Clinton, DNC lawyer helped fund Trump-Russia dossier research

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund the opposition research that produced a controversial dossier on President Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, The Associated Press and The Washington Post reported Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. The research firm Fusion GPS started compiling the dossier for a Republican client during the primaries, and in March 2016 it contacted Perkins Coie, a law firm representing Clinton’s campaign and the DNC, about picking up the financing. Fusion GPS hired former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, who reported that Russia was trying to help Trump win and had compiled potentially damaging dirt on him. Trump has called the dossier “phony stuff,” and claimed it was just part of a political smear campaign.

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