5 questions for top Democrats around the Russia dossier

Oct. 30, 2017

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee 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 by 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 they had no knowledge of who financed the dossier.

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2

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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3

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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4

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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5

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 law 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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