from the Daily Mail:
Fusion GPS, the Washington-based research firm, then hired former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele to dig up the unconfirmed dirt on Trump.
Clinton’s lawyer and his law firm Perkins Coie continued to fund the research until October 2016 – just days before the presidential election.
The research was previously funded by an unknown anti-Trump Republican donor during the primary, but Clinton’s campaign then paid for it to be finished.
Sources would not confirm how much was paid to Fusion GPS, but said the campaign and DNC shared the cost.
Steele’s findings and research were then submitted to Elias via Fusion GPS, the Post reports. It is not clear what information, or how much of it, was provided to Clinton’s campaign. It also isn’t clear which people within Clinton’s campaign and the DNC knew of Steel and Fusion GPS.
The research resulted in the now infamous dossier that came up with the discredited claims about Trump. The dossier has become a focus of congressional probes into Russian interference in last year’s election.
Trump tweeted on Saturday that the FBI and Justice Department should ‘immediately release who paid for it’ after Fusion GPS co-founder Peter Fritsch and partner Thomas Catan last week invoked the US Constitution’s Fifth Amendment, which protects Americans against self-incrimination.
The two men had been subpoenaed to appear in a closed-door session before the House Intelligence Committee but refused to speak at every turn.
Committee chair Rep. Devin Nunes has been trying to determine who paid Fusion GPS for the opposition research that formed the basis of the dossier.
‘Officials behind the now discredited ‘Dossier’ plead the Fifth. Justice Department and/or FBI should immediately release who paid for it,’ Trump tweeted.
Trump had also speculated on Twitter last week that the dossier may have been funded by Democratic officials.
‘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)?’ Trump said last Thursday.
Fusion GPS, Elias and spokesmen for Clinton’s campaign and the DNC would not comment