The infamous dossier on Trump’s alleged links with the Kremlin surfaces again.
The US President tweeted: “Workers of firm involved with the discredited and Fake Dossier take the 5th. Who paid for it, Russia, the FBI or the Dems (or all)?”
Mr. Trump’s statement comes after Peter Fritsch and Thomas Catan -Fusion GPS bosses (GPS is the firm where the dossier was produced) refused to answer questions on Wednesday in a private meeting with the House Intelligence Agency.
They appealed to the Fifth Amendment rights, saying they would only cooperate with “serious” investigations that strike a balance between “Congress’s right to information and our client’s privileges and legal obligations”.
Fusion GPS’s client is Christopher Steele and a client to the GPS compiled a report that made claims of Russian financial and personal links to Donald Trump’s campaign and associates.
The FBI was in charge of the inquiries into the dossier.
A special counsel led by former FBI director Robert Mueller took over the investigation on whether Russia tried to influence the 2016 US election. This compiled document of about 35 pages made unconfirmed allegations about Mr. Trump and some of his campaign staff who have been in contact with Russia officials. Part of this document is also compromising material of the president. The president has denied all the accusations.
Originally Fusion GPS have been hired by Republican opponents in September of 2015 and were joined by Mr. Steele eight months later.
After the victory in July 2016, Democrats took over and began paying Mr. Steele and Fusion GPS to investigate the billionaire’s undertakings.
The president is now making inquiries whether a federal law enforcement agency in coordination with a foreign power and his domestic political adversaries paid for a dossier on his ties to Russia.
“Who paid for it, Russia, the FBI or the Dems (or all)?”
Some of the dossier’s findings have been confirmed. Steele who met with Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller has given the FBI the identities of his sources so they can try to verify more. And as you might have noticed, all the talk about who funded the project proves nothing about whether what it found is accurate.