Senate to examine financial records of firm behind notorious Trump-Russia dossier


Susan Collins said Sunday that the Senate intelligence committee should bring senior Democratic Party operatives back for testimony after revelations about the party paying intelligence firm Fusion GPS for opposition research on Donald Trump a year ago.

"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.

That definition - "coordination" - would seem to make the Democrats ripe for special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate, ex-Trump aides say. Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS to conduct the research, according to the report.

The dossier forms part of their investigation into allegations that members of Trump's team colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

'There is so much GUILT by Democrats/Clinton, and now the facts are pouring out.

Some of that research became the now-infamous dossier of allegations about the now-President and Russian Federation.

And in an almost-Halloween-themed tweet, Trump claimed that the investigation only focused on collusion allegations between Trump and Russian Federation because Democrats were using "this awful (and bad for our country) Witch Hunt for evil politics".

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.

All the new investigations address longstanding Trump grievances.

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During the 2016 Republican primaries, the conservative Washington Free Beacon paid the Washington, D.C., firm Fusion GPS to investigate Trump's background and, eventually, his business ties to Russia, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Fusion then hired British intelligence officer Christopher Steele to unearth Trump's skeletons.

Trump issued four tweets over 24 minutes, attacking the Mueller probe as unfair and citing various Clinton controversies that he said warranted investigation.

"I would look for a couple of things: one, whether or not Donald Trump has some reaction and talks in a way that could be used against him in the future, because Bob Mueller would do that", Bharara said.

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.

Trump also charged in a Twitter note last week that former FBI Director James Comey had exonerated Clinton long before the bureau's investigation of her had been completed.

Mr. Comey told the House Intelligence Committed that his agents were investigating "whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts".

Her remarks were prompted by new revelations linking the file to the Democratic Party and the Clinton campaign, Collins, who is a member of the Senate's Intelligence Committee, was emphatic that Hillary Clinton's election campaign manager, John Podesta, and the former head of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Debbie Wasserman Schultz, "absolutely need to be recalled". But the State Department has only one seat on the panel that approved the transaction, and the New York Times has reported that Clinton did not participate in the decision.