Fusion GPS met with Russian lawyer who offered ‘dirt’ on Hillary Clinton to the Trump campaign

The firm behind the infamous and unverified Trump dossier appears to have had rather close ties to Russian officials.

Fusion GPS’s co-founder allegedly met with a Russian lawyer before and after a 2016 meeting she had with Donald Trump Jr., according to a report from Fox News.

The opposition research firm preparing the dossier to discredit then-candidate Donald Trump had its financing for that research funded by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, it was revealed last week.

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According to Fox News:

The June 2016 Trump Tower meeting involving Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya occurred during a critical period. At that time, Fox News has learned that bank records show Fusion GPS was paid by a law firm for work on behalf of a Kremlin-linked oligarch while paying a former British spy Christopher Steele to dig up dirt on Trump through his Russian contacts.

But hours before the Trump Tower meeting on June 9, 2016, Fusion co-founder and ex-Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson was with Veselnitskaya in a Manhattan federal courtroom, a confidential source told Fox News. Court records reviewed by Fox News, email correspondence and published reports corroborate the pair’s presence together. The source told Fox News they also were together after the Trump Tower meeting.

Fusion GPS and Simpson were reportedly hired by BakerHostetler which, through Veselnitskaya, represented the Russian firm Prevezon. It was not clear if Simpson acknowledged his contact with Veselnitskaya during his more than 10-hour interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee in August.

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Following a request by the House Intelligence Committee for additional records, Fusion GPS sought a new restraining order over the weekend as the panel attempted to investigate if the firm was paying reporters or media outlets to plant anti-Trump stories.

“What we are finding out is that there is a lot of Russian influence in Washington, and a lot of money flowing in to influence our political process in Washington,” Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen said.

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