James Comey's 'coordination' testimony sheds new context on Clinton campaign's dossier funding

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee began paying Fusion GPS in April 2016 for research on Trump, an arrangement that later produced the Steele dossier.

"If there was enough Russia collusion evidence to warrant a special counsel for the president, there's far more now on the Clinton campaign's connection to a foreign spy ring that included Russians", said Michael Caputo, a former Trump campaign communications adviser. CNN said the target of the charges was unclear.

"The Dems are using this awful (and bad for our country) Witch Hunt for evil politics, but the R's are now fighting back like never before". While Schiff called Trump's pardon of Arpaio "a terrible precedent", he said the president's power is not unlimited and can't be used to obstruct justice.

In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Washington Monday obtained by the Law Newz website, Fusion's GPS's lawyer, Josh Levy, alleges that members of the committee had leaked information from the investigation. "There is so much GUILT by Democrats/Clinton, and now the facts are pouring out". On Tuesday, the Washington Post alleged that Elias retained research firm Fusion GPS in April 2016 to continue research into Trump's alleged coordination with Russian Federation; and which later became known as the Steele dossier.

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.

Fusion GPS, which hired Steele to gather information, was first employed to investigate Trump during the Republican primaries by the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative publication that receives financial support from billionaire GOP donor Paul Singer, according to two people familiar with Singer. "It's really important who the person being charged is", said Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor. Clinton and others working on her campaign have said that they didn't know anything about the dossier until the 35-page document was posted online by BuzzFeed in January.

The DNC paid the firm $3.6 million in "legal and compliance consulting" since November 2015 - though it's impossible to tell from the filings how much of that work was for other legal matters and how much of it related to Fusion GPS.

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Langer said Saturday that "the Beacon has agreed to cooperate with the House Intelligence Committee to help the Committee verify" that the outlet had no connection to Steele's dossier.

"They absolutely need to be recalled", the Maine Republican said on CBS's "Face the Nation". Sitting next to Podesta was his attorney Marc Elias, who worked for the law firm that brokered funding, CNN reported.

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.

Revelations about the funding of the research into Trump's business, which the House committee was hoping to reveal via subpoena, answered one of the biggest mysteries of the 2016 presidential campaign.

House Republicans investigating Obama-era uranium deal.

Congressional sources say Fusion GPS is an opposition-research group for Democrats though it claims to be a "research and strategic intelligence firm". The New York Times has not confirmed that charges have been approved.