5 questions for top Democrats around the Russia dossier

Oct. 30, 2017

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC helped fund research last year for a controversial dossier.

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The file contained unsubstantiated claims about Donald Trump’s past activities in Russia. Much of the dossier has been independently verified.

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A law firm, representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, financed Fusion GPS, a firm in Washington, to conduct the research into Trump.

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Here are five questions that need to be answered for former Clinton and DNC staffers…

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1) Did John Podesta and Debbie Wasserman Schultz lie to Congress?

According to CNN, both top Democrats told congressional investigators earlier this year they had no knowledge of who financed the dossier. 

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What was the role of Podesta’s attorney?

Podesta’s lawyer, Marc Elias, sat next to him during his Capitol Hill testimony when Podesta said he did not have a role in paying for the dossier.

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Who exactly was paid to finance the dossier?

According to the 'Washington Post,' Clinton's campaign paid $5.6 million to the firm which retained Fusion GPS, and the DNC paid $3.6 million.

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How will Congress respond?

A House and Senate controlled by Republicans almost guarantees a full-blown inquiry into who in Democratic circles knew what about funding the dossier.

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Did the Clinton campaign have to disclose payments for the dossier?

A complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission accused Clinton’s campaign of violating campaign finance laws by not reporting payment for the dossier.

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There are lots of loose ends for top Clinton Democrats to tie up. And Republicans will likely pursue every avenue available to make this a public investigation.

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