Trump Tries To Protect His Failed Presidency By Railing Against Clinton Over Dossier Report
Donald Trump on Wednesday used a report that Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee funded part of the research for a dossier of allegations about his ties to Russia, as a means of attacking it, calling it a “fake dossier” and to call into question the credibility of the federal investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
Trump seized on the news to claim “the dossier is one of just several recent examples” of how his critics concocted “the whole Russia hoax.”
“I have to say, the whole Russian thing is what it’s turned out to be,” he told reporters at the White House. “This was the Democrats coming up with an excuse for losing an election.”
The Post reported Tuesday that both the Clinton campaign and the DNC helped fund the research contained in the dossier, which alleges coordination between members of Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia.
Former British spy Christopher Steele compiled the dossier for the opposition research firm Fusion GPS.
Former FBI director James Comey briefed Trump and former President Obama on the existence of the dossier. In February, U.S. Intelligence officials later corroborated some of the allegations in the document.
It is believed that the opposition research work was begun by one of Trump’s GOP opponents before being handed off to the Democrats.
Trump on Wednesday said he thinks he knows which Republican might have been behind it.
“They say it began with the Republicans,” Trump said. “I think I would know but I won’t say. It will be determined. It will be determined.”
Trump also claimed that the Clinton campaign paid nearly $6 million to the firm behind the controversial opposition research. However, his claim hasn’t been confirmed.
Trump has denied the allegations on the dossier and has called the Russian interference probes a “witch hunt”, despite confirmed reports that his campaign team met with Russian operatives during the election and lied about it.