CNN justice correspondent Evan Perez was called out by The Daily Caller for falsely telling his network’s viewers, on Tuesday, that anti-Trump Republicans first funded the infamous Trump-Russia dossier, much of which remains unverified.
Leading the network in its reporting on the Russian probe, Perez has been hyping the debunked dossier’s credibility, as he relies on unnamed sources, and while never mentioning his close, personal ties to Fusion GPS operatives.
Repeatedly described in Senate testimonies as a smear-for-hire operation that manufactures misleading or false media narratives for its clients, the truth about Fusion is coming out. Recently-filed court documents confirm Fusion GPS made payments to three journalists from June 2016 until February 2017.
The journalists’ names, the amounts, and purposes of those payments were either redacted from the documents that Fusion GPS filed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia or were not disclosed, according to the report, but it’s possible that Perez could be one of them.
Glenn Simpson, the Fusion co-founder most often associated with the dossier, is used to working on stories with Perez, the DC revealed, adding that the two used to work as reporters at The Wall Street Journal and regularly co-authored stories on national security.
Responding to a tweet from President Donald Trump in which he called the dossier a “pile of garbage,” Perez jumped to defend the outrageous document.
“Look, the fact is that the dossier was compiled as part of opposition research, first paid for by Republicans who were opposed to Donald Trump and then later on by Democrats and the Clinton camp, people associated with the Clinton campaign who wanted to try to bring him down,” Perez said.
Perez’ assertion that anti-Trump Republicans originally funded the dossier has been ruled “false” by fact-checkers.
Republican donor Paul Singer initially hired Fusion GPS through the Washington Free Beacon to conduct opposition research on Trump and other candidates during the 2016 Republican primary, but that research was unrelated to the dossier.
CNN has repeatedly misinformed its viewers about the dossier’s origins.
Perez’ error, on Tuesday, is at least the third time the network has falsely told its audience that Republicans originally funded the dossier. In the first video, Perez even went as far as to claim that the dossier is the reason for the Russian collusion accusations against Trump. In the second video (below), he appeared on another show and further suggested that the dossier hasn’t really been discredited and that it does, indeed, contain valuable information.
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