Report: Clinton campaign, DNC helped fund research leading to Trump dossier

    Christopher Steele, former British intelligence officer in London Tuesday March 7, 2017 where he has spoken to the media for the first time . Steele who compiled an explosive and unproven dossier on President Donald Trump’s purported activities in Russia has returned to work. Christopher Steele said Tuesday he is “really pleased” to be back at work in London after a prolonged period out of public view. He went into hiding in January. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

    Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Convention contributed money to the research that led to the dossier of allegations against President Donald Trump and his business and political ties to Russia, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

    Citing "people familiar with the matter," the report said that a lawyer representing both parties -- Marc E. Elias -- hired a firm, Fusion GPS, through his law firm, Perkins Coie, in April 2016.

    Fusion GPS then went on to hire former British intelligence officer Christopher Stelle, who authored the dossier; a collection of reports on how the Kremlin actively assisted the Trump campaign.

    The Clinton campaign and DNC funded his efforts until October 2016.

    According to the report, it is unclear how much of the dossier was shared with the campaign and the DNC.

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