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Republican Originally Funded Trump Dossier

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An anonymous Republican was reportedly the original funder of a dossier that made allegations about President Donald Trump's connections to Russia.

An. Oct. 24 story in The Washington Post noted that Hillary Clinton's campaign in part covered the cost of the dossier. The Republican National Committee then reposted The Post's story on its website, but omitted a sentence that referred to the GOP as the dossier's original funding source, according to Newsweek.

Byron Tau, a reporter with The Wall Street Journal noted in an Oct. 24 tweet the sentence the RNC removed: "...Fusion GPS’s research into Trump was funded by an unknown Republican client during the GOP primary.

Fusion GPS organized the research in the dossier, which was prepared by former British intelligence official Christopher Steele. An attorney representing Clinton and the Democratic National Committee arranged with Fusion to conduct the research, The Post reports.

Trump denounced the dossier on Oct. 25 as a "disgrace," according to Politico.

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"I understand they paid a tremendous amount of money," he added. "And Hillary Clinton always denied it. The Democrats always denied it. And now, only because it's gonna come out in a court case, they said yes, they did it. They admitted it, and they're embarrassed by it. But I think it's a disgrace. It's a very sad commentary on politics in this country."

The dossier is now part of the congressional investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election, and is also being examined by special counsel Robert Mueller.

The House Intelligence Committee has sought to identify the Republican who initially funded the research. A lawyer for Fusion refused to testify when asked, accusing committee chairman Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California of an "abuse of power" and vowing to defend the right of Fusion's clients to confidentiality.

Trump indicated on Oct. 25 that he knows who was originally behind the project.

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"If I were to guess, I have one name in mind," he added. "It'll probably be revealed. I'd rather not say, but you'll be surprised."

In an Oct. 21 tweet, Trump urged the FBI or U.S. Department of Justice to "immediately release who paid for it," the Post reports.

On Oct. 25, Trump reiterated his suggestion that the Democrats used "the whole Russian thing" as an excuse for losing the election, according to Politico. He added that the election was "very hard for a Democrat to lose," and that the party had "lost it very badly and very easily."

As for the dossier's contents, Trump claims the allegations were "made up." He described Steele as a "failed spy," according to Newsweek.

Brian Fallon, former Clinton campaign press secretary, wrote on Twitter that "if even a shred of that dossier ends up helping Mueller, it will prove money well spent."

A statement from a Democratic National Committee spokeswoman noted that the current party leadership was not involved with any decisions taken on the dossier. However, she added that "there is a serious federal investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, and the American public deserves to know what happened," according to the Post.

Sources: Newsweek, Politico, The Washington Post, Byron Tau/Twitter / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Benjamin Applebaum/ The White House/Flickr

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