Trump suggests the Federal Bureau of Investigation may have 'paid for' dossier alleging Russian Federation ties

Jenna Warner
October 22, 2017

He took to Twitter to say, "Workers of firm involved with the discredited and Fake Dossier take the 5th". "Justice Department and/or Federal Bureau of Investigation should immediately release who paid for it!".

The Wednesday appearance by Fritsch and Catan before committee staff and a single member, Republican Tom Rooney of Florida, was compelled, said Levy, even though he had informed the panel in writing they would be invoking their Fifth Amendment rights.

The dossier, first released publicly by Buzzfeed, was filled with unfounded smears about Trump that lacked evidence or proof.

President Donald Trump on Saturday seemingly downplayed the significance of Russian-bought Facebook ads, which some lawmakers investigating election meddling have said were meant to influence last year's campaign and divide Americans. And, while Trump labeled the dossier "discredited" and "fake", investigators looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election have been taking it increasingly seriously. Democrats continued to pay for it once it was clear he would be the Republican nominee. "We can not in good conscience do anything but advise our clients to stand on their constitutional privileges, the attorney work product doctrine and contractual obligations", wrote Joshua Levy, the head of Fusion GPS' legal team. The firm's founder, Glenn Simpson, had previously given a 10-hour interview to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Earlier this month, it was reported that the investigation into the dossier had been taken up by the man leading the FBI's Russian Federation probe, Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

When Steele started compiling the dossier in 2016, he was doing so for a Washington firm called Fusion GPS.

"Russian regime has been cultivating, supporting and assisting TRUMP for at least 5 years, " Steele wrote in June.

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