Hillary Clinton hired FusionGPS through various fronts, the Clinton presidential campaign and DNC, whose financial affairs the Clinton campaign controlled. FEC records show Hillary For America paid just under $5.1 million and the DNC paid nearly $5.4 million to the law firm of Perkins Coie in 2016. FEC records show Obama for America also paid $972,000 to Perkins Coie beginning in April 2016, the same time Hillary for America & DNC hired FusionGPS through Perkins Coie. The Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint with the FEC alleging the DNC and the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign committee violated campaign finance law. They failed to accurately disclose the purpose and recipient of payments for the Steele dossier alleging connections between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia, effectively hiding these payments from public scrutiny, contrary to the requirements of federal law.
Clinton designated Marc E. Elias, her personal lawyer and DNC general counsel, through the law firm of Perkins Coie as payee. Additionally, Perkins Coie employed former Obama White House Chief Legal Counselor, Robert Bauer. When Fusion founder Glenn Simpson was subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee, Simpson claimed attorney-client privilege to cover-up the relationships. Perkins Coie paid FusionGPS a total of $1,024,408 on behalf of Hillary Clinton for the bogus Steele dossier. The dossier was later passed off to mainstream journalists as an authentic KGB document and used by the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) to secure Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against domestic opponents.
Despite the Democrats’ and media narrative that FusionGPS was hired by a Republican initially, former MI6 operative Christopher Steele was not hired by FusionGPS until two months after the Republican client quit and the DNC and Clinton campaign hired Fusion GPS. The Steele dossier is entirely the paid product of Democrat clients that were then put into the hands of the US foreign intelligence gathering apparatus. There is no connection whatsoever between FusionGPS’s former Republican client, and the deceptive and slanderous Steele dossier.
FusionGPS hired Christopher Steele, a former British Intelligence Officer of Orbis Business Intelligence (Steele’s London-based firm), to compile the Steele dossier alleging ties between Trump and Russia. Steele disclosed his role and the period of his employment with FusionGPS (12 Jun 2016 through 30 Oct 2016) in later court filings stemming from a lawsuit against him and his dossier. Nellie Ohr, wife of Obama Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr and formerly of the CIA’s Open Source Works group, was hired by FusionGPS to work with Steele.
In late May 2016 Nellie Ohr applied for a HAM radio license, a communication tool that would allow Nellie Ohr and Christopher Steele the ability to communicate outside the normal NSA electronic communication intercepts. Steele filed his first report entitled Company Intelligence Report – the infamous the ‘pee pee’ memo – on June 20, 2016. In August 2016 Steele went to Sir Andrew Wood to ask him to act as a go-between to reach Sen. John McCain, to try to give his fake dossier credibility.
Throughout July, August, and September 2016 Fusion GPS was paying journalists from the New York Times, ABC, NBC, Washington Post and others to listen to Christopher Steele who was shopping the Steele dossier. Court papers confirm payments. Because the material was unverified, none of them cited the dossier or its source.
Sometime around Thanksgiving 2016 Simpson met with Dep. Attn. Gen. Bruce Ohr while President-elect Trump was selecting his cabinet The two discussed the Steele dossier, the FBI’s Russia meddling investigation, and what Simpson considered the distressing development of Trump’s victory. The Steele dossier had been in the hands of the FBI for some five months, and FISA Title I surveillance began on Carter Page months earlier.
At the conclusion of the Mueller investigation, special counsel Robert Mueller swore under oath to a House committee that he never heard of FusionGPS.