaction passed through Democratic lawyer Marc Elias of Perkins Coie. Elias contracted the work out to Fusion GPS, which had the connection to Steele.
While none of the principals have denied that the Clinton campaign and DNC funded the dossier through payments to Perkins Coie, everyone involved is claiming they did not know about the project.
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BuzzFeed News published the dossier in January. Other media outlets declined to publish the report because it contained unverified material.