Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) helped fund the research resulting in the infamous dossier containing allegations of possible coordination between the Trump Campaign and the Kremlin, according to a Washington Post report.
Marc Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington political consulting firm to conduct the research. The dossier’s author Christopher Steele, was commissioned by the firm to conduct the investigation according to reports.
The Elias Law firm, Perkins Coie, retained Fusion GPS in April 2016 as proxy for the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Fusion GPS’s research into Trump before the Clinton investigation was funded by an unknown Republican donor during the GOP primary.
Fusion GPS’s research was reportedly funded through the end of October 2016 by the Clinton campaign and the DNC, ending just days before the election.
Fusion GPS delivered reports to Christopher Steele and other research documents to Elias according to officials familiar with the investigation. It is unknown how much of that information was shared with the Clinton’s campaign and the DNC.
A source close to the matter said those organizations were aware of the roles of Fusion GPS and the dossier’s author Christopher Steele, but not informed by the law firm of Fusion GPS’s role.
The dossier has become somewhat of a thorn in the side of President Trump, his camp and some key Republicans—amid the intensifying investigations into the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia. Some congressional Republican leaders have spent considerable time trying to determine the identity of the Democrat(s), organizations, or entities funding the dossier.
Former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele compiled the dossier on President Trump’s alleged ties to Russia. (Victoria Jones/AP)
Explosive information in the dossier points to allegations of extensive ties between President Trump and Russia, though the dossier’s contents are unverified; the allegations in the dossier have culminated into three separate investigations citing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The president has publicly condemned the Russian investigation—calling the allegations in the dossier false and every Russia story or investigation a hoax—made up by the Democrats to undermine his presidency.
The report comes on the heels of President Trump urging the Justice Department “and/or” the Federal Bureau of Investigation to “immediately” release any information on who funded the investigation. Trump tweeted as recently as Saturday that the Justice Department and FBI should “immediately release who paid for it.”
Former spokesman for the Clinton campaign, Brian Fallon, gave no indication of being aware of the firm’s hiring during the campaign.
“The first I learned of Christopher Steele or saw any dossier was after the election,” Fallon said. “But if I had gotten handed it last fall, I would have had no problem passing it along and urging reporters to look into it. Opposition research happens on every campaign, and here you had probably the most shadowy guy ever running for president, and the FBI certainly has seen fit to look into it. I probably would have volunteered to go to Europe myself to try and verify if it would have helped get more of this out there before the election.”
A DNC spokeswoman said “Chairman 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.”
Details included in a Tuesday letter sent by Perkins Coie to a lawyer representing Fusion GPS, informed council its firm was released from a client-confidentiality obligation. The legal fight over a subpoena for Fusion GPS’s bank records prompted the letter.
The dollar amounts paid to Fusion GPS according to sources involved in the investigation were not disclosed, what’s clear from reports is the Clinton campaign and the DNC shared the cost.
Christopher Steele, former British Intelligence Officer [M16], who worked for Russia, compiled and prepared the reports in the controversial dossier for Fusion GPS.
Allegations in the dossier center on the Russian government’s role in collecting compromising information about Trump to include details about the Kremlin’s effort to assist his campaign for president.
U.S. intelligence agencies released a public assessment in January, 2017—asserting that as the 2016 presidential campaign progressed, Russian government officials intervened and devoted increasing attention to assisting Trump’s effort to win the election.
An ongoing investigation by three congressional bodies—the House and Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee are underway. The panels are concerned with whether Russia coordinated its efforts with President Donald Trump’s campaign. The probes are separate from the related investigation that Department of Justice special counsel Robert Mueller is overseeing.
Officials close to the investigation have said the FBI has confirmed some of the information in the dossier. Other details, such as the most explosive and controversial allegations, have not been verified.
President Trump from the onset has condemned the dossier and has adamantly denied the allegations—dismissing them and the FBI probe as a witch hunt.
The Clinton campaign paid Perkins Coie $5.6 million in legal fees from June 2015 to December 2016, according to campaign finance records. The DNC paid the firm $3.6 million in “legal and compliance consulting” since November 2015—though it’s difficult to ascertain from the filings how much of the work was for other legal matters and how much of it related to Fusion GPS.
At no point, according to sources connected with the investigation, did the Clinton campaign or the DNC direct Steele’s activities. Steele was described as a Fusion GPS subcontractor.
Some of Steele’s allegations in the controversial dossier began circulating throughout Washington in the summer of 2016 as the FBI launched its counterintelligence investigation into possible connections between Trump associates and the Kremlin. During that time, Steele shared significant aspects of his findings with the FBI.
The FBI agreed to pay Steele to continue gathering intelligence about Trump and Russia after the election. After Steele was publicly identified in news reports, the bureau red-lighted the investigation.
The infamous dossier was published by BuzzFeed News in January. Fusion GPS denied giving BuzzFeed documents according to testimony in court filings.
Steele is respected by the FBI and the State Department for earlier work he performed on a global corruption probe and highly revered by current and former US intelligence officials.
In early January, then-FBI Director James Comey presented a two-page summary of Steele’s dossier to President Barack Obama and President-elect Trump. In May, Trump fired Comey, which led to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel investigating the Trump-Russia matter.
Congressional Republicans made several attempts to force Fusion GPS to identify the Democrat(s) or entities behind Steele’s work, the firm refused to divulge information, citing confidentiality agreements with its clients.
Fusion GPS executives invoked their constitutional right not to answer questions from the House Intelligence Committee on last week. The firm’s founder, Glenn Simpson, had previously given a 10-hour interview to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., center, standing with Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., left, and Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., right, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
The Republican leader of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Devin Nunes, (CA), subpoenaed Fusion GPS’s bank records to determine the mystery client, over the objections from Democrats.
A judge on Tuesday extended a deadline for Fusion GPS’s bank to respond to the subpoena until Friday while the company attempts to negotiate a resolution with Nunes.
LeNora Millen 10-25-17
Freedom Is A Choice! “I am grabbing God’s coattail and letting Him lead”
Freedom has a deeper meaning for those like Omar Howard. Just a little over a decade ago he was released, seemingly free from the restraints of prison. Yet, walking out of the doors he had no clue he would be entering into the harsh prison of life that follows those like him who have a record. That record makes it hard for them to have the basic level of freedom that most of us who have never been down that road take for granted. Howard is like multiple men and women who are released from jail with a plan to change but have to fight the “system”. Howard describes his “beginning” as working endless opportunities just to make ends meet and being told “no” repeatedly. It would have been easy for Howard to just go back to the life of crime. Why wouldn’t he? Why didn’t he? His response, “You have to make a conscious decision to change every day. Life is about choices, every choice leads to a destination and you have to believe God is in control”. This thought process and his tenacity led him to his current place and receiving his pardon January 2018, just a month after celebrating his ten year release.
Howard was 15 when he dropped out of school and started down a path to destruction. Hard robbery was the crime that would ultimately change his life and leave him with no choice but to accept a plea deal that resulted in an 18 year sentence from a “hit” that left a man being killed. Howard maintains his innocence in the murder and has apologized to the family for the part that he played. Although he doesn’t blame his childhood for his choices, he does state that it’s important that parent’s play an essential part in the lives of the children that you bring into this world. “Parental intimacy is important, create structure for your kids and let them know how much you love them. Fathers, be a part of your children’s lives or they will embrace their counterparts for support. Be transparent and talk to your kids about real issues.”
When asked, What would you say to your younger self? Howard responds, “Establish a relationship with God. Embrace the process, strive harder and KNOW THAT YOU HAVE A PURPOSE.” The same thoughts he now shares with the youth that are involved with his foundation “Freedom is a Choice, Inc., a mentoring program for at-risk teens. It is evident that Howard is a changed man, as a Chaplain at the Atlanta Transitional Center in midtown, he speaks hope to those who are where he once was. He is a featured speaker in the documentary “Released” When Does the Sentence End?” and most recently shared his story on Iyanla Vanzat’s “Fix My Life” show. He is a man of action and on a mission to keep as many young men from walking in his shoes by exposing them to better. He is a sought after motivational speaker and hopes to extend his program to have one of the largest faith-based youth centers very soon. It is nothing short of amazing, but his ability to serve and give makes him a blessing.
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Is This Life?
Media headlines are displaying disaster all over the world with no resolve. From children being killed in innocent shootouts because of the flaws in gun laws to sexual abuse cases on the rise. Our government has gone haywire and currently dominating the spotlight while, deadly diseases and mental illnesses are being minimized. Is this life? Is this what life is becoming? Every morning we wake up to the sound of breaking news and headlines that make us cringe. Positive stories and encouraging words have become harder to find. When asking others, “How do you deal with the negative energy every day?” Some reply, “I don’t. I don’t watch the news, or I don’t listen to it.” My reply is usually this, “It isn’t just on the news. It’s walking or sitting right beside you and sometimes it’s even in your household. There are people suffering every day because of the things we don’t do, don’t want to see, or simply don’t want to get involved in.” We have been conditioned to not get in anyone else’s business unless it affects us personally. Look around you, open your eyes. It’s now affecting us all and we must do something. This is a call for action. It’s time we all unselfishly take part in rebuilding our communities. Make it your business to do something intentional every day in an effort to make a change in your community and begin to push everyone including yourself out of the comfort of just accepting what is. We are losing innocent lives every day to drug abuse, domestic violence, hunger, contaminated water and the list of disasters that are happening right under our nose increase, every second, every minute and every hour of every day.
You may be wondering what you can do to promote positive change in your community, here is a start:
- Volunteer at shelters-Everyone has something they can provide-share your expertise. Help by donating your goods and knowledge.
- Volunteer at schools-Teachers need more mentors and positive role models. We all have a story, share your experience and give a child a blueprint to a better life.
- Spend quality time with your kids and your family- We get so caught up in life that we forget to nourish what we have already been blessed with. Take time to water the seeds you planted.
- Contact your political partners and work with them on change for your community. What do you see in your area that would be an easy fix to reduce crime or poverty. Make a plan and Expose it!
There are so many things that we can do to change the direction of this world but WE must work together for the good and it doesn’t matter what religion, race or sex you are-we all have something in common. We want the best for our families.
Post and share your thoughts on what you can do to expose and improve your community. Hashtag#exposuremagazine #isthislife
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Despite the unceremonious ending to last season in the NLCS, the Cubs have been in a better place these past several seasons than they have been in a long while. The signing of Darvish to say the least is a very good insurance policy to sustain this run.
With names like Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks, Darvish will complete the rotation for one of the most talented group of pitchers in baseball. However this move seems to nudge Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta who is currently a free agent to the door. Arrieta had an up and down season with flashes of greatness, but ultimately didn’t make the best case to remain with the ball club.
Darvish brings a 2.4 ERA against National League Central opponents as well as his all-time MLB leading 11 strikeouts per nine innings ratio to the Cubs which makes this the pickup many other teams are coveting right now. The Cubs begin spring training in a week and can begin integrating Darvish then in preparation for the upcoming season.
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