According to a new report in the New York Times, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta met with Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind the Trump dossier, just after it was published earlier this year.
Podesta testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee that he did not know who hired the research firm to produce the dossier, which BuzzFeed published on January 10th.
The dossier became the centerpiece of the marathon “Russia collusion” investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
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An associate of Podesta’s told The Times that he met with Glenn Simpson, the founding partner of Fusion GPS, to compare notes about Russia’s meddling in the election.
Podesta’s associate told The Times that Simpson was considering whether his firm should continue its investigation of Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.
It was reported last month that Perkins Coie, the law firm that represented the Clinton campaign and DNC, hired Fusion GPS in April 2016 to investigate Trump. Fusion hired former British spy Christopher Steele that June to investigate Trump’s activities in Russia.
Perkins Coie paid Fusion GPS just over $1 million for its work on the project. Fusion paid Steele $168,000.
Nobody on the Clinton campaign has come forward to acknowledge that they knew about the dossier project prior to the salacious report being published. Hillary Clinton herself has said she did not know of Fusion’s involvement until it was reported this January.
Campaign manager Robby Mook hinted in a recent interview that he was vaguely aware of an opposition research project and received briefings on some information about Trump.
But he said that he did not know of Fusion’s and Steele’s involvement.
Podesta testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee before it was publicly revealed that the Clinton campaign and DNC had hired Fusion GPS. In that interview, Podesta denied knowing anything about who paid for the investigation.
If Mueller is as honest as everyone in Washington says he is, when will he turn his investigation toward Clinton’s cronies?