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Solon

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Still, we don't know which Republican candidate was behind the initial research that led to the Trump Dossier.

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In a statement, the Washington Free Beacon said it retained Fusion GPS to provide research on multiple Republican candidates in the 2016 presidential election. Two people familiar with billionaire GOP donor Paul Singer said he provides financial support to the publication.

...The Free Beacon’s lawyers notified the House Intelligence Committee of its role in the matter Friday.

The website published a statement on Friday that said it paid Fusion GPS to research “multiple candidates in the Republican presidential primary, just as we retained other firms to assist in our research into Hillary Clinton.” Since its inception in 2012, the website “has retained third-party firms to conduct research on many individuals and institutions of interest to us and our readers.’’

Opposition research is nothing new in political races, or the corporate world, but it is not a common practice for a news website to hire out such work, which is often expensive. Firms like Fusion GPS can charge tens of thousands of dollars for research on a single subject.

After the Free Beacon stopped paying Fusion GPS, the research firm offered in April 2016 to continue researching Trump for the Clinton campaign and the DNC. The Free Beacon said it did not know at the time that the Clinton campaign and the DNC hired Fusion GPS later to continue the work.

Conservative website first paid Fusion GPS for Trump research
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/conservative-website-first-paid-fusion-gps-for-trump-research/2017/10/27/ee05c1d6-bb6f-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_dossier-810pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.2d635fe6bc92
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Re: Conservative Website Started Investigation that led to Trump Dossier
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2017, 09:29:13 AM »
OK, there was no Republican candidate who started the investigation that led to the Trump Dossier. It was the conservative Washington Free Beacon itself.

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The Washington Free Beacon disclosed in congressional testimony on Friday that it is the mysterious client that initially paid for opposition research on Donald Trump performed by Fusion GPS, the firm that later worked with a former British spy to produce a dossier of claims about ties between Trump and Russia.

Just three days earlier, the Free Beacon, a conservative news site founded in 2012, told its readers that before Democrats hired Fusion GPS in April 2016, the firm's work “was funded by an unknown GOP client while the primary was still going on."

The GOP client was not “unknown” — not to the Free Beacon, anyway. The site's feigned ignorance would have led any reasonable reader to conclude, wrongly, that it was not involved in the work of Fusion GPS.

Free Beacon editor in chief Matthew Continetti did not immediately respond to a Fix inquiry about his site's lack of disclosure. But he and Free Beacon chairman Michael Goldfarb posted a statement on the site Friday night, in which they said that the Free Beacon routinely “has retained third-party firms to conduct research on many individuals and institutions of interest to us and our readers.”

“In that capacity,” they continued, “during the 2016 election cycle, we retained Fusion GPS to provide research on multiple candidates in the Republican presidential primary, just as we retained other firms to assist in our research into Hillary Clinton.”

Washington Free Beacon reported ‘an unknown GOP client’ funded Fusion GPS. It was the Beacon.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/10/27/the-washington-free-beacon-reported-an-unknown-gop-client-funded-fusion-gps-it-was-the-washington-free-beacon/?hpid=hp_hp-cards_hp-card-politics%3Ahomepage%2Fcard&utm_term=.d8d32d0e4b6f
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Re: Conservative Website Started Investigation that led to Trump Dossier
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2017, 12:07:55 PM »
One of the co-owners of the Washington free beacon is anti-Trumper Bill Kristol.  Not surprising to see Kristol trying to knock down President Trump.

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Re: Conservative Website Started Investigation that led to Trump Dossier
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2017, 11:13:01 AM »
Yeah....cause....ummmm....Bill Kristol is a pure conservative. He is the founder of "The Weekly Standard" and of the most renowned conservatives in the nation. And he knows that Trump is an anti-conservative and could destroy the base of the Republican Party.

If you are a real republican you should be a Kristol fan!
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Re: Conservative Website Started Investigation that led to Trump Dossier
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2017, 12:42:36 PM »
Axios has the full monty on the origins of the Trump Dossier. The former Wall Street Journal reporters left the paper to do their own pursuit of the big story. They found a monster.

Below is an intro. Go to the website to see it all.

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In fall 2015, Fusion GPS, an investigative firm run by former senior reporters at the Wall Street Journal, began working on a new assignment — a deep dive into Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Axios' Steve LeVine writes:

    The Washington Free Beacon, funded by a Republican backer of Trump rival Sen. Marco Rubio, was the client. Quickly, Fusion's researchers understood one big thing about Trump's business empire: It seemed inordinately weighted to Russia, and so they turned much effort to untangling that part of his business story.
 
  Why it matters: Trump and Republicans in Congress have tried to discredit Fusion as a tool of Democrats. But the history of the firm's principals suggests the main motive was the thrill of the chase — and serious money.

    LeVine worked on investigative stories with Fusion's two principals — Glenn Simpson (pictured above) and Peter Fritsch — at the Wall Street Journal in the early 2000s, when Steve was the Central Asia correspondent.

    The two former reporters are seriously savvy at finding hard-to-locate — and even more difficult to understand and contextualize — documents and other intelligence on globally powerful people.

    How it happened: "In September 2015, the Washington Free Beacon, whose main funder is Republican hedge fund manager Peter Singer, at the time a Rubio backer and a fierce Trump critic, hired Simpson and Fritsch to look at Trump."

    "They began with a document scrub — collecting all the voluminous legal papers related to Trump's four bankruptcies. Using Pacer, the federal government's repository for legal cases, they began to track lawsuits."

    "Help from a former British intelligence agent came in spring 2016, when Simpson and Fritsch sought some more specialized expertise on Russia, and hired an old acquaintance — Christopher Steele, the former premier Russia expert for British intelligence, and now a private investigator. The documents were suggesting that Trump's businesses were heavily weighted to Russia and Russians; could Steele ask around for some details?

Meet the reporters behind the Trump dossier

https://www.axios.com/trump-dossier-fusion-gps-reporters-2502877053.html
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