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CNN Reporter Falsely Claims Republicans Funded Trump-Russia Dossier

CNN Reporter Falsely Claims Republicans Funded Trump-Russia Dossier

US President Donald Trump says a dossier compiled against him in "bogus", taking a swipe at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and former rival, Hillary Clinton. "And they used this Crooked Hillary pile of garbage as the basis for going after the Trump Campaign!"

The dossier was a collection of unverified claims about alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.

The scathing tweet was apparently triggered by Trump having watched a segment on Fox & Friends, one of the president's favourite news talk shows, and one known for its friendly slant on all things Trump.

While it was unclear which particular discussion Trump was attempting to quote, "Fox and Friends" hosts did discuss the Steele dossier on Tuesday morning. Trump said in a Twitter post.

"How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin' James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife's campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?"

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Clinton did help fund research for the dossier.

Republican donor Paul Singer initially hired Fusion GPS through the Washington Free Beacon to conduct opposition research on Trump and other candidates during the 2016 Republican primary, but that research was unrelated to the dossier. Former MI6 agent, Christopher Steele, who worked as a spy in Moscow for 20 years, was unmasked as its author.

Parts of the dossier, which included claims about Russian prostitutes, haven't been confirmed or disproved.

Trump branded the dossier "fake news" and claimed it was a "political witch hunt".


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