Could those “Lock her up!” chants fervently sang by Trump supporters come to fruition?
After the explosive report that the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign were involved in funding and dispersing the debunked Trump dossier, legal action is underway.
Catherine Herridge: Clinton hiring of law firm for dossier may have been in violation of FEC laws.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) October 25, 2017
Clinton and her camp had denied knowing anything about the origins of the salacious dossier that was designed to discredit then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.
In Clinton’s book “What Happened” she discusses the dossier as if a “well-respected” spy had come up with the salacious details on his own.
In the summer of 2016, according to the Washington Post, the FBI convinced a special Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that there was probable cause to believe that Trump advisor Carter Page was acting as a Russian agent, and they received a warrant to monitor his communications. The FBI also began investigating a dossier prepared by a well-respected former British spy that contained explosive and salacious allegations about compromising information the Russians had on Trump. The Intelligence Community took the dossier seriously enough that it briefed both President Obama and President Elect Trump on its contents before the inauguration.
Since the Clinton campaign has admitted to funding the dossier her statement is either one of ignorance, or a flat-out lie.
It turns out, not only did the Clinton camp know it wasn’t a “well-respected” spy who put the details of the dossier together, but it was Clinton’s campaign that paid $9.2 million for “research” and lawyer fees to pump out the fake news.
And now it’s time to pay the piper.
According to the Campaign Legal Center, the Clinton campaign may have broken the law for not disclosing the purpose and recipient of payments for the dossier that was concocted to prove collusion between Trump and Russia. The actions by the Clinton camp suggest a cover-up to hide payments from public scrutiny, an act against federal law, the CLC reported.
“By filing misleading reports, the DNC and Clinton campaign undermined the vital public information role of campaign disclosures,” Adav Noti, senior director, trial litigation and strategy at CLC said. “Voters need campaign disclosure laws to be enforced so they can hold candidates accountable for how they raise and spend money. The FEC must investigate this apparent violation and take appropriate action.”
“Questions about who paid for this dossier are the subject of intense public interest, and this is precisely the information that FEC reports are supposed to provide,” Brendan Fischer, director, federal and FEC reform at CLC said.
“Payments by a campaign or party committee to an opposition research firm are legal, as long as those payments are accurately disclosed. But describing payments for opposition research as ‘legal services’ is entirely misleading and subverts the reporting requirements,” he added.
It’s safe to assume, Clinton will claim ignorance over the charge, but her former spokesman, Brian Fallon didn’t exactly defend her when he was asked whether she had knowledge of the payments.
“I’m sure that there’s a small group of [Clinton] folks that were aware, but it was kept, for reasons that I can understand, to a very select group,” he said.
He went on to say that Clinton “may have known, but the degree of exactly what she knew is beyond my knowledge.”
Perhaps, but as Callum Borchers of the Washington Post points out, ignorance is a lame excuse.
“Fallon might be right,” Borchers writes, “but ignorance is a pretty weak excuse here. At minimum, some people within the campaign were aware of funding the dossier, yet the campaign allowed spokesmen and the candidate herself to make public statements that were misleading by omission.”
There is also a flurry of suspicion surrounding certain members of the intelligence community and their possible roles in “investigating” and dispersing the dossier.
Christopher Steele was the British spy, who had ties to Moscow and compiled the bogus dossier “information” for the opposition-research firm Fusion GPS.
Axios political reporter Johnathan Swan picked out a “remarkable detail” in a report that states the FBI paid Steele to continue to compile information on possible Trump and Russia collusion after the election — and after the dossier was debunked.
Not only does it look like it was Democrats and the Clinton campaign who were colluding with Russia (and not Trump, as the mainstream media cried for a year) but it’s worth asking if top U.S. Intel officials were in on it as well.
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