U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a Republican member of the Intelligence Committee, said Democrats should be called again to testify about reports which their party along with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign paid for parts of a dossier which detailed accusations about President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.
The Washington Post reported last week which Marc Elias, a lawyer for 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Clinton, used campaign funds to hire Fusion GPS, the firm behind the dossier. Committees in both chambers of Congress have been investigating the origin along with contents of the document.
John Podesta, who was Clinton’s campaign chairman, along with U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was the head of the Democratic National Committee at the time, as well as Elias “absolutely need to be recalled” to testify,” Collins said in an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“the idea’s difficult to imagine which a campaign chairman, which the head of the DNC would certainly not know of an expenditure of This kind of magnitude along with significance,” Collins said. “however perhaps there’s something more going on here. however certainly, the idea’s worth additional questioning of those two witnesses. along with the lawyer; absolutely, he more than anyone.”
the idea has been widely reported which supporters of Republican Jeb Bush, a primary opponent of Trump, initially paid for the firm’s research. Perkins Coie, Elias’ law firm, confirmed on Tuesday which the idea had hired Fusion GPS in April 2016.
The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative online publication backed by billionaire Republican megadonor Paul Singer, said on Friday the idea was the original funder of the Fusion GPS project to compile opposition research on multiple Republican presidential candidates, including Trump.
Known as the Steele dossier because the idea was compiled by former MI6 officer Christopher Steele, the document identified Russian businessmen along with others who U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded are Russian intelligence officers or working on behalf of the Russian government.
Representative Trey Gowdy, a Republican who runs the House Oversight Committee, said in an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” which he was more interested in whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Department of Justice used the dossier in conducting their own probes.
“I don’t expect the (Democratic National Committee) to be objective,” Gowdy said. “Almost by definition, opposition research will be not objective.
“The next thing which House Intel will be trying to find out will be whether or not the U.S. government relied on the idea.”