Hillary Clinton says the whole Uranium One thing “was debunked” and is “nothing to worry about” but now she has another big problem to cope with. Both The Hillary for America campaign and the Democratic National Committee are under a brand new investigation. The Federal Election Commission is demanding answers about how she illegally covered up the fact that her campaign bought and paid for the phony Russia collusion dossier.
A complaint filed Wednesday by the Campaign Legal Center alleges top Democrats intentionally hid the purchase of the outrageously bizarre and obscene allegations.
“Describing payments for opposition research as ‘legal services’ is entirely misleading and subverts the reporting requirements.” CLC’s Brendan Fischer notes, “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.”
“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.” explains Adav Noti, a senior director at CLC and also a former official of the FEC.
Marc Elias, a lawyer who represented both the Clinton campaign and the DNC, funded Fusion GPS to investigate Mr. Trump in April 2016. Fusion GPS then recruited former British spy Christopher Steele to dig up some Russian dirt on Trump.
The FEC complaint asserts, “the purpose of at least some portion of the payments to Perkins Coie was not for legal services; instead, those payments were intended to fund opposition research. This false reporting clearly failed the Commission’s requirements for disclosing the purpose of a disbursement.”
The Clinton campaign wrote 37 checks totaling $5.5 million listed as “legal services.” The DNC, under Debbie Wasserman Schultz, made a total of 345 payments adding up to another $6.5 million to Perkins Coie. The DNC cash was designated, “legal and compliance consulting, administrative fees, and data services subscription.” The money kept flowing from Clinton and the DNC right up to the election.
The file that Steele put together first hit the headlines in January when CNN reported a synopsis of the data had been shared with top officials including Obama, members of Congress, and Trump. It also is believed to be the core of the witch hunt being prosecuted by Special Counsel Robert Meuller and a concurrent FBI investigation into unsubstantiated claims of Trump and Russia teaming up to fix the election.
Included in the file are things that would make a National Enquirer reporter salivate. Vague and unsubstantiated reports and rumors suggest Trump had encounters with Russian hookers and bribed Russians to make real estate deals. Some of those claims have already been ruled out with hard evidence. All it took was a look at Trump’s passport to destroy the dossier’s accusation Trump had a secret meeting with Russian officials in Prague.
As more is learned about the matter, insiders say it looks a lot more likely that the Kremlin was playing Steele for a fool in order to play one side against the other, a standard Russian tactic. According to Steele, Trump’s Russian contacts included, “a senior Russian Foreign ministry figure, a former top-level Russian intelligence officer still active inside the Kremlin, a senior Russian financial official, and a senior Kremlin official.” If any one of them was caught sharing secrets, it would be good for at least 12 years in prison. Steele had no official status so could offer his sources no protection.
On the other hand, if the Kremlin was aware Clinton was behind Steele, they would have a huge interest in acting cooperative. “All these people had an excellent reason to talk, and especially to provide nonsensical information.” Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s press secretary, was one of the officials listed. “Not just anyone in Russia’s intelligence community, he was the keeper of a top-secret file on Trump. It was always obvious from the Steele reports that his sources were having fun spinning tall tales for him since he wasn’t required to verify them and vouch for their accuracy. That’s the nature of raw intelligence,” one expert writes.
These latest charges don’t carry any jail time for a penalty but Clinton, the campaign, and the DNC are all looking at fines which could be increased if the FEC finds they were “intentionally misled.” The biggest thing that will come out of this is that the Democrats will have a much harder time trying to pin collusion on Trump. According to former Whitehouse press secretary, Ari Fleischer, “Kremlin gave info to Christopher Steele. His oppo-research was paid for by the Clinton campaign. If that’s not collusion, what is?”
Kremlin gave info to Christopher Steele. His oppo-research was paid for by the Clinton campaign. If that's not collusion, what is?
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) October 25, 2017