Hillary Clinton defended funding the research leading to the Trump dossier, saying it was simply “opposition research” that wasn’t public knowledge at the time.
Speaking in an interview with “The Daily Show’s” Trevor Noah, Clinton noted the research was started by a Republican donor during the primary and was offered to her camp upon Trump’s nomination victory.
Speaking about the dossier, Clinton said: “It was research that started by a Republican donor during the primary, and then when Trump got the nomination for the Republican Party, the people doing it came to my campaign lawyer [Marc Elias] and said, “would you like us to continue it?”
“He said yes. He’s an experienced lawyer, he knows what the law is, he knows what opposition research is.”
“From my perspective, it didn’t come out before the election, as we all know, and what also didn’t come out, which I think is an even bigger problem… is that the American people didn’t even know that the FBI was investigating the Trump campaign because of connections with Russia starting in the summer of 2016.”
“I know that voters should have had that information. That’s something that may have influenced some people. And it’s part of what happens in a campaign, where you get information that may or may not be useful and you try to make sure anything you put out into the public arena is accurate.”
Clinton’s presidential campaign and the DNC is accused of using legal firm Perkins Coie as a pass-through to Fusion GPS, the firm which hired ex-British spy Christopher Steele to compile the dossier.
The Washington Free Beacon, which is funded in part by billionaire Paul Singer, allegedly started funding the dossier back in 2015, before Clinton and the DNC took over later.
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