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Election campaign vets reveal exactly why Hillary had to know about funding Trump dossier

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As news this week broke about the role of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC funding the infamous Steele Dossier on President Trump, denials by Clinton about the document’s existence raised many eyebrows.

Former campaign spokesman Brian Fallon told CNN that Clinton “may have known, but the degree of exactly what she knew is beyond my knowledge.”

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A bombshell Washington Post report this week revealed that the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid opposition-research firm Fusion GPS to commission the dossier which contained unverified claims about the Trump campaign and ties to Russia.

But denials came from the Clinton camp and even former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz who said she was also “not aware” of anything related to the research project, despite the fact that the campaign and the DNC paid millions to fund it.

“Public FEC filings show that the Clinton campaign and the DNC paid Perkins Coie a combined $12.4 million. What in God’s name was this money for?” two election campaign veterans asked in a New York Post column published Friday.

Former president of New York City Council, Andrew Stein, and Doug Schoen, who served as a political adviser and pollster for President Bill Clinton, wrote that the denials from Clinton and the DNC that they were aware of what was going on “strains credulity.”

“One of us served as a campaign strategist and advisor for as many as four decades, and the other served as an elected official for 25 years,” they explained, noting how their background leads them to questions the claims by Clinton’s camp.

“With more than 380 payments from the Clinton campaign and the DNC being made to Perkins Coie, it is seemingly impossible that the candidate herself would not have direct knowledge of the purpose of those payments or any earmarks being made, especially those for Fusion GPS,” Stein and Schoen argued.

“Again, we have both operated in campaign settings of this nature before as strategists and as candidates, and for this significant amount of money, the candidate would fully understand its use and must authorize its purpose,” they wrote.

Stein and Schoen called on investigations to expose the truth as elected officials must be “publicly accountable for their actions.”

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