While speaking Monday at an event hosted by conservative think tank organization, the Hudson Institute, Republican Senator Tom Cotton (Ark.) who is also a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was asked if he has seen anything to help him determine how credible the “Trump dossier” is.
The dossier, put forth by an opposition research firm, Fusion GPS, contained allegations that members of the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government in order to help him win the presidential election, along with other outlandish and unconfirmed claims.
Two officials with Fusion GPS recently clammed up and pleaded the fifth amendment in order to keep from answering questions about who is behind the 35-page document. Fusion is also trying to block a subpoena which is demanding its bank records, in an attempt to learn who is behind the document.
President Trump sent out a Twitter post on Saturday, challenging the Justice Department and the FBI who “immediately release who paid for it.”
Cotten said Monday that the very fact Fusion is trying to protect the identity of its client “makes me think it was a Democratic political operative or Russian intelligence service” who hired them.
“I think you can’t give any credibility to it at this point, certainly not until we answer those questions, nor have I seen any reason to do so,” Cotton said.
“Likewise, I don’t think we know anything who about the sources for this document are,” Cotton said, adding, “So for all our knowledge, we’re dealing with sources and sub-sources whose identities we don’t know, and for that matter who were being paid to provide salacious information, or if they are officers of Russian intelligence who were tasked to provide that information,” Cotton said.
“I think you can’t give any credibility to it at this point,” he concluded, effectively admitting that the dossier which was a key focal point of the entire “Russian collusion” investigation against the Trump campaign, is entirely without merit.
President Trump has said all along that the entire dossier is a “complete hoax.”
Watch video clip of his full statement below:
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