Trump 'sex dossier' firm backed by conservative website
- Author: Joey Payne Oct 31, 2017,
Oct 31, 2017, 0:45
Republican Sen. Susan Collins said Sunday the Senate Intelligence Committee must ask concerned Democrats to re-testify after the new revelation that the "Russia dossier", which alleged President Donald Trump's connections to Russian Federation, was partly funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
He said on Twitter Sunday that the "facts are pouring out" about links to Russian Federation by his former presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton.
For example, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, has voiced concerns the the FBI might have started its investigation into Trump and Russian Federation using this opposition research, tainting it from the start.
"There is so much GUILT by Democrats/Clinton", Trump alleged, "and now the facts are pouring out".
The announcement came a day after a federal judge had given an unnamed bank more time to respond to the congressional panel's subpoena to Fusion GPS, the research outfit that hired a former British spy to compile a dossier on presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said late on Tuesday on Twitter that the Justice Department should appoint a special counsel to investigate the uranium deal.
The Washington Post was first to report news of the Clinton campaign and the DNC's involvement with Fusion GPS.
Trump issued four tweets over 24 minutes, attacking the Mueller probe as unfair and citing various Clinton controversies that he said warranted investigation.
The president was also reviving allegations that Clinton was part of a quid pro quo in which the Clinton Foundation received donations in exchange for her support as secretary of state for a business deal that gave Russian Federation control over a large share of uranium production in the United States.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Oversight Committee, came to Mueller's defense and said that he doesn't agree with Republicans who are calling for Mueller to resign or stop his investigation.
According to the statement, Free Beacon representatives told the House Intelligence Committee Friday they would answer questions about the "ongoing probe of Fusion GPS and the Steele dossier".
Republican Susan Collins of ME, a Senate Intelligence Committee member, said Clinton's campaign chairman and the former Democratic Party head need to explain what they knew about the dossier.
When it comes to the "Uranium to Russian Federation deal" that Trump referenced in his tweet, House and Senate Republican leaders have already announced two investigations into decisions made during the Barack Obama administration, when Clinton was secretary of state, involving a uranium deal that increased Russia's share of the US nuclear market.
When then-FBI Director James B. Comey explained to Congress last March the scope of his investigation into Donald Trump aides and Russian Federation, his words would also fit the Hillary Clinton campaign today.
Collins said Elias should also be questioned.
The research effort expanded in March 2016 under financing from Democrats.
Earlier this week, CNN reported that the law firm that represented Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee hired the firm and entered "into an engagement for research services that began in April 2016 and concluded before the election in early November". The New York Times has not confirmed that charges have been approved.