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Clinton Campaign To Be Probed Over Dossier Allegations

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The Campaign Legal Center is urging the Federal Elections Commission to probe former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign over allegations it commissioned a dossier on President Donald Trump.

The nonprofit filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission saying Clinton and the Democratic National Committee "violated campaign finance law," according to the Daily Mail.

From June 2015 to December 2016, campaign records indicate Clinton's campaign paid law firm Perkins Coie $5.6 million in legal fees, while the DNC paid $3.6 million for "legal services."

The Campaign Legal Center says the law firm used that money to pay opposition research Fusion GPS to look into the dossier, which was released on June 20, 2016.

The controversial dossier claimed Russia had information to blackmail Trump related to "sexually perverted acts," reports Mother Jones. It also alleged members of Trump's inner circle received information regularly about Clinton from the Russian government.

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"By failing to file accurate reports, the DNC and Hillary for America undermined the vital public information role that reporting is intended to serve," the Campaign Legal Center's complaint says.

The nonprofit asked the commission to "impose appropriate sanctions for any and all violations, should enjoin the respondents from any and all violations in the future, and should impose such additional remedies as are necessary and appropriate to ensure compliance."

Trump has spoken out against the Clinton campaign over the allegations, calling the situation a "disgrace."

"I think it's very sad what they've done with this fake dossier," Trump told reporters on Oct. 25 at the White House. "It was made up, and I understand they paid a tremendous amount of money."

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"Hillary Clinton always denied it, the Democrats always denied it," he added. "And now only because it's going to come out in a court case, they said yes they did it. They admitted it and they're embarrassed by it."

Many welcomed news of the complaint.

"Good she has been slinging mud at Trump from day one since he was elected," wrote one person in the Daily Mail's comments section. "As they say people living in glass houses should not throw stones."

"The chickens have come home to roost," commented a second. "Hillary has finally be unmasked as the vile, evil, traitorous witch that she is. But, will the slavishly loyal US media complex, owned and controlled by the DNC publish a word of this?"

Some defended Clinton.

"There is nothing illegal in investigating your political opponent," commented another. "Remember when Trump offered $5million for evidence that Obama was not born in the US?"

Sources: Mother Jones, Daily Mail / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/Embedded Images: United States Department of State/Wikimedia Commons, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Cristian L. Ricardo/Wikimedia Commons

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