House panel says firm behind Trump dossier will disclose its bank records

Posted October 31, 2017

President Donald Trump on Sunday expressed frustration that his campaign is under investigation over possible ties to Russia's plot to influence the 2016 election but that his former opponent Hillary Clinton is not facing the same level of scrutiny.

'Never seen such Republican ANGER & UNITY as I have concerning the lack of investigation on Clinton made Fake Dossier (now $12,000,000?) the Uranium to Russian Federation deal, plus 33,000 plus deleted Emails, the Comey fix and so much more, ' Trump began.

In a closed-door hearing with Senate Judiciary Committee investigators, Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson said there was no connection between the firm's work on the dossier and its legal research on a lawsuit involving Russians who attended a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., his son-in-law and close aide, Jared Kushner, and former campaign chief Paul Manafort, sources familiar with the hearing said. "There is so much GUILT by Democrats/Clinton, and now the facts are pouring out".

The House Intelligence Committee and research firm Fusion GPS have reached a confidential agreement regarding the panel's subpoena of the firm's bank records, following new revelations about the origins of the controversial dossier of unverified allegations against President Trump produced by the organization.

In tweets to his more than 40 million followers, Trump offered a litany of accusations against Clinton and seemed to praise Republicans for starting new congressional investigations.

Trump also tweeted Sunday about Clinton's involvement in what he called the "Uranium to Russian Federation deal", demanding that the matter receive greater scrutiny.

The Clinton campaign and the DNC may have violated campaign finance laws in funding the Russian Federation dossier, according to an FEC complaint filed on October 25 by Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan nonprofit on election laws.

"We ought to instead focus on the outrage that the Russians meddled in our elections", said Portman, who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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He added that if he "were to guess" who instigated the investigation, "I have one name in mind" - but declined to say who he was thinking of.

On Friday, representatives of The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website, informed the committee that it first hired Fusion GPS during the 2016 Republican presidential primary to conduct opposition research on Trump and several GOP presidential candidates.

The committee is probing the 2016 dossier, which was compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele after being contracted by Washington firm Fusion GPS.

Rep. Adam Schiff, Calif., the ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said Sunday that "a lot" of the information in the dossier has been corroborated.

Trump also charged in a Twitter note last week that former FBI Director James Comey had exonerated Clinton long before the bureau's investigation of her had been completed.

A law firm that represented the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped to fund the research for the dossier, a source confirmed to NBC News on Tuesday.

The Republican leaders of the House intelligence and oversight committees on Tuesday announced another new probe, this one into an Obama-era deal in which a Russian company bought a Canadian firm that owned some 20 percent of USA uranium supplies.

Information for this article was contributed by Jenna Johnson of The Washington Post; by Julie Hirschfeld Davis of The New York Times; by Alan Levin, Ben Brody Mark Niquette and Margaret Talev of Bloomberg News; and by staff members of The Associated Press.