Clinton camp helped fund Trump-Russia dossier research study

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Rick T. Wilking/Pool/ AP In this Oct. 9, 2016, file picture, Democratic governmental candidate Hillary Clinton, right, speaks as Republican governmental nominee Donald Trump listens throughout the 2nd governmental debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016.

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017|6:15 p.m.

WASHINGTON– Hillary Clinton’s presidential project and the Democratic National Committee assisted money political research into President Donald Trump that ultimately produced a dossier of claims about his ties to Russia, an individual familiar with the matter said Tuesday night.

The revelation is likely to sustain grievances by Trump that the dossier, which the president has actually derided as “fake things,” is a politically inspired collection of salacious claims. Yet the FBI has worked to corroborate the file, and in a sign of its continuous importance to investigators, unique counsel Robert Mueller’s group– which is penetrating potential coordination between Russia and the Trump project– weeks ago questioned the previous British spy who assisted compile the claims in the dossier.

The file, which circulated in Washington in 2015 and was committed the FBI for its evaluation, contends that Russia was taken part in a longstanding effort to help Trump and had actually accumulated compromising information about him. Trump has actually repeatedly dismissed the file as false and in recent days has actually questioned on Twitter whether Democrats or the FBI had actually helped money it.

The individual knowledgeable about the matter, who spoke on condition of privacy to go over private customer matters, stated the arrangement was brokered by Marc Elias, a legal representative for the project and the DNC, and his law office of Perkins Coie. The offer started around last spring, when the company was approached by Combination GPS, the political research company behind the file, and lasted into the fall, right before Election Day, according to the individual.

Elias did not immediately return an email seeking remark, and representatives of Blend GPS declined to comment. The Washington Post first reported the plan.

According to a letter acquired by the AP Tuesday night, representatives of Blend GPS reached out to the company to reveal interest in continuing research study on Trump it had begun “for several other clients during the Republican main contest.” The identity of that other customer has actually not been exposed.

Perkins Coie then engaged Blend GPS in April 2016 “to carry out a range of research study services throughout the 2016 election cycle,” according to the letter.

The letter was sent out Tuesday by the law office’s basic counsel to a legal representative for Combination GPS. It is meant to launch the research company from its customer privacy responsibilities.

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