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Hillary Admits To, Defends Funding Trump-Russia Dossier

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Former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has defended her role in funding the dossier that purports to reveal connections that President Donald Trump had to Russia during the 2016 election.

"I mean, he has to know -- we'll find out what he knew and how involved he was -- but he had to know that people were making outreach to Russians, to the highest levels of the Kremlin, in order to help him, to hurt me, but more importantly to sow this divisiveness," the former Democratic presidential candidate said on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," according to ABC News.

Clinton stood by her team's actions and said there was a clear distinction between her campaign paying for opposition research and the possibility of Trump's campaign and Russian officials colluding in an attempt to win the election.

"I think most serious people understand that," Clinton added. "This was research started by a Republican donor during the Republican primary, and when Trump got the nomination for the Republican Party, the people doing it came to my campaign lawyer."

That lawyer, Marc Elias, agreed to support the research on Trump.

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"He's an experienced lawyer, he knows what the law is, he knows what opposition research is," the former secretary of state stated.

Former British spy Christopher Steele compiled the potentially incriminating documents against Trump and his campaign after firm Fusion GPS hired him to do so, reportedly paying Steele $168,000, notes CBS News.

Democratic National Convention officials joined members of Clinton's campaign to help fund the research, although the Clinton camp did not end up using Steele's information during the campaign.

Despite her campaign's financial involvement, Clinton reportedly was not made aware of the documents until BuzzFeed News published them.

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"What also didn't come out -- which I think is an even bigger problem as I write in [my] book -- is that the American people didn't even know that the FBI was investigating the Trump campaign because of connections with Russia starting in the summer of 2016," she said on "The Daily Show," according to ABC News.

She added: "So I know that voters should have had that information. That's something that may have influenced some people."

Clinton said that this is the first time in history that "an adversary who attacked us" suffered "so few consequences," and according to her that is "in large measure because the president is so ambivalent."

President Trump has not yet publicly commented on the monetary connection between Clinton and the dossier.

Sources: ABC News, CBS News / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Flickr (2)

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