Fusion GPS Paid Ex-MI6 Brit for Fake Dossier Information
Fusion GPS, a Washington, DC research firm paid a former British spy’s company $168,000 for work on a dossier outlining Russian financial and personal links to Donald Trump’s 2016 Election Campaign, it said in a statement Wednesday.
Although it was public knowledge that Fusion GPS paid for the work, the amount had not been disclosed. Fusion GPS hired Ex-MI6 officer Christopher Steele to collect information about Trump and his advisers.
Fusion GPS’ statement said it told Congress about how $168,000 was paid last year to Orbis Business Intelligence, Mr. Steele’s company.
The money paid to Orbis was taken from $1.2-M it received in fees and expenses from DNC’s lawfirm Perkins Coie, the statement said.
Perkins Coie represented the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and certain interest of Barack Hussein Obama including FOA. The firm may have made the payments in an effort to circumvent or avoid election laws.
The initial research by Fusion GPS into Donald Trump and other Republican primary candidates was commissioned by the conservative group, The Washington Free Beacon, the internet media organ of billionaire GOP anti-Trumper Paul Singer.
Mr. Steele’s reports are central to investigations by a special counsel and congressional committees into US intelligence agency allegations that Russia tried to help Donald Trump’s campaign.
Russia has denied the allegations.
President Trump denies any collusion with Moscow officials, calling the probes a “witch hunt”.
In a 29 October Tweet, President Trump said the dossier had cost as much as $12-M.
“Never seen such Republican ANGER & UNITY as I have concerning the lack of investigation on Clinton made Fake Dossier (now $12,000,000?),….” President Trump Tweeted.
Sources familiar with Mr. Steele’s work said he began working for Fusion GPS in May 2016 and stopped at the election.
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