President Donald Trump accused Obama For America of paying the law firm that brokered the Steele dossier deal nearly $1 million.
Trump blasted his predecessor's campaign organization after conservative blog, The Federalist, discovered in federal election finance records it had paid at least $972,000 to law firm Perkins Coie since April 2016.
"Report out that Obama Campaign paid $972,000 to Fusion GPS," Trump tweeted on Oct. 30. "The firm also got $12,400,000 (really?) from DNC. Nobody knows who OK'd!"
During the 2016 presidential elections, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee used Perkins Coie as a pass-through to finance research into Trump, reports The Washington Post. It is believed at least one Republican presidential candidate was also involved.
That law firm paid Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm that worked with former British spy Christopher Steele, to produce the dossier. The document revealed controversial information alleging Trump worked with the Russian government during the 2016 election.
Clinton's campaign and Obama's both listed the payments, which -- when combined -- totaled $12.4 million, to Perkin Coie as "legal services."
Adding to suspicion, Marc Elias, the lawyer who paid Fusion GPS on behalf of Clinton, also previously served as a counsel for Obama For America.
Unlike with the Clinton campaign, there is no hard evidence linking Obama For America's Perkin Coie payments to Fusion GPS.
Since news broke out about the Clinton campaign and the dossier, the former presidential candidate and her party are finding themselves in hot water.
The Campaign Legal Center announced on its website it had filed a complaintwith the Federal Elections Commission against Clinton's 2016 campaign and the DNC for "hiding" this information, saying they "violated campaign finance law."
Despite the recent news about the Obama campaign and Perkin Coie link, not all are convinced by Trump's accusations.
"Hey, did you see your former Campaign Manager, Paul Manafort is being indicted & surrendering to authorities today?" shot back a Twitter user in response, referring to news that Trump's former campaign manager was charged with conspiracy and money laundering. "#REALNEWS!"
"Deflection anyone?" agreed one person in the Daily Mail's comments section.
"Trump pulled that $12 million number out of his a*s," added another, referencing special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the presidential election. "Nothing illegal,here. Desperate Donny, trying so very hard to deflect while cowering under his desk. Mueller is coming!"
"Stop your distractions and do your job," wrote a third. "All you do is cry cry and cry .. Defect. Wonder why nothing is getting done...Grow up."
Sources:Donald J. Trump/Twitter (2), The Federalist, The Washington Post, The Campaign Legal Center, Daily Mail / Featured Image: U.S. Embassy London/Flickr / Embedded Images: The Kremlin/Wikimedia Commons, Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons