The conservative news outlet The Washington Free Beacon has admitted to being the original source of funding for the research the eventually led to the infamous Trump dossier that includes multiple claims regarding ties between President Trump and Russia.
The publication funded the project through the firm Fusion GPS, a connection the publication’s lawyers revealed for the first time to the House Intelligence Committee on Friday.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democrat National Committee picked up the funding of the dossier shortly after the Free Beacon stopped funding it in the spring of 2016.
The project until that point had focused on researching multiple Republican presidential candidates and was not looking at collusion with Russia,
According to the publication, the original project had initially focused on researching multiple Republican presidential candidates and was not looking at collusion with Russia.
Former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele also joined the project after the Free Beacon stopped funding the project.
“Representatives of the Free Beacon approached the House Intelligence Committee today and offered to answer what questions we can in their ongoing probe of Fusion GPS and the Steele dossier,” the publication’s Editor in Chief Matthew Continetti and Chairman Michael Goldfarb said in a statement. “The Free Beacon had no knowledge of or connection to the Steele dossier, did not pay for the dossier, and never had contact with, knowledge of, or provided payment for any work performed by Christopher Steele.”