Arrest expected over claim Russian Federation helped Donald Trump win U.S. election
- Author: Tracy Klein Oct 31, 2017,
Oct 31, 2017, 0:43
"If there was enough Russia collusion evidence to warrant a special counsel for the president, there's far more now on the Clinton campaign's connection to a foreign spy ring that included Russians", said Michael Caputo, a former Trump campaign communications adviser.
The tweets came as CNN, citing "sources briefed on the matter", has continued to report that a federal grand jury in Washington on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.
But the conservative news publication denies it had any knowledge or connection to the now-infamous dossier of allegations about President Donald Trump and Russian Federation written by ex-British agent Christopher Steele, who was commissioned by Fusion GPS.
"There is so much GUILT by Democrats/Clinton", Trump alleged, "and now the facts are pouring out". The campaign funded political opposition research into Trump that helped create a highly publicized "dossier" on the Republican candidate and fueled some allegations now under scrutiny by Mueller.
The investigation that turned up a dossier allegedly linking Donald Trump to Russian Federation began at the behest of a conservative website owned by a supporter of Marco Rubio, it has emerged.
The Washington Free Beacon has long hired research firms to dig up dirt on figures such as Trump and Clinton, the paper said. Trump has repeatedly denied allegations of collusion with Russian Federation during and since the campaign.
Multiple congressional committees have undertaken their own investigations into Russian meddling in the elections, following up on the conclusion of USA intelligence agencies that Moscow sought to sway the contest in favor of Trump - an idea that he has frequently dismissed as a hoax.
According to the statement, Free Beacon representatives told the House Intelligence Committee Friday they would answer questions about the "ongoing probe of Fusion GPS and the Steele dossier".
"I would look for a couple of things: one, whether or not Donald Trump has some reaction and talks in a way that could be used against him in the future, because Bob Mueller would do that", Bharara said.
Rep. Adam Schiff, Calif., the ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said Sunday that "a lot" of the information in the dossier has been corroborated.
When then-FBI Director James B. Comey explained to Congress last March the scope of his investigation into Donald Trump aides and Russian Federation, his words would also fit the Hillary Clinton campaign today.
Collins says Elias should also be questioned.
Earlier this month, House and Senate Republican leaders announced they would investigate the uranium deal, and the House Oversight Committee launched a probe into how the FBI investigated Clinton during the campaign.
Democrats have argued that these investigations are meant to distract from the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Earlier this week, CNN reported that the law firm that represented Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee hired the firm and entered "into an engagement for research services that began in April 2016 and concluded before the election in early November". But the State Department has only one seat on the panel that approved the transaction, and the New York Times has reported that Clinton did not participate in the decision.